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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: January 2015

A quick email interview of Pass President Thomas LaRock

Back in December I had the thought that it would be fun to do an email interview with someone. As I thought about it Thomas LaRock (b/t) sounded like a good choice since he has been working in the community for quite a while and is… Read more

2 comments, 6,403 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 28 January 2015

SQL Judo’s Monthly Challenge – February 2014 – KILL with the DAC

Every month SQL Judo (Russ Thomas) (b/t) challenges us to do his Monthly DBA Challenge. I’ve decided it would be fun (and good practice) to do them. Another major benefit is that it will force me to move out of my normal comfort zone. For… Read more

1 comments, 6,095 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 26 January 2015

Constraint names, Say NO to the default

Have you ever seen a constraint with a name like PK__TableNam__EA185FBF8FF1529D? It’s kind of funny looking right? I mean it makes no difference in terms of how things run but it does make it a bit of a pain when you need to code with it. Say dropping the… Read more

10 comments, 1,713 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 21 January 2015

Except and Intersect

EXCEPT and INTERSECT are two uncommon commands. Not that they do anything odd but they aren’t exactly well known in any detail or used very often. I’ve been using them myself a bit recently and thought I would explore.

Per BOL:

EXCEPT returns any distinct values from the left query…

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7 comments, 7,797 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 19 January 2015

Pagination in SQL Server

It amazes me how much easier certain tasks have gotten in SQL Server. I was watching the Nov 2014 SQL Skills insiders video on OFFSET and FETCH by Jonathan Kehayias (b/t) and remembered fondly an interview I did many, many years ago. As part of the… Read more

5 comments, 8,172 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 15 January 2015

TSQL Tuesday #62: Invitation to Healthy SQL – Why Page Verify?

I don’t think anyone’s ever been happy to get a support call at 11pm on a Saturday night. However this past Saturday that call did have a few things going for it. First of all I was able to spend the first hour or so of it watching the MidnightDBAs… Read more

0 comments, 6,131 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 13 January 2015

Discussing Security with Boris Hristov on SQLHangout #29

Over the years I’ve done a number of posts on various aspects of security. In fact the first thing I ever wrote was security related. A brief explanation and solution for the Double Hop problem on SQL Server Central. Well continuing that theme I had an all to brief, but… Read more

0 comments, 374 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 12 January 2015

Finding the reason for the error “Subquery returned more than 1 value”

First this type of error is because a subquery returned more than one row when it wasn’t allowed to. In some cases (setting the result to a variable or doing an equality (=) for example) a subquery can only return one row. Because this is a error that specifically mentions… Read more

1 comments, 1,043 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 7 January 2015

SQL Judo’s Monthly Challenge – January 2014 – Restore the Master

Every month SQL Judo (Russ Thomas) (b/t) challenges us to do his Monthly DBA Challenge. I’ve decided it would be fun (and good practice) to start doing them and blog about it. Another major benefit is that it will force me to move out of… Read more

5 comments, 6,038 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 5 January 2015