Category: SQL Server

SQL Server 2016 Developer Edition

With previous versions of SQL Server to get the developer edition, it was usually available for around $50 USD at Amazon.com. With the introduction of SQL Server 2016 Microsoft has made the SQL Server 2016 Developer Edition a free download.

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Is enabling xp_cmdshell a security risk?

After listening to a podcast from Carlos L Chacon (twitter) at SQL Data Partners interviewing Sean McCown (twitter) and some lively discussion on xp_cmdshell, I decided it would be a worthy enough discussion to create a blog post. At a

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SQL Server 2005 End of Life – End of Support Today

Today marks the end of life of SQL Server 2005, originally release in November of 2005, this product has finally come to its end of life point. One of my favorite features that was introduced in SQL Server 2005 was

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Optimize for Ad Hoc Workloads

The Optimize for Ad Hoc Workloads server configuration can improve performance, and is extremely unlikely to negatively impact performance. This was a new feature that was introduced in SQL Server 2008, and as with many new features in SQL Server,

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Transactions Rolled Back in Database

IF you are browsing your error log and come across an error message stating that “1 transactions rolled forward in database ‘msdb’”, or “X transactions rolled back in database ‘msdb’” you might be a bit alarmed. You might also notice

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Free SQL Server Training Videos

Over the last year, I have published many videos to YouTube with Free SQL Server Training. You can find these on my YouTube Channel at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/steveStedman   Most of the focus has been around training people for

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SQL Server Script to Display Job History

Its not always quick and easy in SQL Server to get a full list of the jobs that have been run, when they were run and how long they took. I created the following script to quickly check on the

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SQL Server Mentoring – Now Available

Yesterday I was asked by a client about consulting questions and for my help without the typical minimum hourly commitment. He pointed out that he has things that he could use help with that don’t require a multi-hour type project.

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TSQL – Change Data Capture

You have a need to keep track of all insert, update and delete actions on a table, or multiple tables. As you consider solutions, you might think about using a trigger, however triggers have their own baggage. You consider using

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