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Duplicate Columns

Yesterday I needed to find several tables in a database that contained a certain column name. It is usually easy if you have only a few tables but this database has almost 2000 tables. I needed to use some T-SQL skills.
I consulted with the SQLHelp hash tag on twitter because it has been a while since I did this last and I knew someone there would remember how to do it quicker than I could. Robert Davis, MCM extraordinaire (blog |twitter) had the following line:

SELECT object_name(object_ID) FROM sys.columns WHERE NAME = ‘<column name>’ 

While Bill Fellows (blog|twitter) had a different approach:

SELECT TABLE_NAME FROMinformation_schema.COLUMNS ISC WHERE isc.COLUMN_NAME =‘<column name>’

Both worked very well and here they are here for you and for me when I need to remember how I did it.  Enjoy!

Cleaning Up SQL Database Mail Logging Records

This morning in my production cluster I noticed MSDB had grown to almost 10gb.  After some help from my friends at #SQLHelp, I ran one of the built-in reports, which are great…thank you Microsoft, ‘Disk Usage by Top Tables’ to tell me which table(s) had grown since I last checked this system database.  I think I found a winner: sysmail_mailitems had an outrageously high amount of records.  Why aren’t these being cleaned up in a job similar to sp_delete_backuphistory or sp_purge_jobhistory?

In order to clean these items up, use the following code:


EXEC sysmail_delete_log_sp @logged_before=’2012-01-13 12:00:00′

You could script this out to run nightly or weekly and remove the last 30 days.  Enjoy!


You’ve Probably Had This Request Before…

So yesterday afternoon I received a management request to provide some statistics on our SQL Servers, probably to justify our positions for the next budget year. No problem, I thought, because I know how many total servers, how many clusters, how many physical boxes and how many are virtual. I also know which ones are production, acceptance, and development and I know how much RAM, how many processors and cores, how many drives and how big they all are. I also know how many licenses we own and which ones are Enterprise versus Standard, which ones are 2008R2 and which ones are 2005.

I also have a script (thanks to Pinal Dave) to tell me pretty much everything I need to know when I run it on each of my servers.  However, that was not the information they requested.   Wait for it, wait for it.

They wanted to know how many records or rows we maintained on how many tables.  In all of my years working with SQL Server, Progress RDBMS, MS Access, and MySQL (in order of awesomeness), I do not think I have ever had anyone ask for that level of information.  The quick stat that everyone wants to know is usually how many servers and how many terabytes.  In our environment, they also want to know how many dot net applications are we supporting on those database servers. 

Much to my dismay, my frantic google session showed many people who had a script that was essentially similar to Pinal’s script (although most were not nearly as fabulous).  So I did what every DBA should do, I sent up a distress call to the #SQLHelp Twitter tag!  Lo and behold who should come to my rescue, why SirSQL ((blog|twitter), who else would you expect?  Although, I was not a damsel in distress so maybe that was a poor analogy, but hey it made me giggle, so why not?

Here is his solution, which is really quite elegant.  I am thinking of automating it on one of my servers so that I can have this handy in case they ask for the information again.  It is inevitable that they will ask for it again when you give it to them once, unless of course I spent hours writing the script myself.  Thanks again, SirSQL!



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