SQL Server: A More Flexible xp_ReadErrorLog That Reads All Error Logs Including Archives

I am sure that all of you are already familiar with the extended stored procedure xp_ReadErrorLog and its less flexible and published equivalent sp_ReadErrorLog (which takes less parameters) for reading the SQL Server Error Log. xp_ReadErrorLog - To read current error log: The extended stored procedure xp_ReadErrorLog is very useful. It helps with reading the … Continue reading SQL Server: A More Flexible xp_ReadErrorLog That Reads All Error Logs Including Archives

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PowerShell & SQL Server: Run In Parallel – Collect SQL Results With PRINT Output From Across Your SQL Farm – Fast!

If you have been working with PowerShell and SQL Server for a while now, you know that it is not difficult to capture the PRINT statement output as VERBOSE output (which can then be redirected to a variable or file). You also know that it is not too difficult to run SQL in parallel against … Continue reading PowerShell & SQL Server: Run In Parallel – Collect SQL Results With PRINT Output From Across Your SQL Farm – Fast!

Oracle & .NET: Resolve – Exception calling “Fill” with “1” argument(s): ‘count’ must be non-negative.

This is one of those obscure errors that has no answer on the Web. I ran into this error trying to migrate an Oracle table to SQL Server (one of many). The issue seemed to be only with certain rows of this table as it migrated majority of the data without issues. Below is the … Continue reading Oracle & .NET: Resolve – Exception calling “Fill” with “1” argument(s): ‘count’ must be non-negative.

SQL Server: Run A Very Large Script By Splitting It Into Pieces Using PowerShell

Everyday is an interesting day in the life of a DBA. Today, I received a request to run in a HUGE script. This script had 125k INSERT statements each in a separate line. Just opening the script was an issue, leave alone running it into a database. You get this error in SSMS just trying … Continue reading SQL Server: Run A Very Large Script By Splitting It Into Pieces Using PowerShell

Clone A SQL Server Software Installation

Cloning is perhaps not the right term to use here but let us pretend that it is and keep going. Let us say that you want to install SQL Server on another host say NewHost but you want it to have the same settings as another host/instance on say ModelHost. In fact, let us say … Continue reading Clone A SQL Server Software Installation