Wednesday, 2 December 2009

VS 2003 Find in Files

As anyone running Windows Vista will probably have noticed, the Find in Files feature hangs when running Visual Studio 2003 on Vista.

To resolve this issue:

  • Right-click the shortcut you use to launch Visual Studio .NET 2003
  • Select the Compatibility tab.
  • Check “Disable Visual Styles”
  • Click OK
  • Launch VS 2003 – the Find in Files feature will work.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Load SQL Server Client Network Utility

The SQL Server Client Network Utility for managing protocols, aliases and network libraries can be launched by either enter cliconfg in the Start menu search box (Vista and Windows 7), by entering cliconfg in the Start>Run box (XP) or launching it directly from system32: C:\Window\System32\cliconfg.exe

DHtmlEd.ocx control for Windows Vista

Microsoft removed the DHtmlEd control from Vista as clearly no-one was still using it!

Download it from Microsoft here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B769A4B8-48ED-41A1-8095-5A086D1937CB&displaylang=en

Reorganize files before releasing unused space

OK, what does it actually mean!

When shrinking a database in SQL you are presented with the option “Reorganize files before releasing unused space. Selecting this option may affect performance.”

If ticked it is the equivalent of running DBCC SHRINKDATABASE with a target_percent set, if it is unticked it is the equivalent of DBCC SHRINKDATABASE with the TRUNCATEONLY option.

Ticking the box may affect performance while shrinking the database so it may take longer BUT it will not affect the performance of the database once shrunk.

Improve SQL Server delete performance with views

The SQL Server development customer advisory team met with the MySpace database to team to tackle any pain points with their use of SQL Server. Fortunately one of the key points was an issue I am currently battling with: efficient ordered deletes on large quantities of data. They have identified a potential improvement creating a view and then deleting from within that view rather than deleting directly from the table. As MySpace are dealing with huge volumes of data and it works for them it has to be worth incorporating into any deletion plan.
This approach also provides an excellent way for deleting the top x records from a table.
Essentially:
create view v1 as (select top (10000) * from t1 order by a)
delete from v1
drop view v1

Full details from LuborK here >>

It is also worth considering disabling any indexes related to the table you are deleting from as described here.

How to enable and disable indexes

Whilst working to speed up a delete statement on a table of 6000000+ records it proved efficient to disable the table indexes, run the delete statement then enable the indexes again. If the indexes are left enabled there is a large overhead in rebuilding the indexes for each record that is deleted from the target table.

Disable an index:

alter index <<index name>> on <<table name>> disable

Enable an index:

alter index <<index name>> on <<table name>> rebuild

Please be aware the ALTER INDEX command is only available in SQL Server 2005 and above.

Also, SQL Server Management Studio doesn’t show the disabled status of an index within the main view so it is possible to disable an index and leave it disabled without realising.

More details on this from Decipher Info Sys

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