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Tips from the SQL Server MVPs, September 2001 4
The SQL Server MVPs offer tips about detecting connection blocks, using sp_depends versus Enterprise Manager Display Depandencies windows, using SQL Server to manage resultset paging, and more.
Tips from the SQL Server MVPs - 10 Jun 2001
The SQL Server MVPs offer tips about using Document Object Model (DOM) from T-SQL in SQL Server 2000 to open an XML file, having a unique index that allows multiple NULL values, using subqueries in CHECK constraints, and more!
Tips from the SQL Server MVPs - 10 May 2001
The SQL Server MVPs offer tips about configuring merge replication, copying permissions between user roles and database roles, and more!
Tips from the SQL Server MVPs - 02 Mar 2001 7
The SQL Server MVPs answer questions about replication settings, paging the results of a SQL Server query from within SQL Server, and getting effective permissions of a current user.
Tips from the SQL Server MVPs - 02 Feb 2001
The SQL Server MVPs offer tips about configuring merge replication, configuring a mail profile for SQL Server, and more!
Tips from the SQL Server MVPs - 03 Jan 2001 3
Microsoft’s MVPs answer readers’ questions about new SQL 2000 features, stored procedures, and more.

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Sep 1, 2015
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Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks

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
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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
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
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