SQL Server: Fix – Msg 1204, Level 19, State 4 – The instance of the SQL Server Database Engine cannot obtain a LOCK resource at this time…

This is an error that does not happen often. In fact, I came across this for the first time when one of my co-workers Inken HOEIJMANS asked me about this. With her permission, I am reproducing her code solution here. Thank you Inken! She was trying to run a MERGE statement using a large source … Continue reading SQL Server: Fix – Msg 1204, Level 19, State 4 – The instance of the SQL Server Database Engine cannot obtain a LOCK resource at this time…

SQL Server: Fix: Transaction (Process ID) was deadlocked on lock | communication buffer resources with another process and has been chosen as the deadlock victim. Rerun the transaction

I have a nightly SQL Agent job that aggregates backup information from system views to power a Power BI dashboard that the DBA's review periodically for database backup failures. It is actually a PowerShell job that runs every night in parallel to collect the data from hundreds of instances (both SQL Server and Oracle). As … Continue reading SQL Server: Fix: Transaction (Process ID) was deadlocked on lock | communication buffer resources with another process and has been chosen as the deadlock victim. Rerun the transaction

SQL Server: Delete In Chunks To Avoid Log Growth

Today, I had to perform a DELETE that happened to remove quite a bit of data. This caused two issues for me Log file growth which fills up the Transaction Log of the DB TempDB was getting full To avoid both problems I deleted in chunks. OPTION #1: DELETEing in Chunks is easier than you … Continue reading SQL Server: Delete In Chunks To Avoid Log Growth

PowerShell Tip: Specify Select Column List (Attributes/Properties) Dynamically

As we pipe stuff through a pipeline, we may have the need to add/remove/rename columns. These three operations are easy to do. Remove/Add/Rename Remove: Here we remove all attributes returned from Get-Process except Handles and ProcessName by not selecting them Alternatively, you could use the ExcludeProperty parameter if you have to select everything except a … Continue reading PowerShell Tip: Specify Select Column List (Attributes/Properties) Dynamically