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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: December 2014

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 160,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for…

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0 comments, 895 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 30 December 2014

Finding a common AD group for a set of users.

I work for a large organization that over the last few years has been doing a LOT of reorgs. And what comes with reorgs? Lots of security requests. I’m always working to find easier ways to deal with them and I’ve gotten pretty good at it over time. One common… Read more

8 comments, 5,830 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 29 December 2014

Do you want to build an Audit?

So I’ve written my second article for SQL Shack. This time instead of an overview of auditing options in sql server I do a walkthrough of the SQL Server Audits feature. It’s probably one of the easiest systems to implement that SQL Server has but it does have… Read more

0 comments, 1,177 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 29 December 2014

Playing with the log – VLF order while growing the log

The log file is one of those parts of SQL Server I find fascinating. For instance it is composed of VLFs (virtual log files). These VLFs are a logical way for SQL to break the physical file down into smaller pieces. These pieces are then marked as “in use” or… Read more

1 comments, 5,816 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 17 December 2014

‘Twas 4:45 Friday

‘Twas 4:45 Friday, and all through the office
not a creature was stirring, not even the bosses.
The code was checked in, into Tortoise with care,
in hopes a release date – soon would be there.

The devs were all slumped – in front of computers,
while prospects of bonuses… Read more

3 comments, 5,340 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 16 December 2014

Does a clustered index sort the rows within a page

This is just something I was curious about. I ran my tests and got an answer and now I thought I would share.

Before I start I want to point out a few things about my tests. I’m using code to create/modify a PRIMARY KEY. PRIMARY KEYs are not necessarily… Read more

0 comments, 1,262 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 15 December 2014


I saw someone ask a few weeks ago if it was faster to drop and re-create an index or do an ALTER INDEX REBUILD. I’m not sure, although I suspect they will take about the same amount of time. And what do I do when I’m not sure how… Read more

6 comments, 3,251 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 11 December 2014

TSQL Tuesday #61: Giving Back, you gain more than you give.

Almost four months ago I posted my goals for the next year in my two year anniversary post. I pretty much decided I was going to continue on the same way I’d been going. Actively posting, writing the odd article, and hopefully catching up with my certifications. Well not only… Read more

0 comments, 735 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 9 December 2014


INSERT INTO SELECT and SELECT INTO may be very similar commands but they have some important differences. Every now and again I see people getting confused by the similarities and missing the differences. So here is a quick check list.

  • They look similar (I think this one throws people…

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4 comments, 6,236 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 3 December 2014

Using a date or int column as the clustered index.

The other day I was answering a question about clustered indexes and it lead indirectly to a twitter conversation on whether a date or int column was better as a clustered index. My contention is that a date column (if it is appropriate and will be useful) is a better… Read more

10 comments, 6,953 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 1 December 2014