T-SQL Tuesday: The Contributing Factor

Ewald Cress writes: Find a person or several people to pick on, and tell us a shareable story or two about how they have made a positive contribution in your life. I’ve known Ewald for 27 years, though we only met two years ago. It’s wonderful that he is hosting this T-SQL Tuesday. My first[…]

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End of Life for Microsoft Windows XP and Server 2003: Six-One or Up

Five months from now, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP. As Tim Rains points out, running Windows XP after this date will effectively be an open invitation for attack. XP will, in his words, be “zero day forever”. As you know, Windows XP is the client version of Windows Server 2003, and includes much of[…]

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Duplicate Index Finder updated

The SQL Server 2000 Duplicate Index Finder has been updated. I presented the newest version tonight at the SQLskills.com immersion event open night. Grab the scripts here. Changes include a workaround for appending RID and UNIQUIFIER identifiers to indexes. From what I can tell, it is version-complete now. Unless any bugs creep up again, of[…]

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Remove duplicate indexes in SQL Server 2000

With permission from Kimberly Tripp, the creator of the fantastic duplicate index finder for SQL Server 2005 and 2008, I have ported this duplicate index finder to SQL Server 2000. I am fortunate in many respects, in that SQL Server 2000 does not support included columns, nor disabled indexes, so the scripts themselves were straightforward.[…]