Finding All Gaps In An Identity Column

Have you ever had random inserts into a large table fail? Most of the time, inserts happen fine, but every so often you get a failure with a “primary key violation” error? If your primary key is an integer column with the identity property, you may be wondering how this is possible. What is likely […]

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Are Your Availability Group Backups Really Following Your Configured Backup Preferences?

I ran into a problem with Availability Group backups the other day that had me scratching my head for a couple of hours before I finally discovered what was going on. When you set up an Availability Group, one of the settings you can configure is where you want the backups to be made. The […]

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Management Studio release 16.5.2 Has A Bug Preventing Showing List of Tables

The 16.5.2 release of SQL Server Management Studio (which reports as 13.0.16105.4 in the About screen) has a bug where you cannot display a list of tables in databases that contain sparse columns. You get a “Subquery returned more than 1 value.” error as shown below when you try to expand the Tables node.   […]

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