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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 2017

You might be a DBA if

I’d been trying to think of a fun post to write and an homage to Jeff Foxworth’s You might be a redneck series seemed like a good idea. To that end, I create a hashtag #YouMightBeADBA and wrote my post on twitter :). Of course, it turns out that the… Read more

5 comments, 1,508 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 30 August 2017

Create an empty table from a SELECT statement but without the IDENTITY.

A while back I did a post about creating an empty table using a SELECT statement. Basically doing something like this:

SELECT TOP 0 * INTO tableNameArchive FROM tableName

will create a new table with the exact same structure as the source table. It can be a really handy… Read more

3 comments, 2,708 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 28 August 2017

Changing the version of an SSIS package.

Of all of the annoying parts of SSIS, the major version sensitivity has to be the most annoying. Let’s say you create a package in SSDT 2012. You later open that same package with SSDT 16 without thinking about it. SSDT automatically upgrades your to package version 8 (SQL 2014… Read more

2 comments, 1,511 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 23 August 2017

Deploy an SSIS project to the SSIS catalog.

You’ve installed SSDT, created an SSIS project, created any packages you need and now you want to place that project and its packages onto the SQL instance so you can run them. FYI there are several ways to do this using package or project deployment, I’m just going… Read more

0 comments, 264 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 21 August 2017

Creating an SSIS project

Now that SSDT (SQL Server Data Tools) has been installed the next step is to create a project. First, open up Visual Studios 2015 or SQL Server Data Tools 2015 (SSDT is really just a set of modules added to Visual Studio).

Menu File -> New -> Project

Here we… Read more

0 comments, 1,546 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 16 August 2017

Installing the (currently) latest Data Tools

I’m working on a project right now and it’s going to require me not only to refresh my SSIS skills a bit but learn a few things that are only available with the latest tools. So everyone ready for a few SSIS posts? Good. Me too!

Step One and Post… Read more

5 comments, 265 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 14 August 2017

500 posts

Well, that’s something to be proud of. This is my 500th post on this blog. Not including a handful of articles and posts on other people’s blogs. I have to admit, when I started (almost exactly 5 years ago) I don’t think I expected to have reached this point. In… Read more

6 comments, 245 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 10 August 2017

Interview Patterns and Anti-Patterns Combined

It’s that time again. T-SQL Tuesday. The monthly blog party started by Adam Machanic (b/t) seven and a half years ago!! We have a host, who picks a topic (on the first Tuesday of the month) and then we all write about that topic over the… Read more

4 comments, 194 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 8 August 2017

SQL Homework – August 2017 – Create a table

If you didn’t see it last month I’ve started doing monthly SQL Homework. The first month was backups, this month it’s tables.

Here is your homework for August!

  1. Create a table with at least 3 columns.
  2. Add 5 rows to the table.
  3. Add one column to the table.
  4. Update…

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4 comments, 244 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 2 August 2017