SQL Query To Find Expired Accounts In Active Directory: Knowledge Is Power And The Goodbye List

Alrighty. We're all data people here so you know we all agree that knowledge is power. One thing that is absolutely helpful in a large corporate environment is knowing if someone has been let go/laid off/fired. Using linked server to query active directory you can fairly easily (especially if someone else wrote the query) see… Continue reading SQL Query To Find Expired Accounts In Active Directory: Knowledge Is Power And The Goodbye List

Get The MAX Date From A Cube Using MDX

Here's the goal: populate a sql variable with the max date from one of the dimensions in a cube. It takes a little bit of unusual code but it's relatively simple so pay attention! It's probably important to note this code is assuming you are using a smart key for your date dimension (e.g. the… Continue reading Get The MAX Date From A Cube Using MDX

SQL Job Steps And Run_Duration: The query that formats run_duration correctly and doesn’t make you want to shoot your eye out

Ever tried to figure out how long a step for a particular SQL Server job takes? You can of course get it from the Management Studio, but we're database people! We want to see the trend over time not just a point in time! We want to write queries! Hooray for data! You do a… Continue reading SQL Job Steps And Run_Duration: The query that formats run_duration correctly and doesn’t make you want to shoot your eye out

SQL Server Impact Analysis Query

Ugh. Impact analysis is one my least favorite tasks. And despite the fact it's gotten easier over the years with the addition of being able to check object dependencies natively within SQL Server Management Studio, I still find myself resorting to wildcard searches of object definitions for various reasons. (For example: dependencies on objects accessed… Continue reading SQL Server Impact Analysis Query

SQL Query: To Find Which Columns An Index Is On

Do you need to write a SQL Server query to find out which columns an index is on? Do you have an index name but need to use T-SQL to determine the column names? Not a problem! The query below will qive you exactly what you want. The example uses an AdventureWorks index as the… Continue reading SQL Query: To Find Which Columns An Index Is On

SQL Query: List All Indexes And Their Columns

Looking to write a SQL query which will list out all the indexes in your database as well as the columns in the index? Well my friend you've come to the right place. The query below will give list out the following information: Schema Table Name (or view) Index Name Is Primary Key Is Unique… Continue reading SQL Query: List All Indexes And Their Columns

Escaping From An Underscore In A SQL Server Wildcard / LIKE Search

There are two different ways to perform a wildcard (aka LIKE) search in SQL Server to find a word with an "_" underscore. Both options are outlined at the end of the article after a reference to the cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000: Escape From The Bronx.

Parse and sort SET STATISTICS IO output with Excel

I wish I could say this was my idea. Somebody posted it on twitter awhile back and I did the classic "facepalm". I have no idea how many times I manually picked apart the results of SQL Server's SET STATISTICS IO ON without considering creating a formula to handle it for me. So, somebody came… Continue reading Parse and sort SET STATISTICS IO output with Excel

Set DATA_COMPRESSION for all tables

Working on a quick little project to sync up two databases and I realized the data compression was set differently between the two of them. Apparently, my Google fu was not up to snuff because it took quite a bit of stumbling around to find a forum post matching what I wanted to do.  There… Continue reading Set DATA_COMPRESSION for all tables

SQL Server DELETE FROM: The World’s Scariest DELETE statement

It's out there. Waiting for you. While you sleep, it's awake. It's coming for you. It's the Jason Voorhees of SQL Server and you're the teenager headed into the woods on a dark night... How can you stay safe?  Well my friend, knowledge is power.  (For example, if you're a teenager don't go to Crystal… Continue reading SQL Server DELETE FROM: The World’s Scariest DELETE statement