Oldist recored based on date time

I have a query (see below) that returns start time in this format '2014-11-11 15:38:36.000' username, company, Application.
what I'd like to do is for each record pull down the oldest record. I tried using distinct but still end up with multiple entries for
some users.

select distinct (StartTime), user_name,  Company, Application from [dbo].[LicenseUsageTemp]
WHERE Company = 'Tellabs Operations Inc.' and Application = 'AR Server' and StartTime >= DATEADD(year,-1,GetDate()) order by StartTime;
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Data DudeCommented:
For starters, give this a whirl, as it will return the oldest start time for each unique user_name, Company, and Application

select user_name,  Company, Application, MIN(start_time) as oldest_start_time
from [dbo].[LicenseUsageTemp]
WHERE Company = 'Tellabs Operations Inc.'
   and Application = 'AR Server'
   -- eyeball this as it will filter the return set to the last year only
   and StartTime >= DATEADD(year,-1,GetDate())  
GROUP BY user_name, Company, Application
order by StartTime;
Brian CroweDatabase AdministratorCommented:
WITH cteLicenseUsage AS
      select StartTime, [user_name], Company, [Application],
            ROW_NUMBER() OVER(PARTITION BY [user_name], Company, [Application] ORDER BY StartTime) AS RowNumber
      from [dbo].[LicenseUsageTemp]
      WHERE Company = 'Tellabs Operations Inc.'
            and [Application] = 'AR Server'
            and StartTime >= DATEADD(year,-1,GetDate())
FROM cteLicenseUsage
WHERE RowNumber = 1

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