Man!!!! Why is the code to create a database snapshot so ridiculously complicated? Actually, I guess I understand why but how about allowing it to be done through SSMS and then setting a bunch of the parameters as defaults for us? Come on Microsoft! Help a SQL brother out! Well luckily, where Microsoft fails, I'm… Continue reading Easy SQL Server Snapshot Script / Proc
Yay! There's a GUI to execute SSIS packages! Boo! It's really hard to figure out how to pass variables through it! You may have seen a message that looked something like this: TITLE: SSIS Execution Properties ------------------------------ DTExec: Could not set Package.Variables[User::MyVarA].Value value to Data Source=DevServ1. ------------------------------ BUTTONS: OK ------------------------------ Here are the three most… Continue reading How To Set Variables Using The SSIS Execute Package Utility
So, when a SQL Server Reporting Services subscription gives you an error message like: "Failure sending mail: The report server has encountered a configuration error. Mail will not be resent." You know exactly what to do to fix it right? Just fix the so called "configuration error". Problem solved! Another day another dollar. Am I… Continue reading SSRS Subscription Error: Failure sending mail: The report server has encountered a configuration error. Mail will not be resent.
So you need to change the owner of an SQL Server Reporting Services subscription? No problema. (Why would you need to change it you might ask? Perhaps because you have deactivated the user account that created the subscription and now "strange things are afoot at the Circle K", and if you know that reference please… Continue reading Change The Owner Of An SSRS Subscription: The Simple Way
Check it out my friends. You need to keep an eye on which accounts are creating your SSRS subscriptions. Why? Because buried inside the ReportServer database (with no way to change it from the front end) SQL Server Reporting Services is keeping track of this information. And when one of those user's account is disabled strange… Continue reading Preventing Failed SSRS Subscriptions: Which user created your subscriptions?
Here's a quick little snippet of T-SQL script that will hopefully prove handy to someone (and that I'll end up googling at some point and find my own blog post). Are you trying to determine who is currently using the dedicated admin connection (aka DAC) on a particular SQL Server? Did SSMS give you a… Continue reading Who Has The DAC?: Or How I Found Out I Had The Dedicated Admin Connection On SQL Server
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
I know. While everyone else is moving on to SQL 2012 here I am upgrading a SSAS 2005 cube to SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services. I can hear Garth imploring me to "Live in the now man!" So as I went about the mundane task of upgrading a cube from a really old version… Continue reading Resolving Analysis Services “The provider ‘SQLNCLI.1’ is not registered”
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
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