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SQL Server Discovery Report


How can I check what all SQL server features and version are installed on my Machine ?

It’s a frequently asked question. You need to study your environment, need to login each instance to check version & other details, to answer this question.

Till SQL Server 2005, you have no direct solution.

But Starting from SQL Server 2008, Microsoft added a SQL Server discovery report as an useful tool under Tools page of Installation Center.

SQL Server Discovery tool

Lunch SQL Server Installation Center under Configuration Tools ( Click on the Start menu, go to All Programs, click to Microsoft SQL Server <Version Name>, under Configuration Tools click on SQL Server Installation Center) OR Directly Run Setup.exe & browse to Tools Page

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Report will be generate & open in default browser automatically

Report Location

The SQL Server Discovery Report will be saved automatically in %ProgramFiles%Microsoft SQL Server100Setup BootstrapLog<last Setup Session>

Other Useful Options

· You can also generate the Discovery report through the command line. Run “Setup.exe /Action=RunDiscovery” from a command prompt

· If you add “/q” to the command line above no UI will be shown, but the report will saved in %ProgramFiles%Microsoft SQL Server100Setup BootstrapLog<last Setup Session>

Limitation

· SQL Server discovery tool cannot be used to discover Remote SQL server installation

 

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Cumulative Update – 5 for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 Is Now Available !


The 5th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. Cumulative Update 5 contains all the hotfixes released since the initial release of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2.

Those who are facing severe issues with their environment, they can plan to test CU5 in test environment & then move to Production after satisfactory results.

To other, I suggest to wait for SP3 final release to deploy on your production environment, to have consolidate build.

KB Article For CU5 of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2

Previous Cumulative Update KB Articles:

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Cumulative Update – 6 for SQL Server 2012 Is Now Available !


The 6thcumulative update release for SQL Server 2012 is now available. Cumulative Update 6 contains all the hotfixes released since the initial release of SQL Server 2012.

Those who are facing severe issues with their environment, they can plan to test CU6 in test environment & then move to Production after satisfactory results.

KB Article For CU6 of SQL Server 2012

· CU#6 KB Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2728897

Previous Cumulative Update KB Articles of SQL Server 2012

· CU#5 KB Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2777772

· CU#4 KB Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2758687

· CU#3 KB Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2723749

· CU#2 KB Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2703275

· CU#1 KB Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2679368

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Cumulative Update – 11 for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Is Now Available !


The 11thcumulative update release for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. Cumulative Update 11 contains all the hotfixes released since the initial release of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Those who are facing severe issues with their environment, they can plan to test CU11 in test environment & then move to Production after satisfactory results.

For CU11 of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1

Previous Cumulative Update KB Articles:

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Backup not starting for Database with Full Text Catalog…………..Failed to change the status to RESUME for full-text catalog in database. Error: 0x80043607


Issue :-

One of our Database with Full Text Catalog is not getting backed up. When I checked, backup keeps pending on 0% without any progress. In SQL server error log, I also found error related to Full text catalog that SQL server is facing issue in setting Full test catalog status.

These is some issue with FTS service due to which when backup ask FTS service to change Full text catalog status, it failed.

SQL server backup change status between PAUSE & RESUME before & after backup.

Failed to change the status to RESUME for full-text catalog “Test_FullTextCatalog” in database “Test”. Error: 0x80043607(An internal interface is being used after the corresponding catalog has been shutdown. The operation will be aborted.).

Solution :-

You need to restart the Full Text service to resolve the issue.

I have restarted the FTS & try backup again and it worked successful.

Please share if you face any more issue in this regard or any other possible solution.

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Connect PerfMon to a Remote Server


It seems to be a simple & easy thing to connect Perfmon to a remote server.

GO TO RUN > Perfmon > Right Click “Connect to Another Computer” > Enter server name & you are done

But I face several connectivity issue during connecting Perfmon from remote server.

ISSUE 1: DNS not able to resolve the server name

RESOLUTION : I have fixed the issue by adding an entry in the hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc).

ISSUE 2 : Unable to connect the server

RESOLUTION: I have checked & found that Perfmon is trying to use Port 445 for connectivity. Telnet showed that port number 445 is blocked. I have asked added port into firewall exception & it works.

ISSUE 3 : Server Access denied

RESOLUTION: PerfMon is trying to the connect the remote server using the logged in user account which will not work by default as my user is not having access on remote server. Now, I need to run perfmon using a different user account which has access to the remote server.

runas /netonly /user:TestDomain\UserName “perfmon”
On running this command, it will ask for the password. It will open the PerfMon and you are ready to go.

 

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How to get list of all available parameter of .EXE file ?


Today, We discuss How to get list of all available parameter of .EXE file OR How to find list of SQL Server setup parameters ?

Major problem is of all available parameter details. Sometime, We need to pass parameter to .EXE file to get some different & superior functionality.

We can get details of available parameters by passing “/?” to any .EXE file in windows cmd.

Example 1 : Check parameter of SQL Server Setup

List of parameters

Example 2 : Check parameter of Procmon.exe (other than SQL Server)

List of parameters

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