Update zero base column to one base

Problem: A co-worker requested help with a query today… Derik, I have an Email table with a list of email addresses per person record. There is an ordinal column that is base zero but I decided to make the index in the…

What happened to the SQL Hammer?

Two months ago I accepted a new position as a Data Architect / Developer (SQL and .NET). I accepted the position partially due to my passion for database design and partially as a means to expand my knowledge base. I’m attempting…

April SQL Server Updates

SQL Server 2014 Cumulative Update #1 is Available Microsoft has released Cumulative Update #1 for SQL Server 2014. KB Article: KB #2931693 114 fixes listed at time of publication (121 total) Build number is 12.0.2342 Relevant for @@VERSION 12.0.2000 through 12.0.2341…

SQL Server 2014 RTM – Release Date

Today, Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2014 RTM will be generally available on April 1st, 2014. In addition to this wonderful piece of information; Quentin Clark (Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and COO Kevin Turner…

Session review – Brent Ozar at RSSUG

Yesterday (Friday, March 14th, 2014) Richmond, VA’s SQL Server user group was fortunate enough to have Brent Ozar ( @BrentO | BrentOzar.com) stopped by and present a 101 level session on SQL Server Internals. I made the 4 hour round…

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 – Cumulative Update #11

From blogs.msdb.com: Dear Customers, The 11th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. Cumulative Update 11 contains all the SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 hotfixes which have been available since the initial release of…

Are your backups enough?

“You only need one thing; a backup or a résumé. Never both.” This quote certainly summarizes a very important piece of being a DBA. You must be able to recover from a disaster. There are many ways to offer redundancy…

PRO TIP: Force table suggestions – Red-Gate SQL Prompt 6

PRO TIP: Force table suggestions – Red-Gate SQL Prompt 6

For those SQL Prompt users, like myself, I’m sure you love its table suggestion feature. Unfortunately, there are situations where you open a query window and the table suggestions don’t immediately populate. This can be annoying if you were looking…

Transactional Replication – Find the Publisher

I manage a moderately complicated topology that includes one-way transactional replication with push subscriptions to and from several database instances. Due to my day-to-day tasks I know this topology pretty well and often I simply know what my publications are,…