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  1. Use gMSA accounts for everything

    Currently gMSA accounts can be used as Windows Service accounts for SQL Server. gMSA you never have to provide the password just the account name for approved devices. It would be nice if you could also use gMSA accounts for SQL Server Credentials for SSIS Jobs. For SSRS Data Connectors to a database. Essentially it would make things more secure than using a traditional "Service Account" that we put into a data source or credential and never update the password. The password is saved in some document somewhere. Same accounts being used for multiple purposes. By using a gMSA account…

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  2. SSIS package fails to start - application lock timeout in SSISDB.catalog.create_execution

    Details are described here:
    https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/783291/ssis-package-fails-to-start-application-lock-timeout-in-ssisdb-catalog-create-execution

    In short: when a scheduled job tries to execute an SSIS package , there's a time-out in the communication between the job and the SSISDB database. The package is never executed. The original bug reports was closed as duplicate (no duplicate to be found though).

    I encountered this bug in SQL Server 2017, patched to the latest CU.

    Error message: Failed to execute IS server package because of error 0x80131904. Description: The operation failed because the execution timed out. Source: .Net SqlClient Data

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  3. Indicate "morally equivalent" forced plan where use_plan = true but is_forced = 0

    Currently, if you force a plan in query store (or if it is forced by automatic plan correction), the exact plan which is forced has isforced = 1 in sys.querystoreplan. In the plan properties, there is no useplan indication.

    After this plan is forced, often a "morally equivalent" plan will be compiled, which has a different queryplanid and different costs, but the same plan shape.

    This "morally equivalent plan" has isforced = 0 in sys.querystoreplan. In the execution plan properties, useplan = true.

    These "morally equivalent plans" are currently difficult…

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  4. Add setting so LEN counts trailing whitespace

    Maybe there is a historic reason why LEN('a') and LEN('a ') return the same number.

    But that's stupid.

    The internet is awash with people like me who were stunned to discover this counter intuitive quirk (Google it).

    None of the solutions to this problem are particularly elegant or efficient:
    https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2025585/len-function-not-including-trailing-spaces-in-sql-server/2025587

    I'm assuming since this has been baked in for ages, we can't change default behavior.

    So how about:
    - Add a parameter to the LEN function to count white space
    - Add an SQL Option that more generally keeps SQL Server's hands off my white space - everywhere

    35 votes
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  5. Add PowerQuery Source connector to SSIS

    PowerQuery is a very powerful when extracting data in tabular format from web sources such as RSS feeds, APIs, scraping web pages etc.

    SSIS currently doesn't have anything approaching the simplicity and speed of development for extracting web data that PowerQuery exhibits.

    For example, recently I redeveloped a solution that sourced timesheet data from a cloud based application (workflowmax) in PowerQuery. The PowerQuery "ETL" took about 20 minutes to complete. The previous solution used SSIS packages that had days of work put into them, and the reliability and simplicity did not come close to that provided by using PowerQuery.

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    Upvotes: 18

    <=-=Jan 12 2015 10:03PM=-=>

    Thank you for submitting this feedback. After carefully evaluating the bug, we accept the bug as a valid bug that we will plan to fix it. We do not have a specific release date at this point but we will work on this feature, and will try to release it in the next version of SQL Server.

    Thanks again for reporting the product issue and continued support in improving our product.

    thanks
    SSIS team

  6. SSIS/SSAS/SSRS Linux - SQL server runs on Linux, we wish the other services to follow...

    MS said it's on the road-map, yet I read in other MS resource that if customers will vote for it, higher chances it will be done. so... SS*S to run on Linux is our desire. lower the costs, enables us to consider Linux/Docker/K8 containers approach rather than the existing expensive setup...

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  7. SSMS screen is not correctly redrawn when switching tabs

    Sometimes when switching between tabs in SSMS the screen is not correctly refreshed (redrawn).
    The result is a corrupt screen partly showing the previous tab contents and partly showing the newly active tab contents.
    In particular this happens when using "Database Diagrams" tabs.

    This has been a permanent bug through a number of the latest SSMS releases including this release:
    Release 16.5.1
    File version: 13.0.16100.1

    33 votes
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    <=-=Dec 12 2016 1:42AM=-=>

    This has been reported more times than you have used SSMS. MS are too incompetent and lazy to fix it.

    <=-=Dec 12 2016 1:46AM=-=>

    Here is the link to another which also has a link to another report

    https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/Feedback/Details/3109897

    please click on the I CAN TOO in the repros section

    <=-=Dec 21 2016 7:39AM=-=>

    I can replicate this on multiple different computers, each with freshly installed Windows (either 8.1 or 10) and latest of all drivers. It happens both with Intel integrated graphics (for me is HD 4600) and NVidia cards. It’s clearly a bug in how you’re using the Visual Studio shell.

    This is absolutely HORRIBLE!! When closing a tab, then attempting to execute the query in a tab that was already open and is now focused (because you just closed one), you see the wrong text in the tab, and…

  8. Support "natural sorting" / DIGITSASNUMBERS as a Collation option

    Quite often** people want to sort a string containing either only numbers, or a mix of letters and numbers in a pattern, such that the numeric portion of that string is sorted as an actual number. For example, "Class40g" would come before "Class300c", not after. This behavior has already been integrated into File Explorer, starting in Windows 7.

    Currently when people need to do this type of sorting, they need to create silly and inefficient methods of parsing the string into separate alpha and numeric chunks.

    ** often = numerous questions regarding how to accomplish this type of sorting on…

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    Upvotes: 11

    <=-=Jul 15 2016 6:51AM=-=>

    I offer as evidence for the desire for this to happen, the 1k+ views of my stackoverflow question from 2011. A little under a person a day.

    http://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/3828/is-there-a-collation-to-sort-the-following-strings-in-the-following-order-1-2-3?noredirect=1#comment273118_3828

    <=-=Jul 15 2016 8:40AM=-=>

    Adding to the link that Justin posted to his Stack Overflow question:

    http://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/117379/sort-a-varchar-type-column
    http://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/126744/order-by-and-comparison-of-mixed-strings-of-letters-and-numbers

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/34509/natural-human-alpha-numeric-sort-in-microsoft-sql-2005
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3158917/natural-sort-for-sql-server
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/22461619/complex-sort-of-field-string-number-string
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/24989365/sorting-a-string-numerically-in-sql-server
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26552435/sorting-mixed-numbers-and-letters
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26932310/sql-server-string-convert-numeric-and-sorting-issue
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/28278467/sort-dropdown-list-in-alpha-numeric-order
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/28372359/natural-sort-for-sql-server
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/29676432/alphanumeric-sort
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/30502118/sort-float-numbers-as-a-natural-numbers-in-sql-server
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/35001818/alphanumeric-and-numeric-sorting-in-sql-server
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/37728476/sql-sorting-numeric-and-string

    http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/51602/How-to-Sort-Alphanumeric-Data-in-SQL

    <=-=Mar 3 2017 1:02PM=-=>

    We understand the scenario and if it gets more votes we will consider it for the next releases. It is assigned to our collation & string processing team.

  9. SQL 2017 CU7 - using In-Memory OLTP table variable inside MSTF causes error

    The code from attached file causes error as:
    Msg 3628, Level 16, State 1, Line 39
    The Database Engine received a floating point exception from the operating system while processing a user request. Try the transaction again. If the problem persists, contact your system administrator.

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  10. Reporting Services 2017 installation - domain controller.

    Please give back the ability to install Reporting Services 2017 on a domain controller.
    Every installation of SSRS from 2008 to 2016 works without any problem.
    Reporting Services as part of Sql Server are crucial for many SMBs that don't have the infrastructure to install separate machines for domain controller and sql server.
    I understand recommending, but not prohibiting.
    Kind regards

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  11. [Graph Database] Implementation of Transitive Closure and Transitive Reduction

    It'd be great to have the transitive closure and reduction implemented in SQL Server Graph Database. A lot of scenarios will benefit from them.

    Here a description of the two problems:
    https://goo.gl/j9U5nb

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  12. Identical symmetric keys do not work between SQL Server 2017 and other SQL Server version

    hi everybody!

    I believe, there is a general product issue in SQL Server 2017. The problem concerns encrypting & decrypting data using the same symmetric key on different servers.
    I have an issue in SQL Server 2017 CU3 (version 14.0.3015.40). I need to create identical symmetric keys on two servers of different versions, as it is described in MS article:

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/relational-databases/security/encryption/create-identical-symmetric-keys-on-two-servers

    These steps work well within and between different versions of SQL Servers (2012, 2014, 2016), but not between SQL Server 2017 and any other server.
    I can create identical symmetric keys on SQL Server 2012, 2014 and 2016. So…

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  13. SSRS Emailing Reports Should allow password & encryption for GDPR compliance & Extra Security

    When configuring SSRS to email a report on a schedule, it does not allow the files to be encrypted or to be password protected. For GDPR compliance this should be added to protect data that is sent by email or other delivery mechanisms.

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  14. SSIS 2016 packages abort with �Unexpected Termination� message

    We have a straight forward implementation in deploying the SSIS 2016 packages (migrated from SSIS 2008 R2) onto the SSISDB and then calling these packages through a SQL Agent job.
    The job calls the parent wrapper package and this in turn will call the necessary child packages based of the files that has to be loaded.

    However, when we execute the same package multiple times, the execution of the child package fails with the status �Unexpected Termination�.
    We do not find any error messages within the Execution reports of the SSIS package. This issue will be resolved once we redeploy…

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  15. SQL Server 2017 Installer should recognize Java JDK 9

    SQL Server 2017 Installer should recognize Java 9

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  16. Ability to run specific SQL Agent job steps

    Occasionally a user may need to run only specific steps of an agent job, or need the job stop after a certain step.

    While SQL Server Agent currently provides the ability to "Start job at step", this is all the flexibility the user has at runtime. Anything beyond that requires the job to be edited.

    It would be useful for those with permission only to run (not edit) jobs to have greater flexibility at runtime. E.g. a screen which allows the user to choose which steps to run or skip for that particular execution.

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  17. Multi-threaded rebuilds of Clustered Columnstore Indexes break the sequence of pre-sorted segment ordering (Order Clustering)

    In order to get a better performance as well as compression results, we can sort the data in a RowStore engine before creating Columnstore Index to get a better Segment Elimination.

    What happens is that if we build a Clustered Columnstore directly after sorted RowStore with (DROP_EXISTING=ON) to get a perfect Order Clustering, we have the order maintained just partially.

    To test it, download ContosoRetailDW (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=18279),
    and run the following script:

    ALTER TABLE dbo.[FactOnlineSales] DROP CONSTRAINT [FKFactOnlineSalesDimCurrency];
    ALTER TABLE dbo.[FactOnlineSales] DROP CONSTRAINT [FKFactOnlineSalesDimCustomer];
    ALTER TABLE dbo.[FactOnlineSales] DROP CONSTRAINT [FKFactOnlineSalesDimDate];
    ALTER TABLE dbo.[FactOnlineSales]…

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    <=-=Jul 3 2014 10:03AM=-=>

    This would definitely be a good build. I walked through an initial investigation of clustered columnstore on one of our data sets, and the number of reads was reduced by about 80% for some queries in the workload once I started paying careful attention to segments and loading data in a single-threaded manner to optimize segment elimination. However, this results in slower loading of data, and it would be great to be able to create columnstore indexes in order for segment elimination.

    Having an optional ORDER BY clause for the columnstore initial creation, removing the need to first create a clustered index in order to control order and allowing parallelism without breaking order, would be particularly powerful.

    <=-=Jul 3 2014 10:30AM=-=>

    Neugebauer: thanks. you identified the issue correctly. This is something we are actively looking. One question
    (1) once the index is build, the…

  18. Add Central Management Server support to Azure SQL Database

    Registering a new Central Management Server currently requires msdb and as such, we cannot register a Central Management Server in an Azure SQL Database. It would be great to have this feature to help support managing on-premise database instances as well as Azure SQL Servers.

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  19. SSDT 17.x - Unable to preview SSIS OLE DB Data Source when using Oracle Connector

    I have an SSIS packages that queries an Oracle data source. When trying to preview the query in the data source configuration window, it errors out.

    Technical Details:
    Visual Studio 2015, Update 3, Version 14.0.25431.01
    SSDT 17.4 (Build 14.0.61712.050)
    Oracle Client 12.1.0
    OLE DB Connector: Oracle Provider for OLE DB

    Error Details:

    There was an error displaying the preview. (Microsoft Visual Studio)

    ===================================

    The system cannot find message text for message number 0x80040e51 in the message file for OraOLEDB. (OraOLEDB)


    Program Location:

    at Microsoft.DataTransformationServices.Design.UnsafeNativeMethods.ICommandWithParameters.GetParameterInfo(IntPtr& pcParams, IntPtr& prgParamInfo, IntPtr& ppNamesBuffer)
    at Microsoft.DataTransformationServices.Design.DesignUtils.GetQueryParameters(ConnectionManager connectionManager, String sqlStatement)
    at Microsoft.DataTransformationServices.Design.PipelineUtils.ShowDataPreview(String sqlStatement, QueryParameter[] parameters, ConnectionManager…

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  20. Fix the Problem of Converting Hijri Dates to Gregorian Dates

    Currently Microsoft tsql function called Convert() is not able to convert the Hijri date 'yyyy-02-30' to its corresponding Gregorian Date, here are the details of this issue

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/b86b0cf6-280d-436e-ba92-ff168794c420/error-in-converting-hijri-date-to-gregorian-date?forum=sqlnetfx&prof=required

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