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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: March 2015

Port numbers and SQL Server

I made a mistake the other day. I’ll admit it. I was wrong. Now I know all of you are shocked, but it does happen on rare occasions. So what was I wrong about you might ask? One of the dev groups I support has been referring to their instances… Read more

0 comments, 8,246 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 30 March 2015

Clean out all bad characters from a string.

I have a customer who is having a problem with a load. He is getting a fair number of bad characters including some unicode characters. The unicode characters in particular are making it so those values won’t go into a varchar column. This isn’t an uncommon problem so when he… Read more

10 comments, 1,077 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 25 March 2015

0 to Speaker

Recently the last day to submit a session for the 2015 Pass Summit rolled around. I mention this because I actually submitted a session. This is the first time I’ve ever submitted something for the summit and only the third time I’ve submitted a session anywhere. And no, in neither… Read more

10 comments, 678 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 23 March 2015

Why not NOLOCK?

Most senior DBAs I’ve met shudder when they hear NOLOCK. Ever wonder why? For the same reason they shudder at shrink, MAXDOP of 1 and even occasionally at UDFs (user defined functions). Because frequently we see cargo cults develop around these technologies. Cases where a group of IT professionals (developers… Read more

10 comments, 1,152 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 18 March 2015

There are #temp tables and then there are ##temp tables.

Temporary tables are a common enough thing in T-SQL that most of us have probably used them on a fairly regular basis. What I don’t think a lot of people know is that there are two types of temporary tables.

  • Local Temporary Tables
    SELECT * INTO #LocalTempTable FROM sys.databases
  • Global…

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1 comments, 649 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 16 March 2015

Using Solutions in SSMS

There are a handful of scripts I use on a regular basis. Adam Mechanic’s (b/t) sp_WhoIsActive, My sp_DBPermissions and sp_SrvPermissions, my script for finding where backups are taken, Paul Brewer’s sp_RestoreGene to name a few. It gets tiresome at best to constantly be looking… Read more

10 comments, 1,188 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 11 March 2015

Who’s using that database?

A common problem when trying to alter a database (take it offline, add a filegroup, whatever) is that someone else is in the database and you need to find them and kick them out before you can proceed. Historically I would use sp_who and scroll down the list looking for… Read more

1 comments, 7,442 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 9 March 2015

I want to blog but …

I don’t know how to get started.

Pretty simple. There are a number of free blogging sites out there. Personally I use WordPress. All you need to do is go to http://www.wordpress.com and sign up for a free space.

I have a blog but setting it up seems like a…

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2 comments, 657 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 4 March 2015

SQL Judo’s Monthly Challenge – March 2014 – Powershell something

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

4 comments, 792 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 2 March 2015