Category Archives: System Functions and Stored Procedures

  1. Finding the worst running query in a stored procedure


    September 10, 2015 by Kenneth Fisher

    The other day I was asked to tune a stored procedure. Not exactly an uncommon task, but I worked something …
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  2. Pulling data from the error log


    August 17, 2015 by Kenneth Fisher

    The other day I was asked to pull a list of errors from the SQL Server log into a table …
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  3. Which user function do I use?

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    June 24, 2015 by Kenneth Fisher

    Earlier this week I was scripting out a table with some legacy columns (InsertDate and InsertBy for example). If you …
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  4. Extending your metadata with Extended Properties


    May 18, 2015 by Kenneth Fisher

    Ever wanted to put a comment on a table? Or maybe even a column? How about an expiration date on …
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  5. Who’s using that database?

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    March 9, 2015 by Kenneth Fisher

    A common problem when trying to alter a database (take it offline, add a filegroup, whatever) is that someone else …
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  6. Putting sp_ at the beginning of your stored procedure.


    November 24, 2014 by Kenneth Fisher

    Every now and again you see articles and posts about putting sp_ at the beginning of a stored procedure. So …
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  7. Using T-SQL to populate a Central Management Server


    November 17, 2014 by Kenneth Fisher

    We have been using a CMS (Central Management Server) at my office for the last few years. Even beyond the …
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  8. TSQL Tuesday #60: Something New Learned – What permissions does <username> have?


    November 11, 2014 by Kenneth Fisher

    What have I learned recently? Well as it happens I learned something rather interesting recently and was actually trying to …
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  9. Changing configuration settings with sp_configure


    September 22, 2014 by Kenneth Fisher

    I was recently asked where to go in Configuration Manager to change the settings for xp_cmdshell. It was then that …
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  10. Triggers are not toys!


    September 17, 2014 by Kenneth Fisher

    For the love of all that’s SQL, triggers are not toys! I’m not even talking about logon triggers or DDL …
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