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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

Checking Whether Connections to SQL Server are Encrypted

This article outlines how to check whether connections to a SQL Server instance are encrypted. Ideally for data security all connections should be encrypted but sometimes this isn’t possible or hasn’t been set up. This article outlines some queries that can be run to check which current connections are encrypted.

Featured Script

Creating a comma separated list of all columns in a table

This SQL script creates a comma separated list of all columns in a table. This can be useful for creating SQL INSERT and SELECT statements etc.

Quick Quiz : DATALENGTH results

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