Automated batch update or delete operation in SQL Server

If we perform update or delete operation on huge number of rows in a large table at once, there are chances that the SQL Server would freeze or would cause outage. And if we try to kill the transaction in the middle, we might end up in a more dangerous “rollback” state. That’s why I spent some time to build this script that helps in automated batch operation in small chunks with constant check for query performance. The script would increase the chunk size based on the time taken by the each execution so that it would end at maximum achievable chunk size that has adequate performance.

List out and script all indexes in a database

Its quite common that when there is some upgrade, change or release in application, there are chances that our database objects get modified. It may drop some indexes too hampering performance. I had similar situation in my profession. I had creating multiple indexes to find tune database performance, but then there was an application patch release. All those indexes we manually created were dropped by the application. Soon, there was blocking, deadlocks, long running queries, high cpu and performance became pathetic. Later it was understood that all those custom index we DBAs manually created were mercilessly removed by the application. ūüė•

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Auto restore multiple databases in One shot using powershell

Below script helps restore several databases on to a SQL Server instance in one go. We just have to place all the .bak files in a folder and execute the script. before running the script, its required to import SQLPS in the powershell prompt as below.

Save below script as restore_all.ps1

Execute the script like in below example.

Auto Index Maintenance for All Databases in a SQL Server Instance


A few months back, I had shared a script to automate index rebuild/reorg in a database with fragmentation analysis inplace at But that script would perform the maintenance only on a particular database at a time.


The script is modified and it now performs maintenance on all indexes across all databases in an instance. This again has two scripts.

1. analyze2.sql – Checks fragmentation level on indexes in all databases of the SQL instance and stores the results in tempdb.

2. defrag2.sql – Based on the data stored in tempdb by analyze2.sql, the script will process the maintenance, either Index rebuild or an index reorganize based on the fragmentation and the @minfrag, @maxfrag settings in defrag.sql script. Indexes fragmented below @minfrag in percentage will be excluded. Indexes fragmented between @minfrag % and @maxfrag % will be reorganized. All remaining indexes will be rebuilt.

Scripts are pasted below for your reference. Please let me know if you find some errors, bugs or issues with the code or the method used.

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Failover info events every second in SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Cluster


In all SQL server failover clusters in our environment, It came to our notice that the SQL Server Agent is spamming the Application eventlogs under event viewer below entries every second in the Active node.

[sqagtres] LooksAlive request.
[sqagtres] CheckServiceAlive: returning TRUE (success)


It was observed that this incident started to occur after the scheduled windows patching.


Microsoft had identified this as due to a code defect in Sqagtres.dll. To resolve this issue, we would have to patch the SQL instance with Cumulative update 3 for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 as mentioned in below KB.

The hotfix download is available at

FETCH API_CURSOR0000000000005BE4 Blocking Several Transactions

One fine morning,¬†users started complaining my SQL server instance performance…They sent me a screenshot which indirectly says, their queries have timed out. I quickly logged in and checked if there are any blocks.


FROM   sysprocesses

WHERE  blocked <> 0 

There were several blocks caused by a naughty spid 80.

When I checked DBCC INPUTBUFFER(80), To my surprise, I got below scary result.

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Query Sharepoint Content DB for Doc Library Sizes and Number of versions

SELECT v.[id],


       Count(v.[version]) MaxNumberOfVersions,

       Sum(v.[size])      TotalDocLibSize,

       Max(v.[size])      LargestDocSize

FROM   [dbo].[alldocversions] v

       JOIN [dbo].alldocs d

         ON =




SQL Server Tables ordered by Size


       reservedpages = Sum(a.total_pages),

       usedpages = Sum(a.used_pages),

       reservedMB = ( Sum(a.total_pages) * 8 / 1024 ),

       usedMB = ( Sum(a.used_pages) * 8 / 1024 ),

       pages = Sum(CASE

                     WHEN a.type <> 1 THEN a.used_pages

                     WHEN p.index_id < 2 THEN a.data_pages

                     ELSE 0


       rows = Sum(CASE

                    WHEN ( p.index_id < 2 )

                         AND ( a.type = 1 ) THEN p.rows

                    ELSE 0


FROM   sys.objects o

       JOIN sys.partitions p

         ON p.object_id = o.object_id

       JOIN sys.allocation_units a

         ON p.partition_id = a.container_id

WHERE  o.type = ‘U’



Quick queries to Troubleshoot Database Mail in SQL Server

Use below queries one by one and hopefully, you will be able to find and fix your Database Mail issue.

  1. sysmail_help_queue_sp @queue_type = ‘Mail’
  2. select * from sysmail_event_log
  3. select * from sysmail_allitems
  4. select is_broker_enabled from sys.databases where name=’msdb’
  5. sysmail_help_status_sp
  6. sysmail_start_sp

Resumable Auto-Index Rebuild and Reorganize Script

As part of SQL server database maintenance, the indexes have to be defragmented on regular basis by rebuild or reorganize for consistant performance. Most of the time, the index maintenance jobs fail in the middle for large databases due to insufficient storage in log files and the entire rebuild process has to be restarted. This consumes a lot of time and also causes prolonged performance issues.

To tackle this, I have scripts which could resume from where it stopped. Even if the defragmentation(Rebuild/Reorg) fails in the middle due to some reason, it will continue from the table it stopped.

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