Pinalkumar Dave


Pinalkumar Dave is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, mentor for Solid Quality India, and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He has written more than 1,500 articles on his blog at He is a dynamic and proficient principal database architect, corporate trainer, and project manager, who specializes in SQL Server programming and has seven years of hands-on experience. He holds a Master of Science degree and several certifications, including MCTS, MCDBA, and MCAD (.NET). He is also Regional Mentor for PASS Asia.

Sharpen Your SQL Server Skills
Pick up 7 basic query analysis rules from Dave.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 28 May 2008
Discover the difference between Windows Authentication Mode and Mixed Mode, and learn the names and uses of installed system databases.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 28 Mar 2008 1
Get answers to your questions about SQL Server 2005 Surface Area Configuration tools that can help you protect the SQL Server surface area from security breaches perpetrated by unauthorized users or applications.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 28 Feb 2008 4
More answers to DBAs' questions. What’s the difference between dividing an integer with NULL or zero, or between a unique constraint and a primary key constraint, or between decimal and numeric data types? And how do you retrieve random rows from a table?
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 25 Jan 2008 5
Server backup doesn’t have to be complex. With these simple commands you can perform full, transaction log or incremental, differential, and file backups. Plus you’ll learn commands for recovering files and when to do a tail-log backup.
Sharpen Your Basic SQL Server Skills - 20 Nov 2007 4
DBAs get answers to basic Structured Query Language (SQL) questions on the difference between FILLFACTOR = 0 and FILLFACTOR = 100; ISNULL and NULLIF; clustered index and nonclustered index; % used as wildcard and % used as operator; TRUNCATE and DELETE.
Sharpen Your Skills: Joins, Groupings, and Data Types
Learn the difference between UNION and UNION ALL; INNER JOIN and OUTER JOIN; DISTINCT and GROUP BY; NVARCHAR, VARCHAR, and CHAR; and timestamp and GETDATE().
Sharpen Your Skills: Routines and Clauses 1
SQL Server often features several ways to do the same or similar tasks. To select the best technique for the job, you need to understand the differences.

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Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015

A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
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