Session Announcement: New functions in SQL Server 2012


Come and join me on 29th June, 2013 [Saturday] @ C# Corner Chapter Meet. This is the first ever C# Corner Chapter event being organized at Chandigarh “The City Beautiful”.

I shall be taking a session on New Functions in SQL Server 2012. There would be interesting session on jQuery and WCF conducted by my fellow speakers Anil Kumar and Raghavendra respectively.



Date: 29th June,2013 [Saturday]

Hotel Windsor
Mansa Devi Complex, Sector-4,
(Near Rajiv Gandhi IT Park, Chandigarh)
Panchkula 134114
Locate on Google Map

This event is sponsored by:
SSS & Educational Society ,Gorakhpur and C#Corner.


SQL Server 2014 CTP1: Download available

Finally!! SQL Server 2014 has been released after the recent announcements earlier this month. Community Technology Preview 1 [CTP1] is available for download, link below.

Download >> SQL Server 2014 CTP1

This release has been targeted around In-Memory computing capabilities along with Cloud Computing.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1) installation limitations:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 is pre-release software and should be installed only on a clean machine. It does not support upgrade from or side-by-side installations with any previous version of SQL Server, including SQL Server 2012. In addition it does not work with or support side by side installations with any client redistributables of SQL Server such as feature pack components, Visual Studio 2012 or earlier versions, SQL Server Data Tools, Data Tier Application Framework, etc.
  • To administer Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 use only SQL Server Management Studio that ships as a part of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is NOT supported by Microsoft Customer Services and Support (CSS).
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is only available in the X64 architecture.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is a NON-PRODUCTION release and should not be installed and used in production environments.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release does NOT have an associated Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Feature Pack.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release on Windows Azure VM is only intended for functional development and testing, and not for performance testing.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release contains branding and versioning from older Microsoft SQL Server releases.

Upgrade to SQL 2012 using detach and attach commands

Today we shall try to see how to upgrade database from SQL Server 2008 R2 to SQL Server 2012 using Detach and Attach T-SQL commands.

Let’s first create a sample database say “DB_SQL2008R2” using SQL 2008 and create a test table (with some values)

USE master

-- creating sample datbase


-- creating test table with values
CREATE TABLE Test_table (col1 VARCHAR(10), col2 VARCHAR(10));
INSERT INTO dbo.Test_table ( col1, col2 )

Take note of the data file and log file created and the location (this is required as we are going to attach these files to SQL Server 2012 later). In my test server, they are created at:
Data File >> C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10.SQL\MSSQL\DATA\DB_SQL2008R2.mdf
Log File >> C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10.SQL\MSSQL\DATA\DB_SQL2008R2_log.ldf

How do I get the data and log file name?

Go to “Object Explorer” window in Sql Server management studio. Expand the database folder and look for “DB_SQL2008R2”. Right-click and choose “Properties”. Database properties window will open. Select the “Files” page on the left. On the right, you will find two files DB_SQL2008R2 and DB_SQL2008R2_log. The location of these files is mentioned under the “Path” column header.

So, we are all set for upgrade!

First, step is to detach the database. Open SSMS for SQL Server 2008R2 and execute the following code snippet to detach the database

USE master;

EXEC sp_detach_db @dbname = N'SQLTraining';

Now login to SSMS for SQL Server 2012 and create the database using the data and log files we have taken not of earlier.

USE master;

ON (FILENAME = 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10.SQL\MSSQL\DATA\DB_SQL2008R2.mdf'),
   (FILENAME = 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10.SQL\MSSQL\DATA\DB_SQL2008R2_log.ldf')

So finally, we have been successful in upgrading a database from SQL Server 2008R2 to SQL Server 2012

For further reading please refer MSDN: Upgrade a Database Using Detach and Attach (Transact-SQL)

On the way to “SQL Server 2014”

Whilst, we are still exploring SQL Server 2012, Microsoft has announced features of SQL Server 2014.  With most fingers in Cloud (Cloud computing), the the new product combines together to deliver “In-the-box” in-memory capabilities, hybrid cloud capabilities for mission critical applications and permits faster data insights.

One of the core components of SQL Server 2014 is built to make most of “Cloud computing”. This helps in scalability (nearly infinite) and also reduces the computational and storage cost by many folds.

In-memory computing has been in the market for some time now, “In-memory in the box” takes the game to next level. Unlike other in-memory products which require separate dedicated software and hardware; SQL Server 2014 comes with Hekaton’s in-memory OLTP which is delivered in the box with the product.

Here are few links to explore more on the product..