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Can I install a SP while there is some user activity happening ?   I know that nornally a restar of sql server will be required but I want to make sure that the SP install will not fail becuase of user activity.

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by:Jim Horn
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Define what you mean by 'user activity', and give us some more background info.  I'm guessing there's a better workaround then detecting user events and executing DDL.
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What I meant was we still have applications / users running queries (dml only)
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Vitor Montalvão earned 1600 total points (awarded by participants)
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Any SP will stop the SQL Server engine kicking out any active connection so it will affect drastically the application and that's why it's recommended to install hotfixes when the databases are not in use.
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That's all right, it what I expect.  Do you think the SP install will fail because we have query / dml activity during the install?
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It won't fail. The query will be canceled and depending on what the query did the rollback can take some time so it may affect the SP installation time.
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Allowing SQL to continue running requests is not something you want to do with a SP unless you have absolutely no choice.  You're better off quiescing SQL activity yourself before patching.
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by:Eugene Z
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<Can I install a SP while there is some user activity happening >?
if you meant Sql service pack (SP)
answer: NO
plan downtime, have a good DBs backup,make sure all heavy sql processes are done before you start
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by:Jim Horn
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Oh, SP meant Service Pack.  I misunderstood this to mean Stored Procedure.
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by:Vitor Montalvão
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Bruno, is this question answered?
If so, please mark one or more comments as solution so this can be closed.
Cheers
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Recommendation to close this question by accepting the above comments as solutions.
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