Creating a SQL user with consistent SID in all environment

October 13, 2017 No comment

When you add a SQL user with the same user ID’s manually on several environments you will see that after a restore this user has no permissions when he tries to acces that database although he seems to be present when you check the SQL properties. The explication is simple, the SID for that user is different, so the SQL Login and the database user are not the same.

SELECT 'Login' AS principal_type,,SP.sid
  FROM sys.server_principals AS SP
 WHERE name = 'readsoft'
SELECT 'User' AS principal_type,,DP.sid
  FROM sys.database_principals AS DP
WHERE name = 'readsoft';

The solution is simple, you create the Login on 1 SQL server and for all other environments you create that login via a script. This way you ensure that the login and user are related.

CREATE Login readsoft WITH password = '******', SID = 0xF3CA088009A6A647A4C1BF84D2202EB8

Check SQL running processes

October 6, 2017 No comment

If you want to check the processes running on your SQL server you can find all the info you need in sys.dm_exec_requests.

SELECT command,
            CAST(((DATEDIFF(s,start_time,GetDate()))/3600) as varchar) + ' hour(s), '
                  + CAST((DATEDIFF(s,start_time,GetDate())%3600)/60 as varchar) + 'min, '
                  + CAST((DATEDIFF(s,start_time,GetDate())%60) as varchar) + ' sec' as running_time,
            CAST((estimated_completion_time/3600000) as varchar) + ' hour(s), '
                  + CAST((estimated_completion_time %3600000)/60000 as varchar) + 'min, '
                  + CAST((estimated_completion_time %60000)/1000 as varchar) + ' sec' as est_time_to_go,
            dateadd(second,estimated_completion_time/1000, getdate()) as est_completion_time
FROM sys.dm_exec_requests r
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text(r.sql_handle) s

In the example below you can see that there is a back-up running that about 17% completed and a estimated duration

Check SQL last back-date

September 29, 2017 No comment

If you want to check in SQL when your databases was last back-upped (+ the type of back-up), you can execute the script below. this will list you everything of the last 7 days.

CONVERT(CHAR(100), SERVERPROPERTY('Servername')) AS Server, 
CASE msdb..backupset.type 
WHEN 'D' THEN 'Database' 
WHEN 'I' THEN 'Differential database' 
WHEN 'L' THEN 'Log' 
WHEN 'F' THEN 'File/Group' 
WHEN 'G' THEN 'Differential file' 
WHEN 'P' THEN 'Partial' 
WHEN 'Q' THEN 'Differential partial' 
END AS backup_type, 
msdb.dbo.backupmediafamily.physical_device_name, AS backupset_name, 
FROM msdb.dbo.backupmediafamily 
INNER JOIN msdb.dbo.backupset ON msdb.dbo.backupmediafamily.media_set_id = msdb.dbo.backupset.media_set_id 
WHERE (CONVERT(datetime, msdb.dbo.backupset.backup_start_date, 102) >= GETDATE() - 7) 
msdb.dbo.backupset.backup_finish_date desc,

Check SQL last restore-date

September 29, 2017 No comment

If you want to check in SQL when your databases was last restored, you can execute the script below.

SELECT  [rs].[destination_database_name] ,
        [rs].[restore_date] ,
        [bs].[backup_start_date] ,
        [bs].[backup_finish_date] ,
        [bs].[database_name] AS [source_database_name] ,
        [bmf].[physical_device_name] AS [backup_file_used_for_restore]
FROM    msdb..restorehistory rs
        INNER JOIN msdb..backupset bs ON [rs].[backup_set_id] = [bs].[backup_set_id]
        INNER JOIN msdb..backupmediafamily bmf ON [bs].[media_set_id] = [bmf].[media_set_id]
ORDER BY [rs].[restore_date] DESC

Ax2012 An SQL Server 2012

March 15, 2012 No comment


Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RTM is released and hotfix 2680186 is availible for compatibiliteit with Microsoft Dynamics Ax2012.;en-us;2680186

Install Ax2012 on SQL Server 2012 RC0

February 13, 2012 2 comments

During the preparations for Microsoft TechDays 2012 my colleague and I installed a fresh Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server 2012 and Ax 2012. At first all seems to work (the AOS started and we could login with the client), but when we started to prepare and opened the ‘Datasource Name’ lookup on the ‘Document Datasources’ we got an error. After some research my colleague Kenny found that the SQL UtilElements-view used a deprecated keyword called FASTFIRSTROW. After updating the view this functionality seems to work fine. (more…)

Monitoring Table Size Growth in SQL Server

March 31, 2011 No comment

During my vacation I came across a older, but interesting article that shows you how you can monitor table size growth in SQL-server. With a bit of creativity you can create interesting report based on this information or you can just use the examples on the second page.

Edit Top 200 Rows

October 4, 2010 1 comment

When you select/edit records in Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (right click on a table), by default you can only edit the top 200 / select the top 1000 rows. You can easily change this parameter by going to Tools -> Options -> SQL Server Object Explorer and modifying the value of the appropriate property in the grid. The value ‘0’ equals all rows.

SQL Server Activity Monitor

September 29, 2010 No comment

I know there are much more fancy tools you can buy on the market than the standaard build-in Activity Monitor from SQL Server, but is a usefull tool that can help you monitor your Server. You can find it when you right-click on the server instance and then click on Activity Monitor.

The 2 grids I watch most is:

A other tool (but payed) that can give you very good information about your SQL Sever is ‘SQL Sentry‘. You can download a trial from their website.