Apathy, or something like it

Do you ever have those days where nothing seems right? Where the things that usually get you going at work just aren’t? Maybe a few days when, instead of being excited about the new shiny, you are bereft of any interest in it. If any of this is true then you may be suffering from […]

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Enabling IFI on Setup in SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 has added a couple of nice new options to the setup experience. First they added the ability to have multiple tempdb files on install, a nice time saver for later. And now, with CTP 3.0 they have added the ability to enable IFI on install. What is IFI, and how do I […]

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BCP and Code Page Fun

Quick, what’s the fastest and easiest way to get data out of a SQL Server table? Time’s up. It’s BCP. If you aren’t familiar with BCP it is a command line utility to bulk copy data out of, and in to tables. It has been around for donkeys years (technical term), and while it doesn’t […]

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Getting the SQL Server Install Path

One of the challenges that comes along with a large number of SQL Servers, that aren’t always built out in a standard fashion, is that you run into problems whereby correct AV exclusions are not set, leading to performance problems (and other issues). Going through and quickly grabbing the location of the SQL Server executable, […]

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SSMS Results: A Cautionary Tale

As a person who messes with SQL Server there is a pretty strong probability that you are using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). It is a very full featured tool, but does have a couple of problems and quirks (like crashing on large result sets due to it reaching the maximum memory allocation for a […]

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ISNULL & Data Length Handling

Some folks are not fans of having NULL values in your data. I am not much of a fan myself, however sometimes (all the time) they are a reality in which we have to deal. When working with NULL there are lots of strange behaviors you have to be sure to manage, for example WHERE […]

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