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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: September 2014

Database default locations

One of the options you had when installing your instance was setting some default file locations.

  • Defaut data file location
  • Default log file location
  • Default backup file location

If you are new to installing SQL Server (and even if you aren’t) you might very well have skipped past these… Read more

4 comments, 8,043 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 29 September 2014

What I know about batch files

For a SQL Server guy it sometimes amazes me how often I’m in and out of batch files and how truly useful they can be. To that end here is all that I can remember about batch files (basically a text file that ends with .bat). Everyone seemed to like… Read more

10 comments, 611 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 24 September 2014

Changing configuration settings with sp_configure

I was recently asked where to go in Configuration Manager to change the settings for xp_cmdshell. It was then that I realized that the existence of sp_configure is probably not universal knowledge. I was truly shocked. For some reason I had thought that DBA’s were born with this knowledge. As… Read more

5 comments, 6,815 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 22 September 2014

Triggers are not toys!

For the love of all that’s SQL, triggers are not toys! I’m not even talking about logon triggers or DDL triggers. I’m talking about plain old ordinary DML triggers.

Triggers are very useful tools but can easily cause all sorts of headaches. In fact I would generally advise… Read more

9 comments, 1,428 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 17 September 2014

I SCHEMABOUND my scalar UDF and you won’t believe what happened next.

Sorry for the click bait but I just couldn’t resist, and to be fair I was pretty impressed with this little trick.

The other week I did a post on SCHEMABINDING and Diana sent me this great link on SCHEMABINDING UDFs. In it TomErv discribes SCHEMABINDING scalar UDFs that… Read more

1 comments, 1,176 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 15 September 2014

What are trace flags?

Trace flags are one of those things that I’ve heard about more and more over the last five or six years. But only in the past year or so have I started to understand what they are and how to use them. I want to start out by saying that… Read more

2 comments, 7,798 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 11 September 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #58: Passwords

It’s that time again. The second Tuesday of each month we have a blog party called T-SQL Tuesday. The host picks a subject and we all blog about it. It was originally started by Adam Mechanic (b/t) almost 5 years ago. This month Sebastian Meine ( Read more

2 comments, 6,700 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 9 September 2014

Pausing an MSSQL Instance

I’m sure most of you have looked at the control options of the SQL services right? Start an instance, stop an instance, pause an instance. Start, stop, pause. Wait just a minute! Is this SQL Server or an mp3? (I just want to point out I started with a record,… Read more

10 comments, 3,355 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 4 September 2014

Two simple commands that can be a big help in performance tuning.

The first thing that always comes to mind when discussing performance tuning is query plans and rightly so. They are the best information about what a query is doing and so how to improve it. However there are a couple of little commands that can be a big help too.… Read more

8 comments, 2,546 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 2 September 2014