Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (often abbreviated as SQL Server 2012 or MSSQL 2012) is a 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 1st, ...

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What is SQL Server Core Edition?

I was browsing my technet downloads for SQL Server 2012 and I noticed a bunch of products labelled "core" edition: Is this something to do with their new per-core licensing model, or something ...
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Limitations of SQL Server 2012 Express version?

I'm aware that the SQL Server 2008 R2 Express was limited to 1 CPU and 10 GB Databases. It's not clear if Microsoft bumped those numbers up to be more reflective of 2012. I looked at several places ...
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Can only connect to sql server express 2012 via named pipes

I have sql server express 2012 installed on windows 2008, locally everything works just fine i can connect via tcpip and named pipes. Remotely i can connect with ssms only using named pipes. By ...
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Will SQL Server 2012 install + run Windows 2003

I can't seem to find any information but can I install SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition on a server running Windows Server 2003 R2 x64? I don't intend to use this for production just for testing and ...
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Very uneven CPU utilization with SQL Server 2012 on 2 processor computer with 16 cores / processor

After installing SQL Server Enterprise 2012 with the Server + Cal license model, on a computer with 2 processors each with 16 cores (and no hyperthreading involved) and putting the server under ...
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SQL server language media doesn't support the language of the OS [duplicate]

While trying to install SQL server 2012, I get the error: "SQL server language media doesn't support the language of the OS" I've downloaded the SQL server 2012 in English language only (2 times to ...
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SQL Server Collation settings for System Center Service Manager 2012

There is a lot of conflicting or confusing information surrounding the required collation settings for SQL Server, as it pertains to hosting the SCSM 2012 database and associated data warehouse ...
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Re configure TFS 2012 reporting services

I have a TFS 2012 installation that is working perfectly. I've installed TFS using advanced configuration and choose to not configure at that moment the Reporting and Sharepoint features. Now, I ...
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Should I Use the Default SQL Server 2012 Accounts or Make Specific Ones?

I'm installing the 180 day trial of SQL Server 2012 on a virtual machine with the intent of buying a license for it later on. From past experiences with installing SQL Server I would always make ...
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How much memory does my SQL need?

I have a VM (SQL database server) that I think has more memory then it needs, however I'm not sure what I can reduce it to because I don't understand exactly what "In use", "Available", "Committed" ...
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destination directory for SQL Server 2012 is greyed out

I tried to install SQL Server 2012 Standard on Windows 2008 and on Windows 7 (I only wanted to install management studio on Win7). Same ISO; both machines are newly built. However, on Windows 7 Shared ...
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AlwaysOn SQL Server 2012 - any option for true active/active?

I'm about to upgrade and consolidate a group of SQL Server 2008R2 to a single SQL Server 2012. I want have high availability and looking for the different options. The number of databases is fairly ...
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Regarding High Availability for MSSQL Server

Already used in MySQL : Real Time Replication (synchronization) between primary and secondary server is done using master and slave commands. So What is the equivalent feature for MsSQL. Which ...
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How do I configure active directory when Sql Server 2012 is using a Virtual Account?

I'm getting the following event log entry from Sql Server 2012: SQL Server Scheduled Job 'Replication agents checkup' - Status: Failed - Invoked on: 2012-08-04 10:00:00 - Message: The job failed. ...
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Unable to Install SQL Server on Server 2012

The problem I have been trying to install SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server 2012. I continually get the same error: Managed SQL Server Installer has stopped working Problem signature: Problem ...
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How to change default recovery for new databases?

How can i configure the database server on our development server so that when new databases are created that they are Simple recovery model by default? Currently if we remember, when creating a ...
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How to sysprep SQL Server Express?

We plan to deploy Hyper-V VHD with Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012 Express installed to multiple hosts. From my understanding, the correct way to do this is to install SQL Server in ...
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SQL Server express service is not starting [closed]

I've bought my first VPS yesterday, and I have installed Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express on it. Then I have restarted my VPS. But SQL Server Service didn't start. I've tried to start it manually, ...
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Medialayout Silent installation sp1 sql2012

My silent installation for SQL Server 2012 SP1 is failing and giving an error as below. Any ideas? TITLE: SQL Server Setup failure. SQL Server Setup has encountered the following error: ...
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Dealing with Stretch (Geo) Cluster Node Failures

Scenario: Three node (shared nothing) cluster on Windows Server 2012. Two nodes in the primary data center, both with votes (node weight = 1), and a file share witness. The third node is in a remote ...
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SQL Server 2012 - Transparent Data Encryption not available in this edition

Let me start by saying that the instance of SQL Server 2012 I am attempting to set up TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) on, is the Enterprise edition. However, when following the MSDN tutorial ...
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Does an SQL Server instance allow both secure and non-secure connections at the same time?

we have an application running MS SQL Server 2012. For one specific use case we'd like to SSL protect the jdbc connection. I've checked the following links: How to enable SSL encryption for an ...
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High Available SQL Server without SAN by using AlwaysOn feature

I have two Microsoft SQL Servers (v 2012) and I want to make them mirror and when one of them goes down the second one will be replaced. AlwaysOn is a new feature in SQL Server 2012 that is ...
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Is SQL Management Studio 2012 avaliable, without Engine itself?

On my dev machine, I have SQL Management Studio 2008 R2 installed. I tried to upgrade to SSMS 2012 Express, setup finished but nothing happened. Is it possible to get SQL Management Studio 2012 ...
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How do I install SQL Svr Native Client 10.1 after SQL 2012 has been installed

On a Windows Server 2012 I have SQL Server 2012 installed which has the SQL Server Native Client version 11. I am being told by a developer that he needs the SQL Server Native Client version 10.1 ...
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SQL Server 2012 Management Studio Express - no server

I am having trouble with SQL Server 2012 Management Studio. There is no server name. Earlier I installed the 2008 version but something wasn't right so I uninstalled and installed 2012. Upon ...
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Best Practice - SQL 2012 & IIS in VMWare

We are pretty new to VMWare and looking for some thoughts on our environment. We have a VMWare cluster that has on one host: VM#1: MS Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise & SQL Server 2012 VM#2: MS Windows ...
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How can I set up a SQL file share that doesn't need sysadmin access to write to it?

We have a SQL Server 2012 installation with the file share feature enabled. We then have an IIS application that can write directly to the \localhost\MSSQLServer... share that the database creates. ...
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Local DTC is missing on server 2008r2

I've recently had an issue where MSDTC was unable to start up. The error in the command line when running net start msdtc indicated that there were configuration issues. I went into the registry and ...
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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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Shrinking Database using the AUTO_SHRINK ON , helpful or is it consuming to many resources?

I have multiple databases which are constantly growing. So from time to time, I truncate the log table and shrink the biggest databases. For the biggest one (>40gb) it takes quiete some time. So I ...
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How to run PHP + IIS8 as Windows User, or should I?

I am creating a PHP website on IIS8 that needs to connect to an SQL Server that is in the same Windows Domain as the IIS8. I am given a Windows Domain user account and asked to connect using its ...
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Manage SQL Agent Jobs On Multiple Servers

Is there a way to deploy/modify/remove//manage SQL Agent Jobs across multiple servers within a domain without third-party software?
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Hyper-V Guest data encryption

I have a new requirement to encrypt the data inside an sql database while it is at rest. So far I've looked at Bitlocker (see below), and other commercial products (I won't name because I'm not ...
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Upgrade Expired SQL Server 2008R2 Evaluation to SQL Server 2012

We have been working on developing several SharePoint sites as a POC using the evaluation versions of SharePoint 2013 and SQL Server 2008R2 Enterprise Evaluation. POC worked, went into limited ...
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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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AWS RDS (SQL Server): SSL Connection - The target principal name is incorrect

I have a Amazon Web Services (AWS) Relational Database Service (RDS) instance running SQL Server 2012 Express. I've installed Amazon's aws.amazon.com/rds certificate in the client machine's Trusted ...
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SQL Server 2012 Installation Hangs

We have a Windows 8 machine that we installed SQL Server 2005 on first. We then uninstalled it and installed SQL Server 2012 - unsuccessfully. The installation wizard hung at the point where it ...
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Can an instance of amazon ec2 be upgraded automatically from sql server 2008 r2 to sql server 2012?

Is there a tool from Amazon or Microsoft to automatically upgrade an ec2 instance's sql server 2008 to 2012? Or do I have to create a new instance and then import all the databases?
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What are the exact storage requirements for an AlwaysOn implementation?

We're investigating implementation options for SQL Server AlwaysOn. AlwaysOn is dependant on Windows Clustering, and I have read several articles that state shared storage is no longer a requirement ...
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Trying to add a new SQL Server user throws the error "is not a valid login or you do not have permission”

I am trying to add a new user to an SQL Server 2012 database using SQL Server Management Studio. I right-click and select 'Add User' under Security -> Users, fill out the user information, and click ...
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MS SQL Server 2012 - Unable to access Instance on localhost

5 days ago I was access able to access SQL Server on my localhost machine via SSMS perfectly, no errors logging in with credentials. Now I get this error: ...
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Restore transaction log backup - media family error

Our backup procedure is as follows: midnight full backup, every 8 hour differential backups, and every 5 minutes transaction log backups. Maintenance plans keep everything rolling and tidy. To ...
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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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What are the downsides of running all SQL Servers under same domain account?

I am running two SQL Servers 2012 (for Always On) under the same domain account and would like to know what are the downsides in doing so. Few articles that I have read prior setting up the servers ...
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Random connection failures between IIS8 and MSSQL 2012 in RackSpace Cloud

Background For years I hosted all of my server functionality, including IIS, Apache, MySql, and MSSQL on a single server instance, yikes! As my client base grew this led to persistent SQL Timeouts ...
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5.7.1 SMTP error when running stored proc using DB Mail in SQL Server 2012

I am getting an error in SQL Server 2012 Database Mail when executing a stored proc to send an email from a specified address to a specified address using Office 365 as the SMTP server. The mail ...
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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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Where Does sqlpackage.exe Store Database Backups?

I have a deployment script which uses sqlpackage.exe to deploy incremental changes to a database. (The project is maintained in the database edition of Visual Studio 2012 Express.) One of the flags ...