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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: April 2017

Why is a Windows authenticated login more secure than a SQL authenticated one?

I had this question come up at work the other day and while I knew it was true I wasn’t as sure about why as I’d like. The person I was working with wanted a real answer, not just Because I say so, so off to the internet I… Read more

9 comments, 3,197 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 26 April 2017

SSMS Tips: Copy Full Path

When you right click on a tab you’ll see a number of different options. You can set up new horizontal or vertical tab groups, pin tabs, close tabs etc. But in this particular case take a look at these options.

  • Copy Full Path
  • Open Containing Folder

They… Read more

0 comments, 350 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 24 April 2017

When should I add an index?

We all know indexes are good and I’m hoping everyone knows you can have too many indexes. That means we should be careful when adding new indexes right? So when should we add a new index?

Here are my general rules of thumb, although of course, you should always… Read more

7 comments, 2,705 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 19 April 2017

What is the “cost” in Cost Threshold for Parallelism?

tl;dr; While at one point the cost of a query was an estimated time to run in seconds, today it’s just an estimated number used to give an idea of scale.

Cost Threshold for Parallelism has come up several times recently. Just so far this year I’ve found the following… Read more

2 comments, 479 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 17 April 2017

No space queries

You know, sometimes you get a silly idea in your head and you just HAVE to try it out. The idea? Can I write a query without any white space? No spaces, no carriage returns etc. As it happens, yes. Yes I can.


You’ll notice I had to use… Read more

2 comments, 337 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 13 April 2017

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Koen Verbeeck (b/t) is hosting T-SQL Tuesday this month and our topic is The times they are a-changing. In other words How does the cloud impact you and your job?

Well, to discuss how I feel about the cloud I have to go back a… Read more

2 comments, 466 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 11 April 2017

How do I change the increment of an identity column?

Wellll .. technically there is no native way to do it. I even went through my notes on identity columns. No luck.

So how do we do it then? Well, believe it or not, there is a way. The other day Adam Machanic (b/t) pointed out… Read more

2 comments, 416 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 5 April 2017

Hiding tables in SSMS Object Explorer

Extended Properties

Sometimes you find out the strangest things about SQL Server. I’ve written about extended properties before but had no idea they actually did anything beyond documentation. Then the other day I was reading a forum entry (no clue why) and saw a really interesting answer to the question.… Read more

6 comments, 432 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 3 April 2017