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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: August 2015

The default instance has a name

The default instance actually has an instance name. It’s MSSQLSERVER. This is probably familiar to a lot of you but hold on because I’m going to go a little bit deeper. When we connect to a default instance we typically just put down the server name right? Is that because… Read more

10 comments, 3,252 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 31 August 2015

The 30 minute rule

In one of my first IT jobs (back in the dark ages) we had something called the thirty minute rule. Kind of catchy right? But what did it mean? Simply said, if you have made no progress on a problem for 30 minutes go find some help.

The idea… Read more

7 comments, 649 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 26 August 2015

The tail of the log

The tail of the log

A little while back I was feeling overwhelmed by the number of blog posts ideas that I had so I asked around if anyone wanted one. Surprisingly I only had one taker. Warwick Rudd (b/t), and he wrote this great post… Read more

0 comments, 632 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 24 August 2015

SSMS’s Clipboard Manager

The other day Richie Rump (b/t) mentioned something called a clipboard manager on twitter. I’ll admit I had to ask what exactly they meant, but once it was described to me I realized it was something I’d wanted off and on for years. Basically it’s… Read more

10 comments, 2,808 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 19 August 2015

Pulling data from the error log

The other day I was asked to pull a list of errors from the SQL Server log into a table for analysis. It seemed like something that others might find useful so I decided to post what I came up with.

First I had to get the number of error… Read more

7 comments, 2,904 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 17 August 2015

Getting and storing a high precision datetime

Earlier today I was working on a project where I was recording some time stamps. In order to get as much precision as possible I decided to go with a datetime2 datatype. Unfortunately when I recorded the time stamp it didn’t quite work out liked I’d hoped.

DECLARE @StartDate datetime2…

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5 comments, 561 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 13 August 2015

Database Master Keys can have more than one password.

Our subject for this month’s T-SQL Tuesday blog party (#69) is Encryption, hosted by a guy with an awesome first name: Ken Wilson (b/t).

Encryption isn’t a subject I spend a lot of time on. I’ve studied it enough to know most (I hope) of the… Read more

3 comments, 775 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 11 August 2015

A pattern to match correctly on a value or a NULL

As you may have noticed if you read my blog I learn a lot from trolling various forums. In this particular case I was looking at dba.stackexchange.com and came across this great code pattern. Now the answer comes from Andriy M but in the comments they give credit to… Read more

3 comments, 1,268 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 5 August 2015

SQL Crossword

I decided I’d have some fun today. So for your entertainment here is my first crossword puzzle. (Word and PDF versions at the bottom.)

Download the crossword as a Word file.
Download the crossword as a PDF

Filed under: DBA Humor, Microsoft SQL Server, SQLServerPedia Syndication Tagged: Humor

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6 comments, 928 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 3 August 2015