SqlTypeException: SqlDateTime overflow

Problem I am executing a SQL query and trying to set a datetime column to DateTime.MinValue. I’m getting the following exception: System.Data.SqlTypes.SqlTypeException: ‘SqlDateTime overflow. Must be between 1/1/1753 12:00:00 AM and 12/31/9999 11:59:59 PM.’ The problem is that DateTime.MinValue is 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM and the SQL Server DateTime minimum value is 1/1/1753 12:00 AM. Solution … Read more

Using ORDER BY with CASE – Conversion failed when converting date and/or time from character string

Problem When I execute a SQL query I’m getting the following error: Conversion failed when converting date and/or time from character string. The query is using ORDER BY with CASE with a passed in parameter called @OrderBy. Solution Use a separate CASE statement for each possible value (instead of one CASE with multiple WHENs).

‘CREATE/ALTER PROCEDURE’ must be the first statement in a query batch

Problem You have a SQL query like this: While executing this you get the following error: ‘CREATE/ALTER PROCEDURE’ must be the first statement in a query batch Solution The error message says it all: the CREATE PROCEDURE statement cannot be executed after other queries in the same batch of queries. The solution is to execute … Read more

Event-driven .NET: How to use query notifications in SQL Server to monitor database changes

How do you check for new records in a database and react to the new data? You really only have two options: Poll for changes every X seconds Use query notifications to be notified when new data is inserted In this article I’ll show you how to configure query notifications so that your application receives … Read more

The specified sa password does not meet strong password requirements

Problem When entering the sa password while installing SQL Server you get the following error: “The specified sa password does not meet strong password requirements.“ Solution If the computer is on a domain Go to Administrative Tools / Domain Security Policy :: Security Settings | Account Policies | Password Policy Set “Minimum password length” = Not … Read more