How to create table with filestream column and Insert data

How to create table with filestream column and Insert data?

Filestream data type in SQL Server  can be used to store images,documents,etc., in database.

In this blog I will explain how to create table with filestream data type.

Before creating table with filestream  column,we have to enable filestream feature in SQL Server configuration manager.Follow “How to enable and configure Filestream in SQL SERVER 2008 / 2012

Create a table and adding filestream data:

1.Create Filestream enabled database.


PRIMARY ( NAME = test1,
    FILENAME = ‘c:\data\testdat1.mdf’),
    FILENAME = ‘c:\data\test1’)
LOG ON  ( NAME = testlog1,
    FILENAME = ‘c:\data\test1.ldf’)

2.After you have a filestream enabled database.we now need to create a table and add data to it.


CREATE TABLE [dbo].[test](
   [Number] VARCHAR(20),
   [Description] VARCHAR(50),

3.Insert values into table. In below example I am inserting image file in to the table. 


— Load the image data
SELECT @img = CAST(bulkcolumn AS VARBINARY(MAX))
      FROM OPENROWSET(Bulk  ‘C:\image\jellyfish.jpg’, SINGLE_BLOB ) AS y
— Insert the data to the table         
INSERT INTO test (ID,Number,Description, Image)
SELECT NEWID(), ‘MS1001′,’jellyfish’, @img


4.To view the table with filestream included column



FILESTREAM feature is disabled

Restore database (or) SQL Server setup fails in script upgrade mode with below error
Msg 5591, Level 16, State 4, Line 2
FILESTREAM feature is disabled.
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 2
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

Follow the steps in and enable File stream, then restore the database.

If the upgrade for SQL Server is failing with error “ESTREAM feature is disabled” then enable file stream in configuration manager by following above article and start SQL Server by following steps mentioned in

 SQL Server2008/SQL Server2012: Script level upgrade for database ‘master’ failed  and run below statement to change file stream access level

sp_configure filestream_access_level, 2
RECONFIGURE with override

After you executed the above statement start the SQL Server normally.

TCP Provider: The semaphore timeout period has expired

TCP Provider: The semaphore timeout period has expired error from SQL Server agent and other applications at times.

1. Disable TCP Chimney.Refer KB:942861

2. If you are in windows 2003 Change the value of the processor affinity to match the number of processors in the system.Follow KB:892100

1.Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2.Expand the following registry subkey:
3.Right-click ProcessorAffinityMask, and then click Modify.
4.In the Value data box, type one of the following values, and then click OK:
◦If you have two processors, use the binary value 0b11, or hex value 0x3.
◦If you have three processors, use the binary value 0b111, or hex value 0x7.
◦If you have four processors, use the binary value 0b1111, or hex value 0xF.
5.Quit Registry Editor.
Note The 0x0 or 0xFFFFFFFF values are used to disable the ProcessorAffinityMask entry.

3. Check if priority boost is enabled for SQL Server. If yes disable it.

4. Make sure there is no working set trim and system wide memory pressure. You can use second query in significant part of sql server process memory has been paged out to identify and follow the same blog to fix it)

5. Check if paged pool and non-paged is empty. (Event ID:  2019  in event log)

6. If you see this problem in cluster make sure you have set the network priority of “private heart beat” network higher than the “public” network.Refer KB:258750


Unable to connect to Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MS DTC) to check the completion status of transaction.

An error occurred while recovering database. Unable to connect to Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MS DTC) to check the completion status of transaction.

You might get below errors when you try to restore database from SAN snapshot and see a Orphan Msdtc transaction Spid -2


Msg 6110, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
The distributed transaction with UOW {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000} does not exist.

An error occurred while recovering database Unable to connect to Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MS DTC) to check the completion status of transaction (0:12345). Fix MS DTC, and run recovery again.


Change the sp_configure option
sp_configure ‘in-doubt xact resolution’,2
–Presume abort. Any MS DTC in-doubt transactions are presumed to have aborted.
DBCC dbrecover(‘Dbname’);

Addition details on above sp_configure option in

Note: Use above option with caution

SQL Server integration services fails to start.

If SQL Server integration services fails to start. Create a backup of DTExec.exe.config and MsDtsSrvr.exe.config file  in   “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\DTS\Binn” and add  <generatePublisherEvidence enabled=”false”/> under runtime tag and the start the SSIS service.



Here is an example DTExec.exe.config file for SSIS 2005:
<requiredRuntime version=”v2.0.50727″/>
<generatePublisherEvidence enabled=”false”/>


Here is an example msdtssrvr.exe.config file for SSIS 2005:
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″ ?>
    <gcServer enabled=”true”/>
    <generatePublisherEvidence enabled=”false”/>
      <add name=”TraceClientConnections” value=”0″ />
      <add name=”TraceManagementCalls” value=”0″ />
      <add name=”ServerTraceSwitch” value=”0″ />

More details about the above tab is mentioned in

Query to find SQL Server CPU utilization 2012.

Query to find SQL Server CPU utilization 2012. This query will help you to find the CPU utilization of server and SQL. If like to know the steps to bring down the SQL Server CPU utilization follow

	declare @ms_now bigint
	select @ms_now = ms_ticks from sys.dm_os_sys_info;
select top 15 record_id,
		dateadd(ms, -1 * (@ms_now - [timestamp]), GetDate()) as EventTime, 
		100 - SystemIdle - SQLProcessUtilization as OtherProcessUtilization
	from (
			record.value('(./Record/@id)[1]', 'int') as record_id,
			record.value('(./Record/SchedulerMonitorEvent/SystemHealth/SystemIdle)[1]', 'int') as SystemIdle,
			record.value('(./Record/SchedulerMonitorEvent/SystemHealth/ProcessUtilization)[1]', 'int') as SQLProcessUtilization,
		from (
			select timestamp, convert(xml, record) as record 
			from sys.dm_os_ring_buffers 
			where ring_buffer_type = N'RING_BUFFER_SCHEDULER_MONITOR'
			and record like '%<SystemHealth>%') as x
		) as y 
	order by record_id desc

How to set alternate location for SQL Server dumps?

How to set alternate location for SQL Server dumps?
To change the default location for dump files, you can add the SQLExceptionDumpPath registry key with REG_SZ type under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\<instance path>\Setup  and set the value of this key to the new path. The default location for this is the SQL installation Path\log directory.
Above change does not require restart
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\<instance path>\Setup\MaxDumps    -DWORD to limit maximum number of dumps (0=Unlimited)
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\<instance path>\Setup\MaxFullDumps to limit maximum number of full dumps (0=Unlimited)

Update,Insert or Delete on tables at subscriber fails in transactional replication

When you update/insert/delete rows in table in subscriber which is part of transactional replication with updateable subscriber we will end with below error
Msg 14126, Level 16, State 3, Procedure sp_check_sync_trigger, Line 28
You do not have the required permissions to complete the operation.

Msg 20512, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_MSreplraiserror, Line 8
Updateable Subscriptions: Rolling back transaction.
Msg 3609, Level 16, State 1, Procedure trg_MSsync_upd_State, Line 133

The transaction ended in the trigger. The batch has been aborted.
Above error is raised in sp_check_sync_trigger and according to the below logic in “sp_check_sync_trigger”  
If you have a update/delete/insert trigger in a table which is not part of replication (MSreplication_objects) then we raise “You do not have the required permissions to complete the operation.”

if not exists (select so.object_id from (dbo.MSreplication_objects as ro join sys.objects as so 
        on ro.object_name = 
        where so.object_id = @trigger_procid and ro.object_type = ‘T’  
        and (@owner is null or schema_name(so.schema_id) = @owner)) 
        raiserror(14126, 16, 3) 
        return 1 

Identify all the triggers of the table for which you are not able to update/delete/insert rows and identify the trigger which is not part of MSreplication_objects and disable it.
You can use the below query to identify triggers in table which is not part of replication

select * from sys.objects where type=‘TR’ and name not in (select object_name from  MSreplication_objects)
and parent_object_id in (select OBJECT_ID(‘Replace your Table here’))


How to configure the size of SQLServer error log

When running SQL Server certain times we may have to limit the size and number of SQL server errorlogs

To limit the size of SQL Server errorlogs add a new registry key GetMaxErrorLogSizeKb under
By default, this key is absent. Modify the value to the size of errorlog(In Kb) you want to maintain.

To increase the number of log files, add a new registry key “NumErrorLogs” (REG_DWORD) under below location.
By default, this key is absent. Modify the value to the number of logs that you want to maintain.

To learn more about sp_readerrorlog and its parameters read Beyond XP_READERRORLOG (Parameters of XP_READERRORLOG)

Remote query using a linked server generated memory dump and fails

When you fire a remote query using a linked server it may generate a memory dump and fail with error below
Msg 0, Level 11, State 0, Line 0
A severe error occurred on the current command. The results, if any, should be discarded.
Msg 0, Level 20, State 0, Line 0
A severe error occurred on the current command. The results, if any, should be discarded.
1. Apply the fix mentioned in;EN-US;939965 if you are using OLEDB provider for DB2.
2. Few RDBMS allow index to contain column name twice. Dump the indexes of table which you are querying and check if any index has duplicate column name If you find a duplicate column name remove it. Linked server query will start working.

When statistics was updated?

Statistics are used by the SQL Server optimizer to choose the efficient plan.  When we don’t have up to date statistics
it may end with SQL server optimizer choosing inefficient query plan. We can use below query to identify when SQL Server
statistics were last updated.

select db_id() as dbid,
    when indid IN (0, 1) then convert (char (12), rows)
    else (select rows from dbo.sysindexes i2 where = and i2.indid in (0,1)) -- ''-''
  end as rowcnt,
    when indid IN (0, 1) then rowmodctr
    else convert (bigint, rowmodctr) + (select rowmodctr from dbo.sysindexes i2 where = and i2.indid in (0,1))
  end as row_mods,
  case rows when 0 then 0 else convert (bigint,
      when indid IN (0, 1) then convert (bigint, rowmodctr)
      else rowmodctr + (select convert (bigint, rowmodctr) from dbo.sysindexes i2 where = and i2.indid in (0,1))
    end / convert (numeric (20,2), (select case convert (bigint, rows) when 0 then 0.01 else rows end from dbo.sysindexes i2 where = and i2.indid in (0,1))) * 100)
  end as pct_mod,
  convert (nvarchar, + '.' + as objname,
  case when i.status&0x800040=0x800040 then 'AUTOSTATS'
    when i.status&0x40=0x40 and i.status&0x800000=0 then 'STATS'
    else 'INDEX' end as type,
  convert (nvarchar, as idxname, i.indid,
  stats_date (, i.indid) as stats_updated,
  case i.status & 0x1000000 when 0 then 'no' else '*YES*' end as norecompute, as objid , rowcnt, i.status
from dbo.sysobjects o, dbo.sysindexes i, dbo.sysusers u
where = and o.uid = u.uid and i.indid between 1 and 254 and o.type = 'U'
order by pct_mod desc, convert (nvarchar, + '.' +, indid

Limiting the number connections to SQL Server database

If you would like to

1. Limit the number connections to SQL Server database.
2. Restrict connections to SQL server from tools like SSMS (or) You dont want non-sysadmins to connect with SQL Server except from application.

We can acheive all this by creating logon triggers.

Sample 1
USE master;
CREATE TRIGGER connection_limit_trigger
IF ORIGINAL_LOGIN()= ‘login_test’ AND
    (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM sys.dm_exec_sessions
            WHERE is_user_process = 1 AND
                original_login_name = ‘login_test’) > 3

Sample 2
This trigger filters restricts other applications to access the database other than the  APPname (replace your application name with APPname)
Declare @role numeric(1)
select @role= IS_SRVROLEMEMBER (‘sysadmin’);
if @role1
if (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM sys.dm_exec_sessions
            WHERE is_user_process = 1 AND
              program_name’APPName’ and
                original_login_name in (select suser_sname()))>0

Note: we can use sp_configure ‘user connections’  to limit the number of connections to SQL Server.

JOB does not exist in the job cache

Job  does not exist in the job cache: attempting to re-acquire it from the server
Warning,[156] Job does not exist in the job cache
Error 22022 JOB does not exist in the job cache

Cause 1:
1. Expand the SQL Server SSMS
2. select the SQLAGENT
3. Right click and select properties
4.Check the properties in the connection TAB at SQL Server.

Check if SQL Server alias is pointing to different server. If yes change it back to default and restart SQL Server

Cause 2:
In correct MSX/TSX configuration or MSX/TSX

Cleaned up system tables related to MSX-TSX in MSDB and reconfigure MSX/TSX configuration and jobs.
You can run ‘sp_msx_enlist’ at target server and check the output error if there has some error happened.

Cause 3:
Disable encryption.certificate validation are enabled for connections between master servers and target servers by default.
   a) “Start”->”run”->type “regedit” at ‘GSHJRQA’ server.
   b) Navigate to \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\\SQLServerAgent\MsxEncryptChannelOptions(REG_DWORD)
   c) Change “MsxEncryptChannelOptions” value from 2 to 0.

1398(There is a time and/or date difference between the client and server.) Backup

Backup database failes with error

“Write on “\\\tes.bak” failed: 1398(There is a time and/or date difference between the client and server.)


You will get this error if Kerberos ticket in the SQL Server is expired, restart SQL Server. Also check if Windows Time service is running

Could not obtain information about Windows NT group/user

SQL Server jobs failling with below error.

The job failed.  Unable to determine if the owner (domain\user) of job test has server access (reason: Could not obtain information about Windows NT group/user ‘domain\user’, error code 0x5. [SQLSTATE 42000] (Error 15404)).
From SQL agent logs we see below errors

2011-02-25 01:00:00 – ! [298] SQLServer Error: 15404, Could not obtain information about Windows NT group/user

1. ADD the SQL Agent service account to the Pre-Windows 2000 Compatible Access Group

2. If SQL Server is running under  localsystem add the computer object to the domain group “Pre-Windows 2000 compatible access”

3. verify if xp_logininfo ‘domain\user’ is successful.

4. Make sure account is not locked

Deferred update instead of direct

Although we dont update the column of unique constraint we might verywell end up with defererred update if you dont pass all the coulumns of PK contraint in where clause of the update query. We have to review all update statements to check if all columns of unique constraint is passed in where clause.

 Assume you fire below query on table with below constraint

 c1  ASC,
 c2 ASC

update table xx set xx=1 where pk1=1 and xx2=2

It is possible that multiple rows will be returned by the where clause in the update,hence breaks the requirements for a direct update (it is considered to be a multirow update because of the where clause)
Althought you did not update PK columns ,your search argument did not specify value for all the columns used to create index ,so you might end with deferred update

CACHESTORE_SQLCP will increase when you run backup

CACHESTORE_SQLCP increases continuously when we run the backup.
When you run the database/Tlog backup very frequently or for the databases with large number of files/file groups CACHESTORE_SQLCP increases
We can identify the issue by using below queries

Select text,a.*from sys.dm_exec_cached_plans a cross apply sys.dm_exec_sql_text(plan_handle)  order by size_in_bytes desc

Select p.plan_handle,CONVERT (varchar, GETDATE(), 126) AS runtime, LEFT (p.cacheobjtype + ' (' + p.objtype + ')', 35) AS cacheobjtype
,p.usecounts, p.size_in_bytes / 1024 AS size_in_kb, stat.total_worker_time/1000 AS tot_cpu_ms,
stat.total_elapsed_time/1000 AS tot_duration_ms, stat.total_physical_reads, stat.total_logical_writes, stat.total_logical_reads,
LEFT (CASE WHEN pa.value=32767 THEN 'ResourceDb' ELSE ISNULL (DB_NAME (CONVERT (sysname, pa.value)),
CONVERT (sysname,pa.value))END, 40) AS dbname,sql.objectid, CONVERT (nvarchar(50),
CASE WHEN sql.objectid IS NULL THEN NULL ELSE REPLACE (REPLACE (sql.[text],CHAR(13), ' '), CHAR(10), '')END) AS procname,
REPLACE (REPLACE (SUBSTRING (sql.[text], stat.statement_start_offset/2 + 1, CASE WHEN stat.statement_end_offset = -1
THEN LEN (CONVERT(nvarchar(max), sql.[text]))
ELSE stat.statement_end_offset/2 - stat.statement_start_offset/2 + 1 END), CHAR(13), ' '), CHAR(10), ' ') AS stmt_text
FROM sys.dm_exec_cached_plans p OUTER APPLY sys.dm_exec_plan_attributes (p.plan_handle) pa INNER JOIN sys.dm_exec_query_stats stat
ON p.plan_handle = stat.plan_handle OUTER APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text (p.plan_handle) AS sql
WHERE pa.attribute = 'dbid' ORDER BY p.plan_handle DESC



SQL Server 2008
There is a fix for this issue in SQL server 2008

SQL Server2005
There is no Fix for SQL Server 2005. You can follow some workarounds
Since all the plans (problematic) are created for MSDB. You can use dbcc flushprocindb(4) —  to flush the plans of msdb without touching the plans of other databases (4 is database id of MSDB) .
You can add a new step to backup job created by maintenance plan to run dbcc flushprocindb(4) every time backup completes. So the plans created in MSDB will be flushed immediately after the backup.

Can high number of connection cause SQL Server to refuse connection?

sp_configure “user connections” will decide the maximum number of simultaneous user connections allowed on SQL Server.Default value for user connections is 32767. So unless we hange the value it wouldnt cause problems.

Connections will be refused if we exceeded max worker threads. Look at the SQL Server error log and identify if there are deadlocked scheduler dumps. If there is follow the steps in identify on what resource your sessions are waiting (Not excatly session. It is thread or session with threads associated with it).

When you have the issue look at sysprocesses for session with Kpid and identify where they are waiting and check if the active sessions (Sessions with KPID) exceeded max worker threads.