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RAND() - Generating Random Numbers in SQL Server
How To Generate Random Numbers with the RAND() Function in SQL Server Transact-SQL? Random numbers are very useful for generating test data, passwords, or other security related data. SQL Server 2005 offers you the random number generator function RAND in two format: RAND(seed) - Starting a new sequ...
2017-03-11, 984👍, 0💬

CONTINUE to Next Loop Iteration in SQL Server Transact-SQL
How to continue to the next iteration of a WHILE loop in SQL Server Transact-SQL? How to use CONTINUE statements? You can use the CONTINUE statement to continue to the next iteration of a WHILE loop by skipping the rest of statement block of the current iteration using this syntax: WHILE condition B...
2017-01-11, 758👍, 0💬

DDL (Data Definition Language) Statements for Tables? in SQL Server
What are DDL (Data Definition Language) statements for tables in SQL Server? DDL (Data Definition Language) statements are statements to create and manage data objects in the database. The are three primary DDL statements to create and manage tables: CREATE TABLE - Creating a new table. ALTER TABLE ...
2016-11-20, 731👍, 0💬

WHILE ... Loops in SQL Server Transact-SQL
How to execute statements in loops in SQL Server Transact-SQL? How to use WHILE ... loops? You can use WHILE ... statements to execute statements in loops in Transact-SQL using these syntaxes: -- Loop with a single statement WHILE condition statement -- Loop with a statement block WHILE condition --...
2017-01-11, 730👍, 0💬

DATEADD() Function Usage Examples in SQL Server
How To Use DATEADD() Function in SQL Server Transact-SQL? DATEADD() is a very useful function for manipulating date and time values. The following tutorial exercise shows you some good DATEADD() usage examples: -- Incrementing 1 year on a leap date DECLARE @birth_date DATETIME; SET @birth_date = '20...
2017-02-20, 706👍, 0💬

Managing Security, Login and User in SQL Server
Where to find answers to frequently asked questions on Managing Security, Login and User in SQL Server? Here is a list of frequently asked questions and their answers compiled by FYIcenter.com DBA team on Managing Security, Login and User in SQL Server. Clear answers are provided with tutorial exerc...
2016-10-20, 676👍, 0💬

CREATE TABLE - Creating New Tables in SQL Server
How to create new tables with "CREATE TABLE" statements in SQL Server? If you want to create a new table, you can use the "CREATE TABLE" statement. The following tutorial script shows you how to create a table called "tip": CREATE TABLE tip (id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY, subject VARCHAR(80) NOT NULL, desc...
2016-11-17, 671👍, 0💬

Counting Rows with the COUNT(*) Function in SQL Server
How To Count Rows with the COUNT(*) Function in SQL Server? If you want to count the number of rows, you can use the COUNT(*) function in the SELECT clause. The following tutorial exercise shows you some good examples: SELECT COUNT(*) FROM fyi_links GO 7 SELECT COUNT(*) FROM fyi_links WHERE url LIKE...
2016-10-26, 663👍, 0💬

Connecting SQL Server Management Studio Express To a SQL Server in SQL Server
How to connect SQL Server Management Studio Express to SQL Server 2005 Express in SQL Server? Once you have SQL Server 2005 Express installed and running on your local machine, you are ready to connect SQL Server Management Studio Express to the server: Click Start > Programs > Microso...
2016-12-04, 649👍, 0💬

SQL Server Database Tutorials
Where to find SQL Server database server tutorials? Here is a collection of tutorials, tips and FAQs for SQL Server DBA and SQL Server database application developers. Clear explanations and sample scripts provided can be used as learning tutorials or interview preparation guides. It doesn't matter ...
2016-10-18, 649👍, 0💬

Generating CREATE VIEW Scripts on Existing Views in SQL Server
How To Generate CREATE VIEW Script on an Existing View in SQL Server? If you want to know how an existing view was created, you can use SQL Server Management Studio to automatically generate a "CREATE VIEW" script The following tutorial shows you how to do this: 1. Run SQL Server Management Studio a...
2016-11-05, 636👍, 0💬

GO - Sending a Statement Batch from "sqlcmd" in SQL Server
How To Use GO Command in "sqlcmd" in SQL Server? "sqlcmd" is a command line client application to run Transact-SQL statements on a target SQL Server. When "sqlcmd" is started and connected to a SQL Server, it will start a new batch and prompt you to enter the first statement of the batch. You can en...
2016-12-04, 634👍, 0💬

FLOOR, CEILING, ROUND - Converting Values to Integers in SQL Server
How To Convert Numeric Values to Integers in SQL Server Transact-SQL? Sometimes you need to round a numeric value into an integer. SQL Server 2005 offers you a number of ways to do this: FLOOR(value) - Returning the largest integer less than or equal to the input value. The returning data type is th...
2017-03-22, 631👍, 0💬

READ_ONLY/READ_WRITE - Database Update Options in SQL Server
How to set database to be READ_ONLY in SQL Server? Databases in SQL Server have two update options: READ_WRITE - Data objects are allowed to be queried and modified. This is the default. READ_ONLY - Data objects are allowed to be queried, but not allowed to be modified. You can use the "ALTER DATABA...
2016-11-20, 627👍, 0💬

What Is Microsoft SQL Server in SQL Server
What is Microsoft SQL Server in SQL Server? Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) developed by Microsoft. It runs on Windows systems and uses Transact-SQL as the query language. Microsoft SQL Server release history: 1993 - SQL Server 4.21 for Windows NT 1995 - SQL S...
2016-12-08, 605👍, 0💬

sys.server_principals - Listing All Login Names in SQL Server
How To List All Login Names on the Server in SQL Server? If you want to see a list of all login names defined on the server, you can use the system view, sys.server_principals as shown in this tutorial exercise: -- Login with sa SELECT name, sid, type, type_desc FROM sys.server_principals WHERE type...
2016-10-20, 602👍, 0💬

IF ... ELSE Statement in SQL Server Transact-SQL
How to execute statements under given conditions in SQL Server Transact-SQL? How to use IF ... ELSE statements? You can use IF ... ELSE statements to execute statements under given conditions in Transact-SQL using these syntaxes: IF condition statement_1 IF condition statement_1 ELSE statement_2 IF ...
2017-01-11, 599👍, 0💬

DROP_EXISTING - Recreating an Existing Index in SQL Server
How To Recreate an Existing Index in SQL Server? If you want to change the definition of an existing index, you can use the "DROP INDEX" statement to drop the index first. Then use the "CREATE INDEX" statement to create it again with the new definition. But you can also combine those two statements ...
2016-11-08, 595👍, 0💬

EXECUTE - Executing Stored Procedures in SQL Server
How To Execute a Stored Procedure in SQL Server Transact-SQL? If you want execute a stored procedure created previously, you can use the EXECUTE statement in the following formats: EXEC procedure_name; EXECUTE procedure_name; The key word EXEC is actually optional. So you can execute a stored proced...
2017-01-05, 592👍, 0💬

"ALTER USER" - Changing the Name of a Database User in SQL Server
How To Change the Name of a Database User in SQL Server? If you want to change the name of an existing database user, you can use the "ALTER USER" statement as shown in the tutorial exercise below: -- Login with "sa" USE FyiCenterData; GO ALTER USER Fyi_User WITH NAME = Dba_User; GO -- List all user...
2017-08-25, 590👍, 0💬

Downloading and Installing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
Where to find answers to frequently asked questions on Downloading and Installing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition? Here is a list of frequently asked questions and their answers compiled by FYIcenter.com DBA team on Downloading and Installing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Clear answers are provid...
2016-12-08, 590👍, 0💬

Creating a View with Data from Multiple Tables in SQL Server
Can You Create a View with Data from Multiple Tables in SQL Server? Can You Create a View with Data from Multiple Tables? The answer is yes. A view can be created with a SELECT statement to join data from multiple tables. It is a common practice to normalize data into multiple tables. Then using a v...
2016-11-05, 590👍, 0💬

Verifying SQL Server Running Status in SQL Server
How do you know if SQL Server is running on your local system in SQL Server? After installing SQL Server 2006 Express Edition, it will be running on your local system quietly as a background process. If you want to see this process is running, run Windows Task Manager. You should see a process calle...
2016-12-08, 586👍, 0💬

CREATE VIEW - Creating a View on an Existing Table in SQL Server
How To Create a View on an Existing Table in SQL Server? If you want to a view on an existing table, you can use the CREATE VIEW statement in a simple syntax: CREATE VIEW view_name AS SELECT ... The tutorial exercise below shows you how to create a view to represent sub set of data stored in fyi_lin...
2016-11-05, 576👍, 0💬

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