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1. Can a stored procedure call itself or recursive stored procedure? How many level SP nestingpossible?

Yes. Because Transact-SQL supports recursion, you can write stored procedures that call themselves.
  Recursion can be defined as a method of problem solving wherein the solution is arrived at by
  repetitively applying it to subsets of the problem. A common application of recursive logic is to perform numeric computations that lend themselves to repetitive evaluation by the same processing steps.
  Stored procedures are nested when one stored procedure calls another or executes managed code by referencing a CLR routine, type, or aggregate. You can nest stored procedures and managed code references up to 32 levels.

2. Difference between Function and Stored Procedure?

UDF can be used in the SQL statements anywhere in the WHERE/HAVING/SELECT section where as
  Stored procedures cannot be.
  UDFs that return tables can be treated as another rowset. This can be used in JOINs with other tables.
  Inline UDF's can be though of as views that take parameters and can be used in JOINs and other
  Rowset operations.

3. How do SQL server 2000 and XML linked? Can XML be used to access data?FOR XML (ROW, AUTO, EXPLICIT)

You can execute SQL queries against existing relational databases to return results as XML rather than standard rowsets. These queries can be executed directly or from within stored procedures. To retrieve XML results, use the FOR XML clause of the SELECT statement and specify an XML mode of RAW, AUTO, or EXPLICIT.
  OPENXML
  OPENXML is a Transact-SQL keyword that provides a relational/rowset view over an in-memory XML document. OPENXML is a rowset provider similar to a table or a view. OPENXML provides a way to access XML data within the Transact-SQL context by transferring data from an XML document into the relational tables. Thus, OPENXML allows you to manage an XML document and its interaction with the relational environment.

4. How to implement one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many relationships whiledesigning tables?

One-to-One relationship can be implemented as a single table and rarely as two tables with primary
  and foreign key relationships.
  One-to-Many relationships are implemented by splitting the data into two tables with primary key and foreign key relationships.
  Many-to-Many relationships are implemented using a junction table with the keys from both the tables forming the composite primary key of the junction table.

5. What are different normalization forms?

1NF: Eliminate Repeating Groups
  Make a separate table for each set of related attributes, and give each table a primary key. Each field
  contains at most one value from its attribute domain.
  2NF: Eliminate Redundant Data If an attribute depends on only part of a multi-valued key, remove it to a separate table.
  3NF: Eliminate Columns Not Dependent On Key
  If attributes do not contribute to a description of the key, remove them to a separate table. All
  attributes must be directly dependent on the primary key
  BCNF: Boyce-Codd Normal Form
  If there are non-trivial dependencies between candidate key attributes, separate them out into distinct tables.
  4NF: Isolate Independent Multiple Relationships
  No table may contain two or more 1:n or n:m relationships that are not directly related.
  5NF: Isolate Semantically Related Multiple Relationships
  There may be practical constrains on information that justify separating logically related many-to-many relationships.
  ONF: Optimal Normal Form
  A model limited to only simple (elemental) facts, as expressed in Object Role Model notation.
  DKNF: Domain-Key Normal Form
  A model free from all modification anomalies.
  Remember, these normalization guidelines are cumulative. For a database to be in 3NF, it must first
  fulfill all the criteria of a 2NF and 1NF database.

6. What are different type of Collation Sensitivity?

Case sensitivity
  A and a, B and b, etc.
  Accent sensitivity
  a and á, o and ó, etc.
  Kana Sensitivity
  When Japanese kana characters Hiragana and Katakana are treated differently, it is called Kana
  sensitive. 

Width sensitivity
  When a single-byte character (half-width) and the same character when represented as a double-byte character (full-width) are treated differently then it is width sensitive.

7. What are the authentication modes in SQL Server? How can it be changed?

Windows mode and mixed mode (SQL & Windows).
  To change authentication mode in SQL Server click Start, Programs, Microsoft SQL Server and click SQL Enterprise Manager to run SQL Enterprise Manager from the Microsoft SQL Server program group.
  Select the server then from the Tools menu select SQL Server Configuration Properties, and choose the Security page.

8. What are the different index configurations a table can have?

A table can have one of the following index configurations:
  No indexes
  A clustered index
  A clustered index and many nonclustered indexes
  A nonclustered index
  Many nonclustered indexes

9. What are the different types of replication? Explain.

The SQL Server 2000-supported replication types are as follows:
  · Transactional
  · Snapshot
  · Merge
  Snapshot replication distributes data exactly as it appears at a specific moment in time and does not monitor for updates to the data. Snapshot replication is best used as a method for replicating data that changes infrequently or where the most up-to-date values (low latency) are not a requirement. When synchronization occurs, the entire snapshot is generated and sent to Subscribers.
  Transactional replication, an initial snapshot of data is applied at Subscribers, and then when data
  modifications are made at the Publisher, the individual transactions are captured and propagated to Subscribers.
  Merge replication is the process of distributing data from Publisher to Subscribers, allowing the
  Publisher and Subscribers to make updates while connected or disconnected, and then merging the
  updates between sites when they are connected.

10. What are types of sub-queries?

Single-row subquery, where the subquery returns only one row.
  Multiple-row subquery, where the subquery returns multiple rows,.and
  Multiple column subquery, where the subquery returns multiple columns.

11. What is a Linked Server?

Linked Servers is a concept in SQL Server by which we can add other SQL Server to a Group and query both the SQL Server dbs using T-SQL Statements. With a linked server, you can create very clean, easy to follow, SQL statements that allow remote data to be retrieved, joined and combined with local data.
  Storped Procedure sp_addlinkedserver, sp_addlinkedsrvlogin will be used add new Linked Server.

12. What is a NOLOCK?

Using the NOLOCK query optimiser hint is generally considered good practice in order to improve
  concurrency on a busy system. When the NOLOCK hint is included in a SELECT statement, no locks are taken when data is read. The result is a Dirty Read, which means that another process could be
  updating the data at the exact time you are reading it. There are no guarantees that your query will
  retrieve the most recent data. The advantage to performance is that your reading of data will not block updates from taking place, and updates will not block your reading of data. SELECT statements take Shared (Read) locks. This means that multiple SELECT statements are allowed simultaneous access, but other processes are blocked from modifying the data. The updates will queue until all the reads have completed, and reads requested after the update will wait for the updates to complete. The result to your system is delay(blocking).

13. What is Collation?

Collation refers to a set of rules that determine how data is sorted and compared. Character data is
  sorted using rules that define the correct character sequence, with options for specifying casesensitivity, accent marks, kana character types and character width.

14. What is Cross Join?

A cross join that does not have a WHERE clause produces the Cartesian product of the tables involved in the join. The size of a Cartesian product result set is the number of rows in the first table multiplied by the number of rows in the second table. The common example is when company wants to combine each product with a pricing table to analyze each product at each price.

15. What is cursors?

Cursor is a database object used by applications to manipulate data in a set on a row-by-row basis,
  instead of the typical SQL commands that operate on all the rows in the set at one time.

In order to work with a cursor we need to perform some steps in the following order:
  Declare cursor
  Open cursor
  Fetch row from the cursor
  Process fetched row
  Close cursor
  Deallocate cursor

16. What is data integrity? Explain constraints?

Data integrity is an important feature in SQL Server. When used properly, it ensures that data is

accurate, correct, and valid. It also acts as a trap for otherwise undetectable bugs within applications.
  A PRIMARY KEY constraint is a unique identifier for a row within a database table. Every table should have a primary key constraint to uniquely identify each row and only one primary key constraint can be created for each table. The primary key constraints are used to enforce entity integrity.
  A UNIQUE constraint enforces the uniqueness of the values in a set of columns, so no duplicate values are entered. The unique key constraints are used to enforce entity integrity as the primary key constraints.
  A FOREIGN KEY constraint prevents any actions that would destroy links between tables with the
  corresponding data values. A foreign key in one table points to a primary key in another table. Foreign keys prevent actions that would leave rows with foreign key values when there are no primary keys with that value. The foreign key constraints are used to enforce referential integrity.
  A CHECK constraint is used to limit the values that can be placed in a column. The check constraints
  are used to enforce domain integrity.
  A NOT NULL constraint enforces that the column will not accept null values. The not null constraints are used to enforce domain integrity, as the check constraints.

17. What is De-normalization?

De-normalization is the process of attempting to optimize the performance of a database by adding
  redundant data. It is sometimes necessary because current DBMSs implement the relational model
  poorly. A true relational DBMS would allow for a fully normalized database at the logical level, while providing physical storage of data that is tuned for high performance. De-normalization is a technique to move from higher to lower normal forms of database modeling in order to speed up database access.

18. What is difference between DELETE & TRUNCATE commands?

Delete command removes the rows from a table based on the condition that we provide with a WHERE
  clause. Truncate will actually remove all the rows from a table and there will be no data in the table
  after we run the truncate command.
  TRUNCATE
  TRUNCATE is faster and uses fewer system and transaction log resources than DELETE.
  TRUNCATE removes the data by deallocating the data pages used to store the table’s data, and only the page deallocations are recorded in the transaction log.
  TRUNCATE removes all rows from a table, but the table structure and its columns, constraints, indexes and so on remain. The counter used by an identity for new rows is reset to the seed for the column.
  You cannot use TRUNCATE TABLE on a table referenced by a FOREIGN KEY constraint.
  Because TRUNCATE TABLE is not logged, it cannot activate a trigger.
  TRUNCATE can not be Rolled back.
  TRUNCATE is DDL Command.
  TRUNCATE Resets identity of the table.
  DELETE
  DELETE removes rows one at a time and records an entry in the transaction log for each deleted row.
  If you want to retain the identity counter, use DELETE instead. If you want to remove table definition and its data, use the DROP TABLE statement.
  DELETE Can be used with or without a WHERE clause DELETE Activates Triggers.
  DELETE Can be Rolled back.
  DELETE is DML Command.
  DELETE does not reset identity of the table.

19. What is Index?

An index is a physical structure containing pointers to the data. Indices are created in an existing table to locate rows more quickly and efficiently. It is possible to create an index on one or more columns of a table, and each index is given a name. The users cannot see the indexes, they are just used to speed up queries. Effective indexes are one of the best ways to improve performance in a database application. A table scan happens when there is no index available to help a query. In a table scan SQL Server examines every row in the table to satisfy the query results. Table scans are sometimes unavoidable, but on large tables, scans have a terrific impact on performance.
  Clustered indexes define the physical sorting of a database table’s rows in the storage media. For this reason, each database table may have only one clustered index.
  Non-clustered indexes are created outside of the database table and contain a sorted list of references to the table itself.

20. What is log shipping?

Log shipping is the process of automating the backup of database and transaction log files on a
  production SQL server, and then restoring them onto a standby server. Enterprise Editions only
  supports log shipping. In log shipping the transactional log file from one server is automatically updated into the backup database on the other server. If one server fails, the other server will have the same db can be used this as the Disaster Recovery plan. The key feature of log shipping is that is will automatically backup transaction logs throughout the day and automatically restore them on the standby server at defined interval.

21. What is normalization?

Database normalization is a data design and organization process applied to data structures based on rules that help build relational databases. In relational database design, the process of organizing data to minimize redundancy. Normalization usually involves dividing a database into two or more tables and defining relationships between the tables. The objective is to isolate data so that additions, deletions,and modifications of a field can be made in just one table and then propagated through the rest of the database via the defined relationships.

22. What is Raiseerror?

Stored procedures report errors to client applications via the RAISERROR command. RAISERROR
  doesn't change the flow of a procedure; it merely displays an error message, sets the @@ERROR
  automatic variable, and optionally writes the message to the SQL Server error log and the NT
  application event log.

23. What is RDBMS?

Relational Data Base Management Systems (RDBMS) are database management systems that maintain data records and indices in tables. Relationships may be created and maintained across and among the data and tables. In a relational database, relationships between data items are expressed by means of tables. Interdependencies among these tables are expressed by data values rather than by pointers.
  This allows a high degree of data independence. An RDBMS has the capability to recombine the data
  items from different files, providing powerful tools for data usage.

24. What is SQL Profiler?

SQL Profiler is a graphical tool that allows system administrators to monitor events in an instance of Microsoft SQL Server. You can capture and save data about each event to a file or SQL Server table to analyze later. For example, you can monitor a production environment to see which stored procedures are hampering performance by executing too slowly.
  Use SQL Profiler to monitor only the events in which you are interested. If traces are becoming too
  large, you can filter them based on the information you want, so that only a subset of the event data is collected. Monitoring too many events adds overhead to the server and the monitoring process and can cause the trace file or trace table to grow very large, especially when the monitoring process takes place over a long period of time.

25. What is SQL server agent?

SQL Server agent plays an important role in the day-to-day tasks of a database administrator (DBA). It is often overlooked as one of the main tools for SQL Server management. Its purpose is to ease the implementation of tasks for the DBA, with its full-function scheduling engine, which allows you to schedule your own jobs and scripts.

26. What is Stored Procedure?

A stored procedure is a named group of SQL statements that have been previously created and stored in the server database. Stored procedures accept input parameters so that a single procedure can be used over the network by several clients using different input data. And when the procedure is modified, all clients automatically get the new version. Stored procedures reduce network traffic and improve performance. Stored procedures can be used to help ensure the integrity of the database.
  e.g. sp_helpdb, sp_renamedb, sp_depends etc.

27. What is sub-query? Explain properties of sub-query.

Sub-queries are often referred to as sub-selects, as they allow a SELECT statement to be executed
  arbitrarily within the body of another SQL statement. A sub-query is executed by enclosing it in a set of parentheses. Sub-queries are generally used to return a single row as an atomic value, though they may be used to compare values against multiple rows with the IN keyword.
  A subquery is a SELECT statement that is nested within another T-SQL statement. A subquery SELECT statement if executed independently of the T-SQL statement, in which it is nested, will return a result set. Meaning a subquery SELECT statement can standalone and is not depended on the statement in which it is nested. A subquery SELECT statement can return any number of values, and can be found in, the column list of a SELECT statement, a FROM, GROUP BY, HAVING, and/or ORDER BY clauses of a T-SQL statement. A Subquery can also be used as a parameter to a function call. Basically a subquery can be used anywhere an expression can be used.

Properties of Sub-Query
  A subquery must be enclosed in the parenthesis.
  A subquery must be put in the right hand of the comparison operator, and
  A subquery cannot contain a ORDER-BY clause.
  A query can contain more than one sub-queries.

28. What is the basic functions for master, msdb, model, tempdb databases?

The Master database holds information for all databases located on the SQL Server instance and is the glue that holds the engine together. Because SQL Server cannot start without a functioning master database, you must administer this database with care.
  The msdb database stores information regarding database backups, SQL Agent information, DTS
  packages, SQL Server jobs, and some replication information such as for log shipping.
  The tempdb holds temporary objects such as global and local temporary tables and stored procedures. The model is essentially a template database used in the creation of any new user database created in the instance.

29. What is the difference between a HAVING CLAUSE and a WHERE CLAUSE?

Specifies a search condition for a group or an aggregate. HAVING can be used only with the SELECT
  statement. HAVING is typically used in a GROUP BY clause. When GROUP BY is not used, HAVING
  behaves like a WHERE clause. Having Clause is basically used only with the GROUP BY function in a
  query. WHERE Clause is applied to each row before they are part of the GROUP BY function in a query.

30. What is the difference between clustered and a non-clustered index?

A clustered index is a special type of index that reorders the way records in the table are physically
  stored. Therefore table can have only one clustered index. The leaf nodes of a clustered index contain the data pages.
  A nonclustered index is a special type of index in which the logical order of the index does not match the physical stored order of the rows on disk. The leaf node of a nonclustered index does not consist of the data pages. Instead, the leaf nodes contain index rows.

31. What is the STUFF function and how does it differ from the REPLACE function?

STUFF function to overwrite existing characters. Using this syntax, STUFF(string_expression, start,length, replacement_characters), string_expression is the string that will have characters substituted,start is the starting position, length is the number of characters in the string that are substituted, andreplacement_characters are the new characters interjected into the string.
  REPLACE function to replace existing characters of all occurance. Using this syntax
  REPLACE(string_expression, search_string, replacement_string), where every incidence of
  search_string found in the string_expression will be replaced with replacement_string.

32. What is Trigger?

A trigger is a SQL procedure that initiates an action when an event (INSERT, DELETE or UPDATE)
  occurs. Triggers are stored in and managed by the DBMS.Triggers are used to maintain the referential integrity of data by changing the data in a systematic fashion. A trigger cannot be called or executed; the DBMS automatically fires the trigger as a result of a data modification to the associated table.
  Triggers can be viewed as similar to stored procedures in that both consist of procedural logic that is stored at the database level. Stored procedures, however, are not event-drive and are not attached to a specific table as triggers are. Stored procedures are explicitly executed by invoking a CALL to the procedure while triggers are implicitly executed. In addition, triggers can also execute stored procedures.

33. What is View?

A simple view can be thought of as a subset of a table. It can be used for retrieving data, as well as
  updating or deleting rows. Rows updated or deleted in the view are updated or deleted in the table the view was created with. It should also be noted that as data in the original table changes, so does data in the view, as views are the way to look at part of the original table. The results of using a view are not permanently stored in the database. The data accessed through a view is actually constructed using standard T-SQL select command and can come from one to many different base tables or even other views.

34. What kind of User-Defined Functions can be created?

There are three types of User-Defined functions in SQL Server 2000 and they are Scalar, Inline Table-
  Valued and Multi-statement Table-valued.
   Scalar User-Defined Function  A Scalar user-defined function returns one of the scalar data types. Text, ntext, image and timestamp data types are not supported. These are the type of user-defined functions that most developers are used to in other programming languages. You pass in 0 to many parameters and you get a return value.

 Inline Table-Value User-Defined Function  An Inline Table-Value user-defined function returns a table data type and is an exceptional alternative to a view as the user-defined function can pass parameters into a T-SQL select command and in essence provide us with a parameterized, non-updateable view of the underlying tables.
   Multi-statement Table-Value User-Defined Function  A Multi-Statement Table-Value user-defined function returns a table and is also an exceptional
  alternative to a view as the function can support multiple T-SQL statements to build the final result
  where the view is limited to a single SELECT statement. Also, the ability to pass parameters into a TSQL select command or a group of them gives us the capability to in essence create a parameterized, non-updateable view of the data in the underlying tables. Within the create function command you must define the table structure that is being returned. After creating this type of user-defined function, It can be used in the FROM clause of a T-SQL command unlike the behavior found when using a stored procedure which can also return record sets.

35. What types of Joins are possible with Sql Server?

Joins are used in queries to explain how different tables are related. Joins also let you select data from a table depending upon data from another table.
  Types of joins: INNER JOINs, OUTER JOINs, CROSS JOINs. OUTER JOINs are further classified as LEFT OUTER JOINS, RIGHT OUTER JOINS and FULL OUTER JOINS.

36. When is the use of UPDATE_STATISTICS command?

This command is basically used when a large processing of data has occurred. If a large amount of
  deletions any modification or Bulk Copy into the tables has occurred, it has to update the indexes to
  take these changes into account. UPDATE_STATISTICS updates the indexes on these tables
  accordingly.

37. Which TCP/IP port does SQL Server run on? How can it be changed?

SQL Server runs on port 1433. It can be changed from the Network Utility TCP/IP properties –> Port number.both on client and the server.