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Virtualization Basics

Cloud computing and virtualization are not the same. Virtualization is component in cloud.

Virtualization: we are separating the operating system from hard ware

Cloud computing: we are separating applications from hard ware

In olden days, when we are installing the OS , it will bind to the physical hardware.

Means device drivers s/w is linked to hard ware. It’s not possible to take the hard disk(contains the OS and put it into the other system

In virtualization, it will provide the layer on top of Hard ware, so we can install OS instance on the layer

This is called as instance of operating system

The layer is called hypervisor

There r 2 types of hypervisors

1.Type 1 Hypervisors

You have a blank computer, and you installed hypervisor and you can install OS instances on to that Hypervisor

These are real enterprise servers and it is like below.

You can put this physical server like this into the rack.

One rack may consists of many physical servers.

When you installed the hypervisor s/w.. By putting CD, you have only seen in the screen like IP address, storage info etc.

You can connect this physical server to network and get the IP address

How can access this hypervisor s/w , this can be accessed by using the management console that is installed on the other computer with the IP address.

Using this management s/w you can install the OS on to the hypervisor.

You can install the windows server 2012 OS into this physical server, if this server down you can copy this OS instance from one physical server to other physical server in the same RACK.

Management s/w can do:

1. Automatically OS instance to other physical which is having required amount of resources if the current server does not meet that much requests.

It will turn on the physical server and move the OS instances to that

2. It will do fault tolerance

If your physical server is down, it will automatically moves the OS instances to other server without no down time.

3. over allocation:

We can allocate the more than the amount of RAM to the OS instances than that exists In physical server

Ex: your physical server have 16 GB of RAM, but you can allocate the 32GB for 3 instances.


We can allocate 12 GB for 1 ,12 GB for 2 ,8 GB.

What Hypervisor will do is if first server is needed huge resources during morning time, it will allocate 12 GB of RAM and other 2GB ,for 2 and 2 GB for 3rd.

After the load is over, it will take that RAM and give it to the other.

Lot of type 1 Hypervisors are there.

1. Citrix

2. VM ware

3. Microsoft Hyper V

These Hypervisors are free, but the management s/w is chargeable.

2.Type 2 Hypervisors

We have OS, then on to that OS, you can install hypervisor like virtual box, virtual pc,VM ware and new instances can be installed in to this hyper visors.

You don’t need the management software in this case. You can open the OS instance like an Window and you can play with it.


1. Virtual Box from oracle

2. Virtual PC from MS

These are free, if you want to use advances features you need pay for that

If your 2 virtual instances are allocated with the 4GB and 2 GB RAM, if you have 8GB RAM system, they will take the total 8GB and your host computer run on 2GB and may cause system crash.

It will be used for small organizations

Converting to Virtualizations:

Now converting the existing normal OS to virtual instances are easy.

You will have the conversion tools that will be there in the CD’s and you can boot this CD into this OS for which you want to convert them to Virtual instances virtual hard drive . It will take the instance . You can simply use this CD for creating this instance.

Different products have different virtual hard drive formats

Below are the types of Virtualization


· Operating system-level virtualization, hosting of multiple virtualized environments within a single OS instance.

· Application virtualization and workspace virtualization, the hosting of individual applications in an environment separated from the underlying OS. Application virtualization is closely associated with the concept of portable applications.

· Service virtualization, emulating the behavior of dependent (e.g., third-party, evolving, or not implemented) system components that are needed to exercise an application under test (AUT) for development or testing purposes. Rather than virtualizing entire components, it virtualizes only specific slices of dependent behavior critical to the execution of development and testing tasks.


· Memory virtualization, aggregating random-access memory (RAM) resources from networked systems into a single memory pool

· Virtual memory, giving an application program the impression that it has contiguous working memory, isolating it from the underlying physical memory implementation


· Storage virtualization, the process of completely abstracting logical storage from physical storage

· Distributed file system, any file system that allows access to files from multiple hosts sharing via a computer network

· Virtual file system, an abstraction layer on top of a more concrete file system, allowing client applications to access different types of concrete file systems in a uniform way

· Storage hypervisor[further explanation needed]

· Virtual disk drive, a computer program the emulates a disk drive such as a hard disk drive or optical disk drive (see comparison of disc image software)


· Data virtualization, the presentation of data as an abstract layer, independent of underlying database systems, structures and storage.

· Database virtualization, the decoupling of the database layer, which lies between the storage and application layers within the application stack over all.


· Network virtualization, creation of a virtualized network addressing space within or across network subnets

· Virtual private network (VPN), a network protocol that replaces the actual wire or other physical media in a network with an abstract layer, allowing a network to be created over the Internet




sql server equality operator will not work with strings with trailining spaces

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sql server equality operator will not work with strings with trailining spaces.

below is the script for this. Please check at your end using query explorer

it will work fine for the leading space strings also

declare @string varchar(100)

set @string=’mssqlbuzz’

select len(@string) as [string without spaces]

set @string=’mssqlbuzz ‘

select LEN(@string) as [string with trailing spaces]

set @string=’ mssqlbuzz’

select LEN(@string) as [string with leading spaces]




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getting DTS Packages logs and Status Using T-sql in seconds

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For support people:

We can find the legacy DTS Packages logs and Status information using the below scriot

select as PackageName ,

stlog.stepname as StepName ,

stlog.stepexecutionid as StepExecutionID ,

stlog.starttime as StepStartTime ,

stlog.endtime as StepEndTime ,

stlog.errorcode as StepErrorCode ,

stlog.errordescription as StepErrorDescription


msdb.dbo.sysdtssteplog stlog

left join

msdb.dbo.sysdtspackagelog pklog

on stlog.lineagefull = pklog.lineagefull


stlog.errorcode <> 0

and stlog.starttime > DATEADD (day, -15, getdate())

order by


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Procedure to check Views defined for the table

Below is the Procedure for checking the views that are defined for the table.

–Creating the procedure:







–Testing the procedure






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Error FIX : Browse Cube: XML for Analysis parser: The LocaleIdentifier property is not overwritable and cannot be assigned a new value

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After cube is deployed using SSAS, when we are trying to browse the cube, we are getting the below error

Temporary fix for this issue is change the Language option to English United States above the error



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Script to find the PK and FK relation ship for the table

Hi All,

Today I wrote the script to find the primary key and foreign key for the table and Below is the script

select distinct’.’ as TableName, as ReferencedTable, ‘primary key Constraint name’,fc.CONSTRAINT_NAME as ‘Foreign Key constraint name’,col.COLUMN_NAME as ‘Primary Key Column’,

co2.COLUMN_NAME as ‘foreign key column’

from sys.objects so with (nolock)

inner join

sys.objects so1 (nolock)

inner join

sys.schemas sc(nolock)

on so1.schema_id=sc.schema_id

on so.[object_id]=so1.parent_object_id

and so.[type]=’u’

and so1.[type]=’PK’

inner join



inner join

sys.foreign_keys sfo (nolock)


inner join

sys.objects so2(nolock)

on so2.object_id=sfo.parent_object_id

inner join




inner join




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checking the Text of the stored Procedure in all the Databases

Hi All,

We have the one procedure sp_MSforeachdb which is used to execute the script in all the databases at a time.

Below is the script for getting the strored Procedures defintion in all the databases.

EXECUTE master.sys.sp_MSforeachdb ‘USE [?]; select @@SERVERNAME as servername,DB_NAME() as [Database],,sc.text

from sysobjects (nolock) so inner join

syscomments(nolock) sc


where so.type=”p”’


but the Procedure sp_MSforeachdb is un documented stored Procedure and there us no Gaurranty from Microsoft for future versions usage and this is Microsoft internal purpose only

if you want stored procedure definition from database, use the below script

use YouRdatabase

select @@SERVERNAME as servername,DB_NAME() as [Database],,sc.text

from sysobjects (nolock) so inner join

syscomments(nolock) sc


where so.type=’p’


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Changing the compatibility level of database

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Changing the database compatibility level

1) Using t-Sql


ALTER DATABASE database_name

SET COMPATIBILITY_LEVEL = { 80 | 90 | 100 }



Is the name of the database to be modified.

COMPATIBILITY_LEVEL {80 | 90 | 100 }

Is the version of SQL Server with which the database is to be made compatible. The value must be one of the following:

80 = SQL Server 2000

90 = SQL Server 2005

100 = SQL Server 2008

For all installations of SQL Server 2008, the default compatibility level is 100. Databases created in SQL Server 2008 are set to this level unless the model database has a lower compatibility level. When a database is upgraded to SQL Server 2008 from any earlier version of SQL Server, the database retains its existing compatibility level if it is at least 80. Upgrading a database with a compatibility level below 80 sets the database to compatibility level 80. This applies to both system and user databases. Use ALTER DATABASE to change the compatibility level of the database. To view the current compatibility level of a database, query the compatibility_level column in the sys.databases catalog view.

Using Compatibility Level for Backward Compatibility

Compatibility level affects behaviors only for the specified database, not for the entire server. Compatibility level provides only partial backward compatibility with earlier versions of SQL Server. Use compatibility level as an interim migration aid to work around version differences in the behaviors that are controlled by the relevant compatibility-level setting. If existing SQL Server applications are affected by behavioral differences in SQL Server 2008, convert the application to work properly. Then use ALTER DATABASE to change the compatibility level to 100. The new compatibility setting for a database takes effect when the database is next made current (whether as the default database on login or on being specified in a USE statement).

Best Practices

Changing the compatibility level while users are connected to the database can produce incorrect result sets for active queries. For example, if the compatibility level changes while a query plan is being compiled, the compiled plan might be based on both the old and new compatibility levels, resulting in an incorrect plan and potentially inaccurate results. Furthermore, the problem may be compounded if the plan is placed in the plan cache and reused for subsequent queries. To avoid inaccurate query results, we recommend the following procedure to change the compatibility level of a database:

Set the database to single-user access mode by using ALTER DATABASE SET SINGLE_USER.

Change the compatibility level of the database.

Put the database in multiuser access mode by using ALTER DATABASE SET MULTI_USER.


2) Using SSMS to change the compatibility level of data base

Right Click on the database you want to change compatibility level

Select options and change the compatibility level and click on OK

We can see the compatibility level of data base using the SSMS

And using the t-sql

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to see the Job details in Sql server through t-SQL

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If you want to see the jobs status with out going to sql server agent, please run the below query

use msdb


select distinct j.Name as "Job Name", j.description as "Job Description", h.run_date as LastStatusDate,

case h.run_status

when 0 then ‘Failed’

when 1 then ‘Successful’

when 3 then ‘Cancelled’

when 4 then ‘In Progress’

end as JobStatus

from sysJobHistory h, sysJobs j

where j.job_id = h.job_id and h.run_date =

(select max(hi.run_date) from sysJobHistory hi where h.job_id = hi.job_id)

order by 1

And if you want to see the dtspackages that are installed in your sql server, run the below query

select * from msdb..sysdtspackages

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SQL server Mirroring Status through TSQL

Hi All,

Below is the query used to find the mirroring status in sql server using t-sql

select * from sys.database_mirroring (nolock)dm

inner join sys.databases(nolock)db

on db.database_id=dm.database_id

and name=’AdventureWorks’

where adventure works is the name of database


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