Deadlocked transactions and Junctions

Wow lots has happened in the last 4 hours. Where do i start?

  • In order to diagnose a locking/blocking issue on SQL server, start with an sp_who2 to give you the list of active PIDS, and the PIDS blocking requests. Then execute DBCC INPUTBUFFER(<BLOCKING PID>) to find the offending SQL
  • In order to free space on a critical HDD, you can move the data over to a new location on the same machine and create a junction (a symoblic link for the *nix folk). New feature of NTFS 3.0 and IMO not used anywhere near as heavily as it should. Most underrated feature in Windows.
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