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Create Your Own SQL Server Job Management System

Having had the honor of working for quite a few companies that did not have the resources to buy any of the nice SQL Server toys that exist out there, or were willing to put an email  client on the servers, I have found myself spending a good deal of time each morning checking the […]

Track SP Changes by Automatically Saving Your SQL Server SP Text

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SQL Server Startup Parameters

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SQL Server Techniques for Creating a Web Reporting Page — Part 3

This article uses the table we created in Part 1, called CUBE. Data is usually normalized into columns. For example, suppose we have a table of appointments. The table consists of 2 columns, DATE and APPOINTMENT. A common request is to display the data in a monthly calendar format. That is “pivot” the columns into […]

Undocumented SQL Server 2000 System Tables

In this article, I want to tell you about the undocumented system tables shipped with SQL Server 2000. These tables are used by some system stored procedures and most are stored in the master database (only the sysfiles1, sysproperties and sysfulltextnotify system tables are stored in each database). syscursorcolumnsContains the list of the a cursor’s […]

Gigabit Ethernet Direct Connect Networking

A useful device in Ethernet networking is the cross-over cable. There are circumstances where it is necessary to network two computers together and nothing else. Examples include test environments and clustered systems. In such cases, it is desired to avoid the need for a dedicated network switch. On Ethernet and Fast Ethernet networks, this is […]

Interview with Robin Dewson, Author of Beginning SQL Server 2000 Programming

Read the SQL-Server-Performance.Com Book Review Robin Dewson is the author of the Wrox Press book, Beginning SQL Server 2000 Programming, and the co-writer of several other SQL Server-related books, including Professional Access 2000 Programming, Professional SQL Server Development with Access 2000, Professional SQL Server DTS, and Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming. He is a SQL […]

SQL Server Techniques for Creating a Web Reporting Page — Part 2

In this article, we build upon our stored procedure and will demonstrate how to implement SORT and TOTAL row functionality. SORT Our sales manager is happy with our previous work. Now he requests the ability to sort the results, ascending and descending. In the web page, we provide an input select box where he can […]

SQL Server Upgrade Recommendations and Best Practices Part 1: Upgrade Overview and Project Planning

This article is the first of a multi-part series detailing the SQL Server Upgrade process from the technical, logistical and business perspective. In the coming weeks, expanded articles will be published in the following areas: Part 1 – Upgrade Overview and Project Planning SQL Server 6.5 and 7.0 Critical Upgrade Decisions and Redundant Upgrade Architecture […]

Use the Correct ASP (ADO) Syntax to Enable Connection Pooling for Best SQL Server Performance

There is much confusion about how to actually implement connection pooling in VB/VBScript code. In this article I have actually tested various ASP syntax variations and verified the results when using connection pooling.To preface – here are some highlights and some recent findings: Setting connections to “Nothing” in ASP does NOT affect connection pooling – […]
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