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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 2016

sp_refreshsqlmodule_internal – The user does not have permission to perform this action.

Honestly, I’m only posting this because I had a hard time finding anything posted on this error and I found it somewhat unclear. Here is a quick walk through to produce the error:

-- Create server principal.
-- Create a database principal…

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0 comments, 1,358 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 28 December 2016

A semester’s worth of Backup and Recovery blogs – The TSQL Tuesday 85 Rollup

I was thrilled to host TSQL Tuesday #85, the last TSQL Tuesday of 2016. My subject was backup and recovery and I was pleased to see this line of my invitation quoted several times.

Backups are one of the most common things DBAs discuss, and they are at once one…

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0 comments, 459 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 26 December 2016

sp_helptext vs object_definition()

I’ve been using sp_helptext for years. Honestly I probably end up using it at least once a day. But I was recently exposed to object_definition() which has a similar output. There are, however, a few differences.


This system function returns the text of any (T-SQL) code based object. I.e.… Read more

3 comments, 623 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 21 December 2016

:OUT :OUT darn results!

Years ago I worked for a company that had a rather cool way of handling requests. When we ran the request the query we used and the output were saved to a directory on the network. This way if there were any questions about what had been done we had… Read more

3 comments, 446 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 19 December 2016

An interview with me

The other day I received an email asking for some help with a school project. Would I please answer some questions about my career and industry. Well after some due diligence I answered the questions. But the questions were rather interesting and the answers turned out pretty well (IMHO) so… Read more

10 comments, 444 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 15 December 2016

DBA Myths: You can only restore one differential backup

Ok, I know I’m hosting T-SQL Tuesday this month but I still had post I wanted to share.

The basic steps when restoring backups are

Full Recovery

  1. The most recent full backup.
  2. The most recent differential backup.
  3. All log backups after the most recent differential.

Simple Recovery

  1. The…

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1 comments, 459 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 13 December 2016

Fixing Data Migration Assistant timeouts

I’ve been really excited about the new Data Migration Assistant (DMA) since I first heard about it. One of the things I like best about it is that unlike the old Upgrade Advisor it doesn’t have to be run on the server being upgraded. You can run it against… Read more

2 comments, 461 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 8 December 2016

TSQL Tuesday #85 Invite – Backup and Recovery

Come on down! You’re the next contestant on T-SQL Tuesday! I’m your host Kenneth Fisher and this month I’d thought we might talk about security.

No. Wait. Sorry, that was last time. This time I want to hear about backup and recovery.

Backups are one of the most common… Read more

10 comments, 534 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 6 December 2016