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The following new
articles were published:
nature of sp_readerrorlog in SQL Server 2000
Learn how to use sp_readerrorlog to read and search any
file on the disk, not just error logs
This article discusses all the basic aspects of federated
databases (partitioned views), to get you started
How to track
database file growth over a period of time?
Download this stored procedure to find out the growth
patterns of your databases. Tracking database file
growths, helps you understand the rate at which your
database is growing, so that you can plan ahead for your
future storage needs
level security in SQL Server databases
Learn how to implement row level security/permissions
using a combination of views and stored procedures
A new FAQ section "Microsoft SQL Server tools FAQ" is added. It covers
frequently asked questions regarding SQL Server tools
like Enterprise Manager, Query Analyzer and other third
Recreated the "SQL Server Books" page with a complete new
collection of books covering various categories like
programming, administration, XML, performance,
backup/restore, DTS, replication and more
Updated the "SQL Server
page with new and useful resources
Updated the "SQL Server
service packs and versions" page with the version information
of newly released SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 2. Also,
discussed various approaches towards finding the SQL
Server service pack and version, apart from using the
@@VERSION global variable
Enhanced the functionality of PROPERCASE function and stored procedure to make it
New questions added to "SQL Server programming FAQ"
Updated "Database coding
conventions, best practices, programming guidelines" with new information
Enhanced the functionality of this unique stored
procedure, sp_generate_inserts, which scripts your existing
data in the form of INSERT statements. Here are the
- Enhanced the
handling of text columns
- Added the new
parameter @disable_constraints to take care of
- A problem with
handling nullable uniqueidentifier columns is
- Handled the
scenario of omitting all columns gracefully
- Improved the
performance, by avoiding excessive string
Updated the article
security best practices"
Updated the "Typical SQL
Server newsgroup, usenet lingo and abbreviations" page with new
|What's new from
Security alert from Microsoft!
SQL Server Text Formatting Functions Contain Unchecked
SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 2 is released.
Download , Fixlist , Readme.txt
Microsoft has updated the user interface of the entire
support network including the knowledgebase site. Check out the
new look of knowledgebase
Ever wondered why SQL Server chose to recompile your
stored procedure all of a sudden? With SQL Server 2000
SP2, Profiler shows you the reason for recompilation. For
INF: How to Identify the Cause of
Recompilation in a SP:Recompile Event (Q308737)
Looking for programmatic alternative to using Profiler?
Learn how to create trace, using stored procedures:
INF: How to Create a SQL Server 2000
|Useful information from
other SQL Server based websites <top>
New Worm Targets Microsoft SQL Servers
This new worm attacks SQL Server installations with mixed
mode security and blank 'sa' password.
Read about the future storage system that Microsoft is
going to come up with:
MS poised to switch Windows file systems
Using Windows Security with IIS and SQL
Looking for information on how SQL Server fares against
Oracle? Here are some useful links to get you started
with the hot "SQL Server vs. Oracle" topic:
1) Did you know, in
Query Analyzer, you can bring up help topics, by
hilighting a the required keyword and pressing Shift +
For example, connect to SQL Server using Query Analyzer.
Type the command "DBCC SHOWCONTIG". Hilight the
command using your keyboard or mouse and press Shift +
F1. It will bring up the Books Online page with the
documentation of DBCC SHOWCONTIG.
2) Did you know, SQL Server Books Online pages can be
identified using URLs too, just like web pages?
You can try any of these two techniques to get the URL of
any page in SQL Server Books Online:
- Right click on any
Books Online page, select 'Properties' from the
popup menu. This brings up the Properties dialog
box. Copy the contents of the field titled
"Address: (URL)", by hilighting and
copying using your mouse.
- Open Books Online.
Right click on the Books Online window in your
task bar and select "Jump to URL..."
from the popup menu. Copy the URL from the
"Current URL: " by hilighting and
copying using your mouse.
Now that you have the
URL, you can:
- paste it in the
address bar of Internet Explorer to bring up the
Books Online page.
- invoke the Books
Online page, by executing the URL from Start
- Email the URL to
your fellow DBA/developer.
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