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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

TSQL Tuesday #59: My Hero, My Inspiration, My Wife

TSQL Tuesday is a blog party started by Adam Machanic (b/t) almost 5 years ago. This month Tracey McKibben (b/t) is hosting and wants us to talk about Heroes.

I have to admit this isn’t something I think about much. I have… Read more

0 comments, 306 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 14 October 2014

Required reading before upgrading SQL Server.

I was watching a great presentation by Brent Ozar(b/t) on why to move to SQL 2014 and in the Q & A someone asked about jumping from SQL 2005 up to 2014. This immediately got me to thinking about the Breaking Changes pages that Microsoft puts… Read more

3 comments, 736 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 8 October 2014

You can’t use aggregate/windowing functions with CROSS APPLY

One of my favorite features of CROSS APPLY is the ability to use it instead of a calculated variable. Well recently I was working on performance tuning a rather annoying query (which I will blog about in more detail later) and one of the steps I took was an… Read more

7 comments, 6,257 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 6 October 2014

Intro to Auditing in SQL Server on SQL Shack

I had an article published yesterday on

Intro to Auditing in SQL Server.

It’s worth reading if I do say so myself. In it I go through several different methods for generating data that might be required by an auditor. I range from adding auditing columns to each… Read more

0 comments, 332 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 1 October 2014

Database default locations

One of the options you had when installing your instance was setting some default file locations.

  • Defaut data file location
  • Default log file location
  • Default backup file location

If you are new to installing SQL Server (and even if you aren’t) you might very well have skipped past these… Read more

4 comments, 6,466 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 29 September 2014

What I know about batch files

For a SQL Server guy it sometimes amazes me how often I’m in and out of batch files and how truly useful they can be. To that end here is all that I can remember about batch files (basically a text file that ends with .bat). Everyone seemed to like… Read more

10 comments, 152 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 24 September 2014

Changing configuration settings with sp_configure

I was recently asked where to go in Configuration Manager to change the settings for xp_cmdshell. It was then that I realized that the existence of sp_configure is probably not universal knowledge. I was truly shocked. For some reason I had thought that DBA’s were born with this knowledge. As… Read more

2 comments, 5,920 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 22 September 2014

Triggers are not toys!

For the love of all that’s SQL, triggers are not toys! I’m not even talking about logon triggers or DDL triggers. I’m talking about plain old ordinary DML triggers.

Triggers are very useful tools but can easily cause all sorts of headaches. In fact I would generally advise… Read more

8 comments, 525 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 17 September 2014

I SCHEMABOUND my scalar UDF and you won’t believe what happened next.

Sorry for the click bait but I just couldn’t resist, and to be fair I was pretty impressed with this little trick.

The other week I did a post on SCHEMABINDING and Diana sent me this great link on SCHEMABINDING UDFs. In it TomErv discribes SCHEMABINDING scalar UDFs that… Read more

1 comments, 450 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 15 September 2014

What are trace flags?

Trace flags are one of those things that I’ve heard about more and more over the last five or six years. But only in the past year or so have I started to understand what they are and how to use them. I want to start out by saying that… Read more

0 comments, 6,574 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 11 September 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #58: Passwords

It’s that time again. The second Tuesday of each month we have a blog party called T-SQL Tuesday. The host picks a subject and we all blog about it. It was originally started by Adam Mechanic (b/t) almost 5 years ago. This month Sebastian Meine ( Read more

2 comments, 6,113 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 9 September 2014

Pausing an MSSQL Instance

I’m sure most of you have looked at the control options of the SQL services right? Start an instance, stop an instance, pause an instance. Start, stop, pause. Wait just a minute! Is this SQL Server or an mp3? (I just want to point out I started with a record,… Read more

10 comments, 1,267 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 4 September 2014

Two simple commands that can be a big help in performance tuning.

The first thing that always comes to mind when discussing performance tuning is query plans and rightly so. They are the best information about what a query is doing and so how to improve it. However there are a couple of little commands that can be a big help too.… Read more

5 comments, 1,680 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 2 September 2014

Finding a job!

I’ve been told over the years that I’m pretty good at finding jobs. I mean in the last 25 years and 15 jobs or so (some contract positions) I’ve never been out of work for more than a month and a half at a time. I’ve always thought the methods… Read more

3 comments, 6,301 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 27 August 2014

The amazing never shrinking heap

This is a quick demo of a little “trick” with heaps I’ve known about for a couple of years. However until recently I could never duplicate it on purpose. (You can read that as I’ve had a production problem bite me in the …. repeatedly.) At least I couldn’t duplicated… Read more

0 comments, 225 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 25 August 2014

Two years!

Two years ago today I began my blog with a post about the DEFAULT keyword. I set out with the goal of building a blog I could be truly proud of in three years. One that was well liked and provided value to the community.

Little did I imagine… Read more

7 comments, 432 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 20 August 2014

Generating a restore script

In order to speed up our backups on a large database our team decided to stripe the backup files. In case you weren’t aware of this particular backup feature it his means that a single backup is written to multiple files which can dramatically speed up your backups and restores.… Read more

3 comments, 6,962 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 18 August 2014

More than sp_help

If you have worked with SQL Server for very long you have probably run across the extremely useful system function called sp_help. This handy little function will return a list of the objects in the database if you don’t pass in a parameter. If you do pass in a… Read more

1 comments, 336 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 14 August 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #57: SQL Family

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday topic is SQL Family and is brought to us by Jeffrey Verheul (b/t). It’s an amazing topic, but a difficult one for me to put into words. SQL Family is a lot of things, but at its base it is a group… Read more

1 comments, 144 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 12 August 2014

SchemaBinding – What & Why


When you use the SchemaBinding keyword while creating a view or function you bind the structure of any underlying tables or views. So what does that mean? It means that as long as that schemabound object exists as a schemabound object (ie you don’t remove schemabinding) you are limited… Read more

6 comments, 216 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 6 August 2014

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