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SQL Matters is a resource for SQL Server Developers, Architects, DBAs and others interested in SQL Server and related technologies . Our site contains a wide range of articles, tips, blogs, quiz questions and other information about the SQL Server range of products. This includes Integration Services (SSIS), Reporting Services (SSRS), Analysis Services (SSAS) and some other products that we feel might be of interest to the SQL Server community such as PowerPivot and Report Builder.

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Featured Tip

Determining the last time SQL Server was started

One notable omission from the server properties available from the SERVERPROPERTY() function is the date and time that SQL Server was last started or restarted. Hopefully this will be resolved in a future version but in the meantime here are a few ways to determine this date. They all work on SQL Server 2005 and 2008.

Featured Script

Checking the status of SQL Server Agent jobs

As a DBA it’s important to quickly identify any issues with SQL Server Agent jobs. This article includes a number of scripts which make it easy to identify which jobs have failed and which are still running as well as generating a history of when each job ran.

Quick Quiz : DATALENGTH results

What is the result of the following SQL query ?
DECLARE @MyStr NVARCHAR (100)
SET @MyStr = 'ABC'
SELECT DATALENGTH(@MyStr)
Choose one : a) 3    b) 6    c) 50    d) 100