It turns out I was doing this all wrong for months. For the longest time, I’ve been checking my SQL Server instances to see what needs patching with Test-DbaBuild from the dbatools PowerShell module. But the result was always the same – it never returned a Service Pack or Cumulative Update target. I glossed over…

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Settle in folks, this is a long, rambling post. As this goes live, it’s been about three weeks since my abrupt switch from driving to the office every day to working from home full-time. This shift happened at the same time my kids had school cancelled, and our lives got flipped, turned upside down. So…

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This tripped me up a few weeks ago, but once I stopped and thought about for a moment it made total sense. I was trying to copy some data into a temp table and got an error I’d never encountered before. Column, parameter, or variable #1: Cannot find data type MyStringType. What’s that all about? Let’s find out.

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This is one of several posts on modernizing T-SQL code with new features and functionality available in SQL Server. Last year, you finally retired the last of your SQL Server 2008R2 instances. Congratulations! But are you taking advantage of everything that your new instances have to offer? Unless you did a review of all of…

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