Code Pages versus Locales/Locale Names

The question recently came up on why someone’s index range on a text column wasn’t working properly. It turns out they forgot to set the Code Page on the column, but they were still storing Unicode data in the column. So the question came up about just what the heck is a Code Page. I…


Using `esentutl.exe /vss` to examine an in-use database

This feature has been present in Exchange with eseutil.exe, but now it will be part of Windows 10 esentutl.exe. Normally, when we try to access ESE database files, we get ACCESS_DENIED, because the ESE engine opens files exclusively. VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Services) allows us to grab a Snapshot of the volume, and access the…