Useful SQL templates for SQL SERVER 2008 R2

Posted on 2013-01-21
Last Modified: 2013-01-24
Hi Experts,

 I come across a template for Transaction in below path. I would like to have such useful templates more. Could you please share with me if you have?

  Some of the mostly useful scripts such as given below are added as template in my SSMS. It is useful. I would like to get more such kind of scripts. If you have please do share with me.

To identify text in SPs:

select dISTINCT
FROM syscomments sc
INNER JOIN sysobjects so ON
WHERE sc.TEXT LIKE '%update%mytable%' 

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Question by:Easwaran Paramasivam
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by:Matt Bowler
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This is a pretty big open ended question. Most DBAs are likely to have a large collection of scripts in their toolkits.

SSMS has it's own set of templates which can be useful - go to view>Template Explorer or Ctrl+Alt+T

Alternatively you could ask for more specific scripts or templates and I'm sure you'll find what you need.
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Ryan McCauley earned 250 total points
ID: 38802586
Agreed - there are more out there than I can include, but here are some links to get you started on a solid collection of management scripts:

Also, if you want to know everything there is to know about a SQL Server, it's configuration state, and potential warning signs, all in one place, check out Brent Ozar's sp_BLITZ:

Especially if you're taking over a server you've not managed before, it's critical in getting you a  snapshot of the state of things as quickly as possible.
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by:David Todd
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Something I've done is to personalise those templates - add fields, default others, and add some boilerplate. That collection I put in a folder with my name.

While its great to have a big collection, there isn't anything useful about a template you don't use imho or don't understand.

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by:Ryan McCauley
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Agreed - those templates are great and save time, but you have to make sure you understand what they're doing (or, at minimum, understand what the results actually mean). I've got them in a folder on my workstation that watched with Dropbox, so the most up to date copies I work with are always available whenever I need them. It took me a while as an early DBA to realize that typing the same code over and over wasn't a time-saver - it's not too long because a 15 minute task you repeat constantly is worth the 2 hours it takes to create a solid script and stow it away.

Even better when people smarter than me put the scripts together and publish them for general consumption. Soak up what you can!
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by:Easwaran Paramasivam
ID: 38804263
Thanks for your valuable information. What I'm looking for as developer level. Not at DBA level. Yes, I do know microsoft already provided some templates for basic operations.
Except that as a developer we do search some table used in SP instead of using view dependency of the table (I mentioned in question itself). Like this if you perform any other kind of operation as a developer using your own templates(or refer some resources from where I could get them) please do share with me.  I know my question is not specific - means I believe that from experts I could get more useful templates which would save my time.

If you have please do share with me. Otherwise I'm happy with the information given here. I could give points!!
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by:Easwaran Paramasivam
ID: 38804291
I could say one example. The script which clear cache.

I tested a SP with some parameters. I calculate time to execute. I run with other parameters, it would be fast as because of the cache. I would like to clear the cache at particular time. I look for script for that.
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by:Matt Bowler
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DBCC DROPCLEANBUFFERS will clear the buffer pool
DBCC FREEPROCCACHE clears the plan cache
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by:Easwaran Paramasivam
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Interesting.  @MattSQL - Could you please explain what is buffer pool and what is plan cache. Difference b/w them?
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by:Matt Bowler
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The buffer pool contains data pages that are read into memory, the plan cache contains prepared query plans that could be reused.

Clearing the buffer pool is useful when testing. For example if your query retrieves a bunch of data, after it is run the first time the data will reside in memory (in the buffer pool) and subsequent runs will be much faster.

The plan cache stores prepared query plans. Again, on the first run of a query SQL Server will pass the query to the optimiser to prepare a query plan. Subsequent runs can use the plan from the cache and hence be faster.

CAVEAT: I have simplified things a bit here - both the plan cache and buffer pool are huge topics in SQL Server....
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by:Easwaran Paramasivam
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Thanks. Got idea. You have any other useful snippets that could be used as templates? If so, please do share.
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by:Easwaran Paramasivam
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Even I did not get more developer handy templates the given answers are informative.

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