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Free Tools for the SQL Server DBA

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cowboy_k
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I'm not sure how it compares to ExamDiff, but I like KDiff3 - http://kdiff3.sourceforge.net/
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Be carefull when using the sysinternals handle executable as part of a SQL Server Job. For more details see:
http://forum.sysinternals.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=9912&KW=sql+server&PID=43231#43231
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SQL Server 2000 has an Agent service that can run jobs that can perform file manipulation and a frequent problem is that the file is open by another process. An example is a job to perform database backups which also deletes prior backups that are older than a specified criteria. I have set up a SQL Server jobs that runs handle.exe when the database backup job step fails.

Handle version 3.02 works fine but handle v3.20 cause the SQL Server job to hang, that is, the SQL Server Job status is executing and it never finishes. This hang does not occur when handle is run as a windows scheduled task.

SQL = Scarcely Qualifies as a Language
Vishal Verma-436010
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Is there a freeware utility that will scan the network for SQL servers to see if there are any SQL servers not properly licensed?

Thanks

Vishal


Timothy J. Bruce
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One tool I've found absolutely critical is the ability to format and write SQL - in other words - an editor.

The one I use is Context. It's free and provides color highlighting for SQL and many other languages. It's available from http://www.context.cx/

It's fast, and it works well, and I've written some scripts to help me load it quickly, passing the filename as a parameter. I've also associated the .SQL extension with it, so double-clicking on the file sends it to Context rather than to ISQL/OSQL/etc.

Tim




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Rudy Panigas
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SQLRecon - see my earlier post It will display the versions of sql it found on your network



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I ran SQLRecon. I get a scan result like the following sample:

how do you tell if the SQL server is licensed?

Thanks


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The product will show the version number. Nothing will tell you if it's registered to you
or you company



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SQLServerToolKit is an amazing tool. Toad for SQL Server is also a useful tool. Thanks a million David for sharing these tools.

RSingh


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SQLSpy from HybridX (http://www.hybridx.com/SqlSpy.Aspx)
David Bird
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Thanks for all the feed back on the article. I enjoyed reading about the additional free tools available and your comments on the article. I can't wait to give these other tools a try.

I did take a quick look at the open source tool KDiff3 mentioned by cowboy_k. The tool works great for scripts created by SQL Server 2005 Management Studio. Examdiff was unable to compare these scripts because it would treat them as binary files. KDiff3 has another nice feature. When it finds differences between files, only the differences are highlighted instead of the entire line.

Carlo, you should be able to access the link http://www.fullsun.net/. I am unaware of any alternative link.



David Bird
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