SQL Clone
SQLServerCentral is supported by Redgate
Log in  ::  Register  ::  Not logged in


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: November 2014

Who’s on call

Kenneth Fisher:

I really enjoyed writing this post last year and honestly still enjoy reading it myself. And since tomorrow is a holiday for a lot of people (I’m in America so I get to make that assumption) it seemed like a good time to bring it out again.…

Read more

0 comments, 1,049 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 26 November 2014

Putting sp_ at the beginning of your stored procedure.

Every now and again you see articles and posts about putting sp_ at the beginning of a stored procedure. So what does that do and why should we care? The primary effect is that if you put a stored procedure starting with sp_ in master you can call it directly… Read more

1 comments, 1,079 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 24 November 2014

You don’t really need ORDER BY do you?

You see dozens of blog posts and articles about how the order of a result set is not guaranteed without an ORDER BY clause and here is my contribution to the subject.

You all know I love examples so without further ado here we go:

Using data from AdventureWorks2014


Read more

8 comments, 9,654 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 19 November 2014

Using T-SQL to populate a Central Management Server

We have been using a CMS (Central Management Server) at my office for the last few years. Even beyond the uses for managing multiple servers (PBM etc) we use it primarily as a shared list of registered servers. Given that our current list is a bit over 150 instances we… Read more

6 comments, 6,975 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 17 November 2014

Adding a column to the primary key.

Every now and again you realize that the primary key for a table does not uniquely describe a row. Not really a big deal right? Just add an additional column in order to make it unique and move on. Easy enough if the column already exists and does not allow… Read more

10 comments, 1,075 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 13 November 2014

TSQL Tuesday #60: Something New Learned – What permissions does have?

What have I learned recently? Well as it happens I learned something rather interesting recently and was actually trying to figure out how/when to post it. This month’s T-SQL Tuesday host Chris Yates (b/t) wants to know something we have learned recently so that seems like… Read more

5 comments, 1,653 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 11 November 2014

How to remove additional (unwanted) log files

Using multiple data files is a common best practice for a number of reasons, but multiple log files? Typically a database has only one log file, and in fact I know of only one good reason to add an additional one. Every now and again though someone makes a mistake… Read more

4 comments, 773 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 5 November 2014

My DTS Package won’t load with the error “here were errors loading package”

You are trying to open a DTS package (yes some people still use DTS packages) and receive the following error:

Error opening a DTS package 
TITLE: Open DTS 2000 Package 
here were errors loading package "MyDTSPackageName": 
[DBNETLIB][ConnectionOpen (Invalid Instance()).]Invalid connection. (Microsoft.SqlServer.DtsObjectExplorerUI)

First let me point out that the “here… Read more

0 comments, 779 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 3 November 2014