Can a Certificate’s Private Key be Imported / Restored From a Binary Literal / Hex Bytes ?

Can a Certificate's Private Key be Restored From a Binary Literal / Hex Bytes? The Documentation Says, "No". What Does SQL Server Say?

SSMS Tip #3: Easily Access/Research ALL Unicode Characters (Yes, Including Emojis ๐Ÿ˜ธ)

Learn how to get a list of all Unicode characters to copy and paste, or use in queries / web pages / programs, or search by value, etc.

Uppercase All String Columns (and in a Single Query!)

Have you ever wanted to uppercase all string columns in a database? Probably not. But, this was still an interesting exercise ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Differences Between the Various Binary Collations (Cultures, Versions, and BIN vs BIN2)

Come explore the actual differences between the seemingly not-so-different binary collations...

Cruel Joke: Prevent SQL Server From Starting, and With (Almost) No Indication Why

Come see how to prevent SQL Server from starting, and in an easy-to-fix-yet-impossible-to-find way! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

What Does the Undocumented UNCOMPRESS Function Do?

Ever notice how IntelliSense in SSMS lists functions that don't work or aren't documented? Here's documentation for one that works: UNCOMPRESS

How Does DBCC CHECKIDENT Really Work When Resetting the Identity Seed (RESEED)?

Does resetting an Identity Seed to a specific value via DBCC CHECKIDENT(..., RESEED, new_seed_value) work the way the documentation states? It depends ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Beware! Beware of Unintended Changes When Altering Columns!

Beware of big green dragons, er, well, of unexpected changes when changing a column's datatype. You might be unpleasantly surprised! ๐Ÿ™€ Beware!

Prevent Full Script Execution (Understanding and Using PARSEONLY and NOEXEC)

Have you ever needed to prevent an entire script (or part of one) from executing? See how the session-level options PARSEONLY and NOEXEC can accomplish this.

SQLCLR vs SQL Server 2017, Part 9: Does PERMISSION_SET Still Matter, or is Everything Now UNSAFE?

For SQLCLR in SQL Server 2017 and newer, when "CLR strict security" is enabled, does PERMISSION_SET matter, or are assemblies always UNSAFE?