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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: May 2017

SQL Crossword

I thought I’d do another crossword. Enjoy! If you need any help with it feel free to let me know

4. Traditional form of an index.
6. Encrypt a column without revealing the encryption keys to the Database Engine.
8. Feature used to limit the amount of CPU,… Read more

7 comments, 2,776 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 31 May 2017

Running multiple queries at the same time.

I read an interesting question today. Someone wanted to be able to run the same stored procedure multiple times, at the same time, but with different parameters each time. One way to do it would be to open multiple query windows, and run them all as close to at… Read more

8 comments, 3,611 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 24 May 2017

What’s in a partition?

In my last post on partitioning I used the $Partition command in passing. I’ve been thinking it deserves a bit more attention.

So what does it do? Per BOL

Returns the partition number into which a set of partitioning column values would be mapped for any specified partition function in…

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0 comments, 487 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 22 May 2017

T-SQL FizzBuzz

I was looking around for something to write about this evening and came across one of Russ Thomas’ (b/t) old monthly challenges (Feb 2016).

The challenge is two-fold. A FizzBuzz problem is a common programming interview challenge that asks a coder to print the numbers from…

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10 comments, 2,811 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 17 May 2017

Why shouldn’t I shrink my database log file?

TL;DR: It’s pretty pointless and can cause performance issues.

Let’s start by asking why you might want to shrink your log.

It’s too big
I find that people who say this frequently don’t have a firm idea of what is too big or even why it might be as big… Read more

8 comments, 460 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 15 May 2017

Dynamic SQL and the joys of QUOTENAME

I’m a big fan of dynamic SQL. In the past I’ve written a How to, a Best Practices and even a Generic Dynamic SP although that last one was a bit so so in my opinion. Depending on what type of dynamic code you are writing QUOTENAME will be… Read more

5 comments, 519 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 11 May 2017

Continuous Integration

It’s T-SQL Tuesday again! This month we are being hosted by James Anderson (b/t). Thanks James! He has asked us to talk about Shipping Database Changes. I actually have some experience with an aspect of this at a previous company and I thought this would… Read more

0 comments, 399 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 9 May 2017

Partitioning on a nullable column

tl;dr; If you are SWITCHing data into a table and the partitioning column is nullable you will need to add AND ColName IS NOT NULL to the constraint of the table that holds the data you are SWITCHing in.

Partitioning is a really handy, if rather complex tool. It can… Read more

3 comments, 1,495 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 3 May 2017

Simple Security Report

Quite a while ago I created a couple of little security scripts to help me out with permissions research. Over time they grew into the procedures sp_dbpermissions and sp_srvpermissions. I recently updated them to v 6.0 and one of the main reasons was so I could add an output Read more

2 comments, 2,186 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 1 May 2017