SQL Server Admin 2014 :: List All Databases In Instance That Are Not Accessed Before Given Date

Jan 10, 2015

Looking for query that lists all databases, in an instance, that are not accessed before a given date (e.g., not accessed before December 31, 2014)?

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: List Of Users That Accessed A Table

Jul 22, 2015

I'm trying to find out what tables are being used in a Database.

I don't want the last User but the User and the Dates.

I have a script that return the last user but that is not going to work.

The following script returns the last user but not all users and the Login Name:

ITH LastActivity (ObjectID, LastAction) AS
SELECT object_id AS TableName,
last_user_seek as LastAction
FROM sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats u
WHERE database_id = db_id(db_name())

[Code] .....

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Cannot Connect To Named Instance (2nd Instance) From Local SSMS

Jul 22, 2015

I've two instances(Default, Named[dynamicsFINANCE]) running on SQL server 2014. However, when I try to connect to named instance say (dynamicsFINANCE) using SQL authentication from local SSMS, I get below error message:

A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified) (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: -1)

I assigned a static port number to the named instance [dynamicsFINANCE] 1450. I also setup the firewall rule to allow access to Port 1450.

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Setting Up Aliased Instance Name

Jul 15, 2015

How to set up a specific aliased instance name. I have installed two identical named instances on a server called LONPOCSQL. The instance names are FINPROD and FINREP, so when connection to them remotely I connect to LONPOCSQLFINPROD or LONPOCSQLFINREP. My question is how can I configure it so that I can connect remotely to the instances in by referencing them as FINPRODFINPROD and FINREPFINREP?

The reason for this is that I need to replace a very old system where the applications connect to the sql servers by referencing them as FINPRODFINPROD and FINREPFINREP respectively. I'm trying to set up a 2-node SQL alwayson AG cluster for HA+DR with one server in the prod DC and the other in DR. I need both instances to live one the same box.

1. As far as I'm aware SQL Aliases only work when the connection is local, remote connections fail
2. I can't create a DNS alias called "FINPRODFINPROD" and point it at a listener name as slashes "" are not allowed in DNS CNAMEs
3. My old boss once built a SQL 2008 R2 failover cluster with two instances on it called "lonsql40lonsql40" but there is no documentation on how he did it and I can't find anything on the web

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Create Three AGs And Listeners In Same Instance

Jul 28, 2015

I have built a SQL 2014 Always on Cluster. I need to create three Availability groups and listeners in the same instance. Do I need 3 separate IP address for each listener or one IP address can be shared for all 3 Listeners ?

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Moving Databases From One PC To Another?

Aug 9, 2015

I've got an old version of SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Edition on an old PC which is failing. I've got a new PC and have put SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition onto it. Now before the old machine completely dies, I've gotten into SSMS on the old machine and did a backup of the databases I want to save. I've moved the .BAK files to where I could get to them from SSMS on the new machine. I've gotten into SSMS and tried to do a restore the database to my new machine. However I'm getting an error that does not make any sense to me.

The database I'm I've backed up is named JobSearch. When I backed it up, that was the only database I had selected. Like I said I copied the .BAK to the new machine. Got into SSMS, told it that I wanted to restore the JobSearch database, telling it where I wanted to put it, and it then immediately fails with a:

"Restore of database 'JobSearch' failed. System.Data.SqlClient.SqlError: Logical file 'VideoLibrary_Data' is not part of the database 'JobSearch'. Use RESTORE FILEISTONLY to list the logical file names."

Well of course VideoLibrary isn't "the logical file". But neither did I select VideoLibrary (which is a database I also want to move, but I'm doing one at a time). So what in heck is going on here? Why is it complaining about a database I haven't even selected to back up? Why, when I check everything on the old machine, it's backing up JobSearch, but on the new machine it sees VideoLibrary?

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Setting Up AG On Default And Named Instance

Aug 26, 2014

Plan to setup AG on in both default and named instance of two nodes. Can we do it ?

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Ports Firewalls And A New Named Instance

Nov 12, 2014

I have an existing 2012 default SQL Express. It's set up on a VPS managed by a third party. I have an administrator account on this 2012 Windows server. I'm not much of a sysadmin or a DBA but I get around. ;)

I've installed a new NAMED instance on this VPS and can not connect to it with client tools (SSMS). If I remote in, I can connect this way.

What steps might a seasoned DBA expect to make when getting a new named instance ready for the world.

Assign a port? Check the port?

Open the firewall for the port?

Will this new named instance listen on a different port than the previously installed SQL Express instance?

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Does Each Node Need To Have Same Instance Name For Listener To Work?

Apr 15, 2015

Say I have 2014 AlwaysOn setup and working:

SQLNode1 ->Instance01
SQLNode2 ->Instance02

When I setup my listener: ListenerA...Do I need to use the instance name in it?

ListenerAInstance01 or ListenerAInstance02 depending on which SQLNode is the "active" availability group?

Am I better off to use the same instance name for both nodes, since my goal is to have all databases on both instances in the same availability group and sync'd? When SQLNode1 migrates over to SQLNode2 I will need to update the instance name in my connection string on the listener from ListenerAInstance01 to Instance02? When I connect with SSMS do I just use: ListenerAInstance01 (or 02)?

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Creating Named Instance On Cluster

Apr 22, 2015

I need to create a named instance on a sql cluster.

How do I perform this? Is it as simple as creating a named instance on a standalone machine? Is there anything I need to consider?

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Remote Access To Named Instance

Jul 6, 2015

I try to connect from a pc to a SQL Server on another pc. Both pc’s are in a workgroup. I want to connect from a Windows Forms application to a named instance on the other computer. By now I have been able to connect from one pc to SQL Server on the other with tcp:smurfin, 52782.

I want to be able to use servernameinstancename (instead of portnumber) to make a connection in a Windows Forms application.

I’ve checked / tried te following:

•In the properties of the instance, tab Connections, the option Allow Remote Connections is enabled
•In Configuration Manager: TCP is enabled
•The service SQL Server Browser is started
•On the tab IPAddresses, in the section IPAll, there is NO portnumber for TCP Port. And TCP Dynamic Ports has the nummer 52782
•I have created un inbound rule for port 52782 and also for 1434 (SQL Server Browser). And to be on the save side: a rule for 1433 as well.
•Restarted the service

If I run the following code in SQL Server, that same port number (52782) is returned:

EXEC xp_ReadErrorLog 0, 1, N'Server is listening on', N'any', NULL, NULL, 'DESC'
SELECT local_tcp_port
FROM sys.dm_exec_connections
WHERE session_id = @@SPID

[Code] ....

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: AlwaysOn And Instance-level Items

Jul 16, 2015

How you are handling the replication of the many instance-level objects/items (logins, linked servers, server roles, database mail, operators, on and on) to the replicas in an AlwaysOn topology.

I'm especially curious about DBAs managing larger SQL Server environments. In my current environment, we have approximately 80 production SQL instances containing about 650 databases that require high availability and disaster recovery.

We use mirroring today and have a solid, home-grown solution for replicating the instance-level items from production to disaster recovery. AlwaysOn changes things a bit since we'll have multiple replicas and of course the database could be active on any one of those at any time. So my concern is about instance-level items being created in one instance but never deployed to the other instances participating in the AG group.

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Static Port Of Named Instance

Nov 3, 2015

I changed the Port of my named instance to use static port but still error log is giving two values ,why??

spid15sServer is listening on [ 'any' <ipv6> 50152].
spid15sServer is listening on [ 'any' <ipv4> 50152].
ServerServer is listening on [ ::1 <ipv6> 57518].
ServerServer is listening on [ <ipv4> 57518].

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List Of Databases On An Instance Of SQL Server

Mar 28, 2007

Is there a way of limiting the "Databases list" to just the databases which I have permission to?
My databases is in a hosted environment, and the list of databases on that server is HUGE.

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Backup Script To Take All The Databases?

Sep 25, 2015

I need backup script to take all the database backups and we have the maintenance plan but our database character size is 98 and when we are taking the backups through maintenance plan while storing the backup history information it is adding the date and timezone information and exceeding the length to 128 so it is not writing the information on MSDB.

So we want to take the backup using the script and it has to create sub folder for each database. Also if any of the database fails it should continue with others.

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Leave DB In Restoring State After Attaching To Instance?

Apr 7, 2015

Why do I leave my DB in Restoring State after attaching to the instance? Could not this fire a redo activity on Transaction Log?

Or, How does sql server undo all uncommitted transactions on active vlf during recovery?

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Picking Static Port Number For Named Instance

Apr 3, 2015

Basically the question is, which number should I pick?

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Changing Compatibility Level Of System Databases

Jun 27, 2014

I have just upgraded a test server from sql server 2008 sp3 to sql server 2014 inplace upgrade. The compatability level of master database has not upgraded. It was showing 90 and the rest of system databases got updated to 120. Is it fine to update the compatibility level of master database ? Any precautions need to taken??

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Installing System Databases To A Non Default Drive?

Mar 25, 2015

How can you install the System Databases to a drive other than the default?

I want the Data Files to be installed on D:MSSQLData and the log files to be stored on D:MSSQLLog.

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Separate Transaction Log Files For Multiple Databases?

May 15, 2015

We have multiple databases on a single instance in an OLTP environment. I have my data files on a separate SAN LUN from my transaction log files (and a few NDFs split out onto additional LUNs). I was wondering if there is a performance benefit to putting each LDF file on its own LUN? Or at least my few busiest LDFs?

We are currently on 2012, but I'm having to put together specs for a 2014 installation and need to answer this question without having an environment in which I can benchmark different setups. I just want to hear whether or not others have done this (why or why not?).

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Delete Orphans Users From Multiple Databases

Oct 21, 2015

I have a requirement to delete all the orphans users for the databases. The issue I am having is with when database principal owns a schema in the DB, User cannt be dropped.

How do I transfer it to DBO in case I am looping multiple databases. This is what I got so far .

declare @is_read_only nvarchar (200)
Select @is_read_only = is_read_only from master.sys.databases where name='test' /* This should be a parameter value */
Declare @SQL as varchar (200)

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Database Mirroring For Large Number Of Databases

Oct 27, 2015

I have a 2 node cluster having 4 cores each wherein having 3 instances of SQL 2008 R2 enterprise comprising of 60 databases, 20 on each instance. I need to setup mirroring for each of the databases to a secondary server having 4 cores and 3 instances. What i understand is that in this case the mirror server will be providing max of 512 worker threads and the 60 mirror databases would consume 240 threads.what all needs to be checked for looking into the feasabilty of going ahead with a async mirror setup as mentioned above.

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: How To List The Target Servers Associated With A Master Server

Sep 9, 2015

I'm looking for a way to list the target servers associated with a master server. The reason is that we're moving to another master server, and I'd prefer not to move the targets manually.

I've got most of the T-SQL already (sp_msx_enlist, sp_add_jobserver), but I'd like a scripted solution instead of a wizard.

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Calculating Average Read / Write Latency Across Instance Using Counters

Apr 27, 2015

How you would calculate the average read/write latency experienced by a SQL Server instance during a specific time window in order to monitor this for multiple instances. From this MSDN blog, I know that you have to take multiple samples and do some calculations to get the correct latency.

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However, the SQLServer:Resource Pool Stats object tracks these numbers per resource pool and we want to get one number for the whole server. Since there can be a different base value for each resource pool, you can't simply sum the numerator values together. Here's some sample data from a server that illustrates the problem.

object_name counter_name instance_name cntr_value cntr_type
SQLServer:Resource Pool Stats Avg Disk Read IO (ms) default 307318919 1073874176
SQLServer:Resource Pool Stats Avg Disk Read IO (ms) Base default 25546724 1073939712
SQLServer:Resource Pool Stats Avg Disk Read IO (ms) internal 2045730 1073874176
SQLServer:Resource Pool Stats Avg Disk Read IO (ms) Base internal 208270 1073939712

I'm thinking I would need to do some sort of weighted average, but I'm not sure if that will result in the correct value. Here's the formula I am thinking about using currently before doing the calculation over time

((default * default[base]) + (internal * internal[base]))/(default[base] + internal[base])

Then to do the calculation over time, I'd use the changes in the calculated numerator and denominator to get the average.

Does this sound like to correct way to get this value? Is there a good way to verify?

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Changing Drive Letter For System Database And User Databases

Oct 18, 2013

I have system database and user database file are present in G,H and W drive.The process is going to be - copy data from G to S, H to T, W to U. Rename G to X, H to Y and W to Z. Rename S to G, T to H and U to W. Reboot the servers. The original G, H and W will then be X, Y and Z. The old S will be the new G, old T will be H and old U will be W. My question is that after doing this whether my SQL server will start or not

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Date Still Showing Up As YYYY-MM-DD?

Aug 26, 2014

Im trying to change the date format to DD-MM-YYYY serverwide.

i have changed to british english in the server settings, and my user also has british english set but the date is still YYYY-MM-DD.

how i can change this?

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Job History Filter By Run Date?

Mar 31, 2015

I have this script that I'm trying to filter the results of the Job History to the day prior at 1800 hours.

It return dates prior to what I have in the WHERE clause.

What should the WHERE Clause look like?

USE msdb
SELECT j.name JobName,h.step_name StepName,
CONVERT(CHAR(10), CAST(STR(h.run_date,8, 0) AS dateTIME), 111) RunDate,
STUFF(STUFF(RIGHT('000000' + CAST ( h.run_time AS VARCHAR(6 ) ) ,6),5,0,':'),3,0,':') RunTime,
h.run_duration StepDuration,
case h.run_status when 0 then 'failed'


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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Put A Clustered Index On A Date Column

May 18, 2015

I would like to put a Clustered Index on a date column in a current heap, but one question/concern.This heap every month has thousands of rows deleted and even more added later. How much of an issue will this cause the Clustered Index as far as page splits? I was thinking Fill Factor of 70%.I would normally just test and still will on Dev box, but my Dev box is much smaller than production as far as power.

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Concatenate Random Date And Time

Oct 20, 2015

I've used some info on here to generate random dates within a given range and also random times - independently they work fine, but I can't seem to join them into a single field of datetime. I'm not sure why. The following snippet works fine as two independent fields:

select CAST(CAST(ABS(CHECKSUM(NEWID()))%(780)+(33968) AS DATETIME) as DATE) as theDate,
CAST(CAST(DATEADD(milliSECOND,ABS(CHECKSUM(NEWID()))%86400000 ,'00:00') AS TIME) as varchar(50)) as theTimeBut when I try to make it a single datetime field:

select CAST(cast(cast(CAST(ABS(CHECKSUM(NEWID()))%(780)+(33968) AS DATETIME) as date) as varchar(50)) + ' ' + cast(CAST(CAST(DATEADD(milliSECOND,ABS(CHECKSUM(NEWID()))%86400000 ,'00:00') AS TIME) as varchar(50)) as varchar(50)) as datetime)

Which returns with: Conversion failed when converting date and/or time from character string.

So what I am really looking for is a way to join those two values into a single datetime field... Or failing that that how to generate random dates within a range including random times...

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Does Security-admin Role Plus Deny Alter Any Login Cancel Each Other Out

Aug 27, 2015

I want to set up a database role so that users can use sp_readerrorlog through SSMS. It does a check on membership in the securityadmin role.

I have tested it and can see you can grant execute on xp_readerrorlog but the SSMS GUI uses sp_readerrorlog.

I thought I could create a user/certificate and add the signature to sp_readerrorlog but it's not permitted (likely because it's not a normal database object).

So the other solution is to add the users to the securityadmin role but then explicitly deny alter any login (best done with a custom server role in 2012+ but otherwise just manually in 2008). I tested this out and it works, I'm not able to alter any logins or increase my own permissions, I also did a check of what's reported from fn_my_permissions(null, null) and it shows minimal permissions like I'd expect.

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Recovery :: How To Find Last Login Date / Time For User DML Activity On Databases On Instance

Jun 22, 2015

How to find last login date/time for user DML acitivity on databases on Instance?

Is there any way we can find our the last login date/time for databases?

Note: 1. We can find if the SQL Trace is running and store.This is not good solution
         2. Audit logins off/on is also not good solution.
         3. Using DMV's also not good option, if reboot sql server instance then historical values can not see.

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Transact SQL :: Log What Users Accessed Which Databases

Nov 9, 2015

I'd like to find out who is accessing various databases and log the time they did so.

Is there a way to do this? I just need the account name and the time logged and then to write to a table so I can query it.

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SQL Server Admin 2014 :: Encryption Key Not Known

Apr 14, 2015

I inherited a lot of Servers to upgrade to 2014 to include an SSRS Server.

The encryption Key was never backed up and it seems that no one knows what the password is?

Do I have to manually load the reports? There are a lot of Reports.


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