Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (often abbreviated as SQL Server 2012 or MSSQL 2012) is the latest version of Microsoft's SQL database server software. It includes new features and upgraded functionality from its predecessor, SQL Server 2008 R2, went RTM on March 6th, 2012 and to general release on April ...

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SQL Server Failover Cluster on Azure (HA Strategy)

In the context of SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition, is it possible to make Azure Blob storage available to a SQL Failover cluster directly as a shared SCSI resource on a Windows Cluster? An Azure blob ...
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SQL Server Debugging: “Unable to Step. Invalid operation”

I'm debugging a call to a Stored Procedure in SSMS (2012). Frequently, and various random points in the code, a dialog pops up: Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio: Unable to Step. Invalid ...
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Windows Installer runs constantly in the background on Windows Server 2012?

While trying to install a program, it complained that something else was being installed and that Windows Installer was already running (msiexec.exe). Sure enough, there were two instances of the ...
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Missing menu items for Azure SQL tables within SQL Server Management Studio?

I have a table (say Table1) that is replicated via SQL Data Sync Agent across a local SQL Server 2012 as well as an Azure SQL Server (part of Microsoft Azure). Everything about Table1 (schema, table ...
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SQL Server 2012 Mirroring / AlwaysOn - need for SAN?

There appears to be a great deal of conflicting information about whether or not SAN is required for a Sql Server 2012 Mirroring setup. I currently have an Active-Passive-Witness SQL 2008R2 setup ...
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How do I resolve the message “Validating WSFC quorum vote configuration - Action Required.”

I have a 3 node AlwaysOn Availability Group on a 3 node WSFC using node majority. 2 nodes are setup as synchronous with automatic fail-over, the 3rd is setup as asynchronous with manual fail-over. ...
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SQL Server database backup to Windows Azure Recovery Service

I have some VMs on Windows Azure and IIS and SQL Server 2012 is installed on them. I also created a Backup Vault on Windows Azure and installed the Windows Azure Backup Agent on the VMs. It works ...
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SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services to export CSV

I have an SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services instance, and by default, it can only export to PDF, Excel and Word. Users require CSV export as well. All I found is that there are different extensions, ...
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TFS 2012 Backups w/DPM

I have a few servers running (mixture of 2012 and 2012 R2) and am playing with Microsoft's DPM as a backup solution. One of the things it complained about during installation was ensuring the SQL ...
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If a SQL Server Replication Distributor and Subscriber are on the same server, should a PUSH or PULL subsciption be used?

Thanks in advance for any help. I'm setting up a new Microsoft SQL Server replication and I have the Distributor and Subscriber running on the same server. The Publisher is on a remote server (as it ...
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Failing SQL Server Cluster installation, Addnode: Remote registry call failed

I'm adding a node to a SQL Server failover cluster. The installer throws the error "Addnode: Remote registry call failed. Unable to retrieve primary node Filestream settings" when adding node two ...
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No file access permissions after restore database

I have a strange phenomon. When I restore a SQL-Server 2012 database to a folder on my D-Drive, it gets restored just fine. I can access the database and basically it works fine. But when I check the ...
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Migrating data from SQLEXPRESS local DB to SQL Azure

I have a process that is importing data from CSV files to a local SQL Express DB, then I can use the SQL Server 2012 migration tool to migrate the database to SQL Azure (as described in ...
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How to resume a failed upgrade of SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012?

I am performing an in-place upgrade of a SQL Server 2008 instance to a 2012 instance (both Enterprise). All the checks passed, and the upgrade adviser and everything else was fine, so I proceeded ...
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“CREATE DATABASE permission denied in database 'master'” to sysadmin user in SQL Server Express 2012

I'm seeing some odd behaviour with SQL Server 2012 Express Edition, where a sysadmin user does not have permission to create databases. The evolution of this installation has been somewhat trying: ...
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LINQPad and SQL2012 management studio cannot talk to network Database Servers (SQL2008R2)

I installed LinQPad 4.0 on my machine. LinQPad can talk to local database servers on my machine, but cannot communicate or add a connection to network database servers on the network. SQL2008 ...
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Package run on SQL Server Job Agent - Login failed for user

I created a package on my SQL Server (2012) through the import/export data wizard which exports data to another SQL Server (2008). I set up a job which runs this package but I get an error: ...
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DB access account for SharePoint 2013

I am installing SharePoint Server 2013 on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with SQL 2012 on a VMware. During the SharePoint Configuration Wizard, I need to provide a DB access account. The VM is not part ...
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Failover_Partner connection in file DSN not working

I have an application which uses file DSNs to connect to a central database server. This database server is mirrored onto a secondary server, and in the event of a failover, it is my understanding ...
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SQL Server 2012 database availability design?

Can anyone please suggest me what is the best practice for me to follow when consolidating multiple stand alone DB from SQL Server 2005 - 2008 boxes into just 2x SQL Server 2012 Enterprise nodes in ...
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Grant Kerberos Constrained Delegation to SQL Server 2012 running as Managed Service Account

I can't see how to grant Kerberos Constrained Delegation for a service identified by a Managed Service Account. I have a Windows 2008 R2 functional level single domain single forest, two 2008 R2 SP1 ...
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MSDTC Errors: QueryInterface failed for “ITransactionDispenser”: 0x8004d01c(XACT_E_CONNECTION_DOWN)

I’m having some issues with a server where MSDTC is not working properly. This started happening about two days ago. I’ve tried a number of different things including restarting the VM and I’ve ...
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MSTDC in SQL Server 2012 - Windows Server 2012 R2 with high availability

We had implemented SQL Server High Availability on two physical servers over the VPN network. SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2. It was noted that, Distributed Transaction was working perfectly ...
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SQL 2012 SQL server Agent Jobs

I am trying to figure out how to troubleshoot a situation with SQL Server Agent (2012). A job that has been running nightly (user SQL Server Agent as its scheduler) for over a year in 2 to 4 seconds ...
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Can SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 run on the same server?

We have a new Windows 2012 server with SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 running on it. I have been asked to install SharePoint 2013 on this server also. I know GP 2013 now uses SSRS for ...
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SQL Server 2012 permissions from AD group login not refreshed until server restart

We have some IIS sites which runs under Managed Service Accounts (Windows Server 2012). Theese MSAs are members of resource groups in Active Directory. We are using resource groups as logins in SQL ...
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SQL Server 2012 Cluster BSOD

I'm trying to set up a SQL Server 2012 SP1 "AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instance" on top of a Windows Server 2012 R2 cluster (cl01) consisting of 2x 2012 R2 nodes (sql1 and sql2). Hosted on VMWare ESXi ...
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state_desc field in sys.databases Seems to incorrectly report “ONLINE” when it's still in recovery

Is it normal that select state_desc from sys.databases where name='mydbname' reports ONLINE instead of recovering? The database is not accessible and Recovery is still at 24% according to the ...
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SQL Server Service refusing to start

Have attempted a number of things to get this service (SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER)) started without any luck Attempted to start service with local admin, domain admin, separate admin & standard ...
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SQL Server 2012 : Installing on D:

i am trying to install SQL Server 2012 i choose D: for everything but still it told me during installation itself that it's going to install config file on C: following is the path C:\Program ...
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PowerPivot dashboard no data - Last successful refresh run: The cube has not been processed

I used AutoSPInstaller to install my farm, I then installed PowerPivot 2012 and configured with the following script: # Open PowerShell library from: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL ...
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MSSQL 2012 cluster - inactive node trying to access shared disk?

I've got an odd issue with a SQL 2012 cluster. The cluster itself uses FC shared storage, and generally works perfectly. The SQL service works, and failover occurs as expected. The issue I have is ...
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SQL Server 2012 - Linked Server to SQL Server 2000

I'm trying to use the SQLNCLI 10 driver to set up a Linked Server to a legacy SQL Server 2000 instance on our network. I understand you cannot use Version 11 as it doesn't support SQL Server 2000 ...
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Remove Cluster Nodes after Cluster Object was deleted

While building new 2012 servers to move to we had some change in requirements. We are using Availability Groups on the new servers. Here's where we started. Servers: Serv1a Serv1b Serv2a Serv2b ...
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Is it possible to store a credential for Windows Authentication to an Analysis Services server?

SQL Server Analysis Services uses Windows authentication for server connections. Typically, you assign your domain account to a role (or the server administrator list), and then connect to the server ...
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SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 Chinese Language

When running reports in SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services (SSRS), Chinese (Asian) characters show up as question marks (?). Any idea on how to have the characters display properly in reports? ...
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Disabling locked page allocations in SQL Server 2012

Locked page allocations are enabled in my instance of SQL server 2012 even though I have no accounts with the "lock pages in memory" user right. This article by Microsoft - ...
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Use AWS ephemeral drives for SQL Server for redundancy/read-only/other live purposes

Are there any good uses for the ephemeral drives on AWS Windows instances when using SQL Server besides putting TempDB and the pagefile there? I'm wondering, for example, if one could replicate the ...
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Automatic failover in SQL server alwayson availability group

I have 2 nodes in my SQL server fail over cluster. I use SQL server 2012 always on feature for HA purpose. The problem is that when one my server goes down the automatic fail over does not happen! ...
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After installing MS SQL Server 2012 not able to log into SSMS

Okay, lot's of posts around the internet on this subject. But I haven't been able to find an answer I was looking for. I installed SQLS 2012 on Windows Server 2012. I installed the Engine and the ...
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Error 1639 Reporting Services - Native failed with errors SQL Server 2012

I get Error 1639 when attempting to install SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services. My research, conclusion, and question about a resolution are all outlined below. Thank you in advance for your help. ...
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Allow VM2 access VM1's SQL Server Database

I have two VMs running on a Mac Server using VM Fusion 4. Both VMs are running windows 7, and I have SQL Server 2012 installed and data imported into VM1. Right now, I'm trying to figure out a way to ...
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Getting “error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified” all of a sudden

Alright, a little explanation. I have two separate PCs, both of which have virtually an identical installation of SQL Server 2012 Express on them. During installation for both, I had chosen the ...
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Failure running SQL2012 on Windows 8 with local service accounts

I have installed SQL2012 on a Windows 8 laptop that is on a domain. The domain includes a group policy that defines accounts that can "Log on as a service". I installed SQL Server 2012 using the ...
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SQL Server 2012 Memory usage

Since i upgraded to SQL Server 2012 I've noticed that it almost doesn't consume any memory at all. Before when i used SQL Server 2008 R2 it used at least 2-4 GB of RAM and now it only used like 150 MB ...