SQL SERVER – Script level upgrade for database ‘master’ failed because upgrade step msdb110_upgrade.sql encountered error 926, state 1, severity 25

I have helped many clients in upgrade failures via my On-Demand consulting and I am amazed to see various ways which can break SQL Server upgrade. In this blog we would learn about fixing error Script level upgrade for database ‘master’ failed because of upgrade step ‘sqlagent100_msdb_upgrade.sql’

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SQL SERVER – xp_cmdshell and Net Use ERROR: The Local Device Name is Already in Use

People generally ask me; how do I manage to find a blog topic for every day blogging? And my answer is – “Connect yourself to the ground, try to help people with the basics, have open eyes & ears and promise yourself to learn one new thing every day”. If one can achieve these, every day blogging is easier. As a part of my consulting, I was helping a client to run some scripts and while testing, I learned something new. In this blog, we would learn about cause and solution of the error, the local device name is already in use.

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SQL SERVER – How to Install SSMS From Command Line? Error: The Specified Value for Setting ‘MEDIALAYOUT’ is Invalid.

There are many DBAs who like to automate the deployment of SQL. It is not fun to use wizard in all the installations. Imagine that setup media is kept in a remote share and all you need to do is provide a batch file to run and it would take care of installation. Let us learn How to Install SSMS From Command Line?

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SQL SERVER – How to Connect Using NT AUTHORITY \ SYSTEM Account?

Sometimes it is needed to connect to SQL Server using System account. Don’t literally ask me if this is a valid scenario in first place. Someone just pinged to say – they want to do it. I was personally not sure why, but they had their own internal requirement to do the same. Let us learn about in this blog post about how to connect using NT AUTHORITY \ SYSTEM Account?

It is not possible to provide windows credential in SSMS and they are always grayed out. My exploration is always to keep trying to find a solution to such typical use cases. I was able to find that PSExec can be used to achieve this. I am a big fan of some of the tools from sysinternals. These are handy and quite small footprint of the servers. One of the tools I have day-in day-out is ZoomIt while doing presentations.

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SQL Server – Using SSMS Command Line Parameters

Vinod Kumar M is my very good friend, renowned SQL Server Expert. Vinod Kumar has worked with SQL Server extensively since joining the industry over a decade ago. Before joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft MVP for SQL Server for more than 3 years. He now works with MTC as a Technology Architect. He is a well-known speaker at all major Microsoft and third party technical conferences. Here is a very interesting blog post he sent on the subject of SSMS Command Line Parameters.

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