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Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:34 AM
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Thanks, Ron. I happen to have th SQL Server Management Studio R2 2008 installed which I obtained via the MS Alliance with Universities, as I'm in school. I'm wondering how different 2008 is from 2012 and if it'll be adequate for practice/study purposes.
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Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:09 AM
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I don't know how different the two versions are. As for certifications, they help to break in inasmuch as they show you're willing to put in the time. That would distinguish you from most candidates that I see.


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If the back-end you're working on is SQL 2008 R2, then that version of Management Studio is just fine. It will also work on the SQL 2012 back-end for functionality that was included in SQL2008 R2.

The 2012 version of Management studio allows you to have different script tabs in separate windows, which can be useful if you have two monitors on your computer. I tend to click between tabs a lot when using the 2008 version. Just be careful which window is active when you click Execute.

If your goal is to pass Certification exams, I would recommend obtaining SQL Server 2014 and Management Tools however you are legally able to do that. As time goes on I would expect Microsoft to add 2014-specific questions to the exams.
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Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2014 2:41 PM
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Thanks, Ron and Dan for your valuable feedback.
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Posted Monday, July 28, 2014 9:29 AM
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Odd that this hasn't been said yet?

Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse includes Hadoop to help with management of unrelated data.

The Microsoft Analytics Platform System is your turnkey big data analytics appliance combining a high performance MPP SQL Server data warehouse with Hadoop into a single solution that offers seamless integration for of all of your data.

Apache Hadoop to Windows - http://hortonworks.com/partner/microsoft/

That being said, I don't know how common it's being used, but it is apart of their Microsoft Data Warehouse Appliance. It's also free to download last I checked directly from Hortonworks.

For me, Kimball's book has been great and I would highly recommend it.
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Odd that this hasn't been said yet?

Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse includes Hadoop to help with management of unrelated data.

The Microsoft Analytics Platform System is your turnkey big data analytics appliance combining a high performance MPP SQL Server data warehouse with Hadoop into a single solution that offers seamless integration for of all of your data.

Apache Hadoop to Windows - http://hortonworks.com/partner/microsoft/

That being said, I don't know how common it's being used, but it is apart of their Microsoft Data Warehouse Appliance. It's also free to download last I checked directly from Hortonworks.

For me, Kimball's book has been great and I would highly recommend it.


Although the Hadoop distribution is free (and you can spin it up on Azure if you like), Parallel Data Warehouse (or APS) certainly isn't. Unless you consider one million dollor free of course




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For me, Kimball's book has been great and I would highly recommend it.


Kimball is great, but Star Schema The Complete Reference is even better.




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Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:23 PM
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Odd that this hasn't been said yet?

Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse includes Hadoop to help with management of unrelated data.

The Microsoft Analytics Platform System is your turnkey big data analytics appliance combining a high performance MPP SQL Server data warehouse with Hadoop into a single solution that offers seamless integration for of all of your data.

Apache Hadoop to Windows - http://hortonworks.com/partner/microsoft/

That being said, I don't know how common it's being used, but it is apart of their Microsoft Data Warehouse Appliance. It's also free to download last I checked directly from Hortonworks.

For me, Kimball's book has been great and I would highly recommend it.


Although the Hadoop distribution is free (and you can spin it up on Azure if you like), Parallel Data Warehouse (or APS) certainly isn't. Unless you consider one million dollor free of course


I think it's 1.3M or 1.5M to be exact. :D

But, Hadoop and other NoSQL solutions are becoming a part of data warehousing it seems. Microsoft is including it in their solutions as well providing it to build your own if you're not going to flip that big bill. I would think it's worth mentioning.
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Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:21 PM
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Thanks everyone, for all of your feedback.
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