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# SQL Puzzle.. How many uppercase and lowercase characters in a column

by SQLDenis on Jun 12, 2013 in categories Database Programming, Microsoft SQL Server. Article views: 7979 views

In this week's puzzle we are going to try to figure out how many uppercase, how many lowercase characters are in a column, we are also interested in how many are neither uppercase or lowercase Here is the table and the data CREATE TABLE Puzzle…

# SQL Puzzle.. Sorting results without using ORDER BY

by SQLDenis on Jun 05, 2013 in categories Microsoft SQL Server. Article views: 5322 views

Time for this week's puzzle/teaser. I want to return the results in ascending order but without using ORDER BY If you run this code CREATE TABLE Puzzle (Col1 varchar(20) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY CLUSTERED, Col2 varchar(20) NOT NULL UNIQUE…

# SQL Puzzle...how many even numbers are there in a row

by SQLDenis on May 29, 2013 in categories Database Programming, Microsoft SQL Server. Article views: 5111 views

In last week's puzzle SQL Puzzle: RIGHT without using the RIGHT function we looked at how to do a RIGHT function without using the RIGHT function. Today we are going to find out how many columns are even in a row. Before starting I want you to be aw…

# SQL Puzzle: RIGHT without using the RIGHT function

by SQLDenis on May 22, 2013 in categories Database Programming, Microsoft SQL Server. Article views: 8869 views

I haven't done a puzzle for a long time so I figured let's do a simple one. Return the right 6 characters of the column but without using the RIGHT function. Here is what the table looks like CREATE TABLE #Puzzle(SomeCol CHAR(7)) INSERT #Puzzl…

# SQL Server Database owner ~~UNKNOWN~~

by SQLDenis on May 14, 2013 in categories Database Administration, Microsoft SQL Server Admin, Microsoft SQL Server. Article views: 13872 views

Today I was checking an older server and decided to run sp_helpdb. On a bunch of databases I noticed that the owner was ~~UNKNOWN~~. The only reason I noticed this was when I tried to look at a specific database which is mirrored. I was greeted with thi…

# Fixing a SQL Server could not spawn FRunCM thread error

by SQLDenis on Apr 30, 2013 in categories Microsoft SQL Server Admin, Microsoft SQL Server. Article views: 14284 views

I had to change the account that some SQL Server boxes were using to run the SQL Server services. After I changed the account on one machine from DomainName\User to DomainName\NewUser SQL Server wouldn't start up In the error log I saw the following…

# Where to find the xtype info for SQL Server in a table

by SQLDenis on Apr 26, 2013 in categories Database Programming, Microsoft SQL Server Admin, Microsoft SQL Server. Article views: 11521 views

If you look at the sys.sysobjects view, you will see an xtype column listed Object type. Can be one of the following object types: AF = Aggregate function (CLR) C = CHECK constraint D = Default or DEFAULT constraint F = FOREIGN KEY constraint L…

# Using a Dedicated Administrator Connection via SSMS

by SQLDenis on Apr 07, 2013 in categories Database Programming, Microsoft SQL Server Admin, Microsoft SQL Server. Article views: 13959 views

If you need to use a Dedicated Administrator Connection (DAC) via SSMS, you can't just use the Connect Object Explorer, if you try you will get the following error Dedicated administrator connections are not supported via SSMS as it establishes multi…

# Messing with your friendly DBA on April Fools' Day

by SQLDenis on Mar 29, 2013 in categories Microsoft SQL Server Admin. Article views: 10985 views

April Fools' Day is a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. Why not trying to play some practical jokes on your friendly DBA :-) The first thing we are going to do is to spoof the host and program name. This is easy to do. Click on Connect, choose Database Engine, you will see the following box