Changing the Collation of the Instance, the Databases, and All Columns in All User Databases: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Demystifying What "sqlservr -q" Actually Does (last updated on 2018-08-02) For various reasons, people sometimes find themselves in the unfortunate (and unenviable) situation of having an Instance of SQL Server configured with the wrong Collation. This can often lead to unexpected errors and/or sorting and comparison behavior. People sometimes try to "fix" this problem by… Continue reading Changing the Collation of the Instance, the Databases, and All Columns in All User Databases: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Enable Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) on Windows 10 Home Edition

Occassionally I want / need to change a Windows setting that is not configurable via Control Panel or Settings. For example: Enabling long-path support (long = paths over 259 characters) Disabling all Live Tiles The instructions usually require using Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). Unfortunately, I am using Microsoft Windows 10 Home Edition, and that does… Continue reading Enable Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) on Windows 10 Home Edition

Will GDPR cause a “Database Run”?

What is GDPR, everyone's (current) favorite acronym? It stands for "General Data Protection Regulation" and is an act / law / set of laws that governs the collection, retention, and use of personal information for EU (European Union) and UK citizens. It's the topic "flavor of the month" due to it going into effect on… Continue reading Will GDPR cause a “Database Run”?

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This is a test of the Sql Quantum Leap broadcast system. Had this been a real post, there would (hopefully) be some useful information here :-).