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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: November 2017

SQL Puzzle – Word Scrambler

I’ve been writing crosswords for the last few months and to change things up I thought I would do a word scramble. Well, step one was to create a function that would scramble the words for me. Below is my attempt at creating a word scrambler. Your task (should you… Read more

2 comments, 546 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 29 November 2017

Closing all of the connections to a database

Doing a database restore may not be the most common task a database professional will ever do, but it’s a lot more frequent than you might think. Operational restores are not exactly uncommon for example. Now, when you are doing a recovery like this, what is common is that there… Read more

3 comments, 2,241 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 27 November 2017

Why shouldn’t I shrink my database data file?

A while back I did a post about why you shouldn’t shrink your data file. This one is going to be similar in some ways, different in others.

TL;DR: It’s pretty pointless and will almost certainly cause performance issues.

Let’s start by asking why you might want to shrink… Read more

2 comments, 446 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 20 November 2017

Variables in Dynamic SQL

I had someone ask me about this the other day. Specifically getting variable data out of a dynamic SQL statement. I should point out here that I really enjoy dynamic SQL. I find it fairly intuitive and always enjoy the challenge, so I’ve gotten pretty good at it. So I… Read more

1 comments, 1,451 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 16 November 2017

It takes a village

Ewald Cress (b/t) is our host this month for Adam Machanic’s (b/t) monthly blog party T-SQL Tuesday. Having just gotten back from the exaustion of PASS Summit he felt that a less technical subject but one more community related was in… Read more

1 comments, 322 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 14 November 2017

More Collation Confusion. (tempdb)

I’ve talked about Collation Confusion before. We had the dev and test instances at one collation and the production instance was another collation. Wow, was that a headache.

Well, we had a similar issue recently. This time we had a vendor reporting the following error:

Msg 207, Level 16, State… Read more

1 comments, 386 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 8 November 2017


It was recently brought to my attention that not everyone knows everything. This was a shock. Everyone is born knowing the basics though right? Right??

I was sure everyone at least knew what FILLFACTOR is. But based on some rumors I’ve been hearing, it seems not.

What exactly is FILLFACTOR?… Read more

1 comments, 436 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 6 November 2017

SQL Homework Nov 2017: Create a view

Views are a highly useful tool for abstracting how you see the data stored in tables. At their simplest, they are just a stored query that can be run without needing to know the contents of the query itself. Common uses include:

  • Joining tables together
  • Restricting data that can be…

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3 comments, 1,502 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 1 November 2017