Merry Christmas
Produced: 14/02/2016 08:52:00
Well, based on some relatively recent posts I’m pretty sure you can all guess what this will be… it’s Christmas and therefore we need a Christmas drawing!!!

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New Arrival
Produced: 30/08/2015 12:08:00
So I’ve been a little quiet on here recently, well there’s a good reason… 3 weeks ago today I became a dad for the first time and therefore I’ve been a little too tied up to keep my website up to date.

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SQLSkills.com Immersion Event
Produced: 19/04/2015 18:06:00
I’ve been wanting to attend one of these ultimate training courses from Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp for a long time now and finally I managed to get the time off, the money together and book myself on.

Therefore at the beginning of this month I was out in Chicago partaking in some of the most intensive, yet enjoyable, SQL training money can buy.

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Database Consistency Checks
Produced: 11/01/2015 19:27:00
This is vital to the health and safety of your data and databases. Running regular consistency checks will allow you to spot any corruption within your database at any and all levels. Nearly all databases will have some element of corruption at some time or other and therefore you need to be prepared.

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Is SQL Server Installed?
Produced: 02/11/2014 09:21:00
This came about due to incredibly bizarre request I received which happened to throw me a little. Basically I was told by a business that they actually had no idea how many SQL Servers they had or on which machines they could be running. They asked if I knew a way to find them.

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Performance Dashboard
Produced: 28/09/2014 18:09:00
This is an incredibly valuable, and free, tool you can use with SQL Server in order to get a real feel as to how your server is performing, where to look for issues, and miscellaneous other nuggets of information.

I have been using this ever since it came out for SQL Server 2005 and there have been a few changes made along the way, but nothing too detrimental and therefore I’m now quite happily using the latest version instead.

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Using OPENROWSET instead of a Linked Server
Produced: 09/02/2014 17:30:00
Ever been writing some code and found that you need some data from another SQL Server instance? You have security access to the other instance so what do you do?

Well you could easily use a linked server to obtain it, but what if there is no linked server set up and you lack the rights to (or maybe there’s a company rule forbidding) setting one up? Or maybe you just don’t want to use a linked server as these can have pitfalls (I’ve encountered a few).

This is where OPENROWSET comes to the fore. It provides a tidy, simple, and very effective way to obtain data across instances without requiring a linked server.

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Unable to begin a Distributed Transaction
Produced: 17/11/2013 18:13:00
This occured on a client's machine after they had migrated their SQL Server to new hardware with a fresh install of Windows Server 2008 R2. They attempted to use a linked server and received the following error message:

OLE DB provider "SQLNCLI" for linked server "X" returned message "No transaction is active".
Msg 7391, Level 16, State 2, Line 2
The operation could not be performed because OLE DB provider "SQLNCLI" for linked server "X" was unable to begin a distributed transaction.


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SQL Server AUTOCOMMIT within a while loop
Produced: 08/09/2013 13:15:00
This is just a little tip in case you ever have to make a lot of updates or inserts using a while loop and don’t mind a short amount of blocking while you do it.

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