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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: June 2016

Finding, disabling and enabling foreign keys

Foreign keys are a classic method of enforcing RI (Referential Integrity). Unfortunately though, they can get in the way if you have to reload data in a table. Lets say developers would like you to overwrite the data from several tables in the test environment with data from the… Read more

3 comments, 1,930 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 29 June 2016

Perfectly Placed Parentheses

Like many other programming languages T-SQL uses parentheses () for a number of tasks. To help determine precedence, function calls etc. Now it’s nothing like LISP but with enough in one statement it can still get confusing at times.

The last page of any Lisp program

Here is a fairly… Read more

10 comments, 2,547 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 27 June 2016

Database snapshots

This feature is Enterprise only which can limit who it is useful to, but I find the whole concept fascinating. In particular the way it works.

First of all what is a Database Snapshot? A Database Snapshot is a read only copy of a live database. It remains fixed… Read more

4 comments, 486 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 22 June 2016

Minimizing Cloud cost

The cloud can be expensive. I had this hammered home the other day by a simple mistake. I’m currently working with Microsoft’s Azure platform and using one of the free credit options. I get a free $25 a month for a year and fortunately for me this put a… Read more

9 comments, 1,468 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 20 June 2016

Help! My backup file has doubled in size.

Help! I backed up my database yesterday and the backup file was about 200MB but today it’s closer to 400! What happened?

Did you know a single backup file can contain multiple database backups? When you backup a database to a file, if that file already exists, then by default… Read more

2 comments, 527 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 16 June 2016

Comparing two query plans

This month my friend Michael J Swart(b/t) would like us to talk about the new 2016 version of SQL Server. The feature I want to talk about has been around for a bit. Not because it’s not part of SQL 2016 but because it’s part of… Read more

3 comments, 3,305 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 14 June 2016

Comparing the contents of two tables Redux

I did a post the other day on comparing two tables. It was meant as a general overview but I got a fair number of comments and requests for more specifics. So here we go.


    I had one comment that TABLEDIFF uses REBAR functionality. So let’s try an…

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0 comments, 463 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 8 June 2016

I need help with DBCC

Many years ago during an interview I was asked to “Name the top 7 DBCC commands that you use.” I think I was able to name 3. Ever since then I’ve paid particular attention to DBCC commands in preparation of the day when I hear that question again. Well not… Read more

2 comments, 1,395 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 6 June 2016

Using LEN wrong.

I was reading someone’s question the other day on StackExchange and while the existing comments/questions solved the OP’s (original poster) problem they didn’t really answer the question. I was pretty sure I understood what was going on so I decided to throw my own answer into the ring. In the… Read more

4 comments, 4,598 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 2 June 2016