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My name is Kenneth Fisher and I am Senior DBA for a large (multi-national) insurance company. I have been working with databases for over 20 years starting with Clarion and Foxpro. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 12 years but have only really started “studying” the subject for the last 3. I don’t have any real "specialities" but I enjoy trouble shooting and teaching. Thus far I’ve earned by MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCTS Database Administrator 2005, and MCTS Database Developer 2008. I’m currently studying for my MCITP Database Developer 2008 and should start in on the 2012 exams next year. My blog is at www.sqlstudies.com.

Archives: June 2014

Make BOL your friend

One of the most powerful tools we have as users of SQL Server is Books Online (BOL).  Whether you work mainly as an admin, a developer or in BI, Microsoft has provided a HUGE amount of information for you to use.  But BOL is by no means your only resource… Read more

2 comments, 2,806 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 30 June 2014

Dealing with a long string

Every now and again you have to put a really long string (more than 8000 characters). Dynamic SQL is the most frequent example where I see this but I do see it elsewhere as well and it’s very easy to make a simple mistake. This is caused by the fact… Read more

4 comments, 1,654 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 25 June 2014

sp_SrvPermissions & sp_DBPermissions V5.0

These are a couple of stored procedures I wrote to help me with security research. Each of the stored procedures returns three data sets.

  1. A list of principals and some basic properties about them.
  2. Role membership
  3. Object/Database/Server level permissions

Each of the datasets has a set of do/undo scripts… Read more

2 comments, 665 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 23 June 2014

Aliasing a SQL Server: When it works, when it doesn’t and when it may be your problem.

Creating an alias for a SQL Server is fairly easy and there are several ways to do it. Configuration Manager is my personal favorite. Open up configuration manager and select the SQL Native Client xx Configuration. Under that you will find Aliases.

From here you can add, update or delete… Read more

10 comments, 2,313 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 18 June 2014

I don’t want to grant permission to all the tables in the database at once.

A couple of weeks ago I did a post on granting or denying permissions to all the tables within a database. However sometimes you don’t want to grant permissions to the whole database at once. This is still pretty easy but there are no built-in roles to do it.… Read more

1 comments, 1,155 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 16 June 2014

What is this default trace you speak of?

I frequently see the default trace mentioned in answers to forum questions, blog posts, articles, even training sessions. My knowledge of it after 15+ years with SQL Server unfortunately minimal. I know that it is a trace that is created by SQL automatically (hence the default) and that it is… Read more

2 comments, 792 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 12 June 2014

MJ Swart offers free technical editing

A little while back Michael J Swart(B/T) offered to help you become a better writer. This was exciting for me because over the last 2 years (wow I’ve been doing this almost 2 years) I’ve been trying to get better at writing. However getting better… Read more

1 comments, 876 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 9 June 2014

15 years of experience with Identity columns

  • An identity column is an auto incrementing column
  • An identity column is typically used as a primary key
  • A primary key that’s an identity column is usually a surrogate key
  • A surrogate key is one that is not related to the contents of the row in any way
  • An identity…

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10 comments, 1,020 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 4 June 2014

What is the difference between Money and Decimal(19,4)

One of my co-workers and I were discussing the difference between the data type MONEY and the data type DECIMAL(19,4). I was rather curious so I spent some time getting it all down on paper.


First the obvious. MONEY takes up 8 bytes and stores the maximum possible values… Read more

8 comments, 1,491 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 2 June 2014