SQL SERVER – Change Default Fill Factor For Index

SQL Server has default value for fill factor is Zero (0). The fill factor is implemented only when the index is created; it is not maintained after the index is created as data is added, deleted, or updated in the table. When creating an index, you can specify a fill factor to leave extra gaps and reserve a percentage of free space on each leaf level page of the index to accommodate future expansion in the storage of the table’s data and reduce the potential for page splits. Let us learn about how to change default fill factor of index.

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SQL SERVER – 2005 Comparison EXCEPT operator vs. NOT IN

The EXCEPT operator returns all of the distinct rows from the query to the left of the EXCEPT operator when there are no matching rows in the right query. The EXCEPT operator is equivalent of the Left Anti Semi Join. EXCEPT operator works the same way NOT IN. EXCEPTS returns any distinct values from the query to the left of the EXCEPT operand that do not also return from the right query.

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SQL SERVER – Disable Index – Enable Index – ALTER Index

There are few requirements in real world when Index on table needs to be disabled and re-enabled afterwards. e.g. DTS, BCP, BULK INSERT etc. Index can be dropped and recreated. I prefer to disable the Index if I am going to re-enable it again. USE AdventureWorks GO ----Diable Index ALTER INDEX [IX_StoreContact_ContactTypeID]…
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SQL SERVER – Index Optimization CheckList

Index optimization is always interesting subject to me. Every time I receive requests to help optimize query or query on any specific table. I always ask Jr.DBA to go over following list first before I take a look at it. Most of the time the Query Speed is optimized just following basic rules mentioned below. Once following checklist applied interesting optimization part begins which only experiment and experience can resolve.

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SQL SERVER – Good, Better and Best Programming Techniques

A week ago, I was invited to meeting of programmers. Subject of meeting was “Good, Better and Best Programming Techniques”. I had made small note before I went to meeting, so if I have to talk about or discuss SQL Server it can come handy. Well, I did not get…
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SQL SERVER – Difference Between Unique Index vs Unique Constraint

Unique Index and Unique Constraint are the same. They achieve same goal. SQL Performance is same for both. Add Unique Constraint ALTER TABLE dbo.<tablename> ADD CONSTRAINT <namingconventionconstraint> UNIQUE NONCLUSTERED ( <columnname> ) ON [PRIMARY] Add Unique Index CREATE UNIQUE NONCLUSTERED INDEX <namingconventionconstraint> ON dbo.<tablename> ( <columnname> ) ON [PRIMARY] There…
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SQL SERVER – Query to Find Seed Values, Increment Values and Current Identity Column value of the table

Following script will return all the tables which has identity column. It will also return the Seed Values, Increment Values and Current Identity Column value of the table. SELECT IDENT_SEED(TABLE_NAME) AS Seed, IDENT_INCR(TABLE_NAME) AS Increment, IDENT_CURRENT(TABLE_NAME) AS Current_Identity, TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE OBJECTPROPERTY(OBJECT_ID(TABLE_NAME), 'TableHasIdentity') = 1 AND TABLE_TYPE = 'BASE…
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