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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SQL Server: Detach/Attach Gotchas!

Please checkout my post on "Moving Datafiles" which is very related to this method but is preferred more. One would think that detaching and attaching databases is one of the simplest things to do. It is. However, there are so many things that can break by that simple operation by itself and nothing more. Recently, … Continue reading SQL Server: Detach/Attach Gotchas!

SQL Server: Dynamically Calculate Delta Values For Numeric And Date Columns From DMV’s Or Any Table

DMV's are very useful. In fact, they are like glass windows that lets you look at a running engine. There are lots of them and they give us lots of numbers but Most are cumulative in nature!  i.e., the numbers keep on increasing and never decrease. A variation of above like space usage where the … Continue reading SQL Server: Dynamically Calculate Delta Values For Numeric And Date Columns From DMV’s Or Any Table

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!

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