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Modeling the Agile Data Warehouse with Data Vault – Review

A few months ago I followed an introductory course about the data vault modeling technique for data warehouses at a local training provider. As part of the training, I received the book Modeling the Agile Data Warehouse with Data Vault written by Hans Hultgren who also is an instructor… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 17 July 2014

How to Check SQL Server Installation Date Time ?

You need to run the following query and it will give you the date of your SQL Server Installation.

SELECT @@SERVERNAME SERVERNAME, CREATE_DATE ‘INSTALALTIONDATE’

FROM SYS.SERVER_PRINCIPALS

WHERE SID = 0X010100000000000512000000

SID 0X010100000000000512000000 is belongs to user "NT AUTHORITYSYSTEM". This user create at the time of installation only.

If you liked… Read more

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Posted in MSSQLFUN on 17 July 2014

5 Tips for Finding SQL Server System Data

Regardless of the type of development (application or reporting) that you are performing on SQL Server.  There are 5 items within SQL Server that I consistently use to help me design and troubleshoot solutions.

SP_Who

SP_Who is a system stored procedure that returns information on what is currently running on… Read more

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Posted in Business Intelligence and Enterprise Architecture on 17 July 2014

Goodbye Microsoft, Hello New Adventure

About two months ago, after 2.5 years, I left Microsoft.

Microsoft is an amazing place to work for. It’s conformable, balanced, challenging and educating. I feel like the factors of my maturity and interests, the challenges I had to face and the people I worked with, combined perfectly to make… Read more

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Posted in DB NewsFeed on 17 July 2014

T-SQL Window Functions – Part 4: Analytic Functions

This is a reprint with some revisions of a series I originally published on LessThanDot. You can find the links to the original blogs on my Series page.

In the final installment of my series on SQL window functions, we will explore using analytic functions. Analytic functions were introduced… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 17 July 2014

Remembering Reed Jacobson

I just received some bad news and found out that a friend passed away today.  Reed Jacobson was one of the early leaders in the Microsoft Business Intelligence community.  Somewhere around 2004-2008 I worked with Reed at Hitachi Consulting in Seattle where we travelled, taught classes and worked on client…

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10 comments, 105 reads

Posted in SQL Server BI Blog on 16 July 2014

IT books that should be on your shelf

I have a lot of books on my shelves dealing with business intelligence, data warehousing, master data management, and consulting.  Below are my favorites:

Data Warehouse Books:

Ralph Kimball Books

Building the Data Warehouse

Corporate Information Factory

DW 2.0

Mastering Data Warehouse Design

Data Warehouse from Architecture to Implementation

Microsoft… Read more

1 comments, 186 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 16 July 2014

SQL Speakers–Will You Accept The Chapter Challenge?

Most SQLSaturday’s do ok when it comes to finding speakers, the results of an incredible speaker mailing list and a lot of reasons for speakers to participate – I’d say a combination of a chance to learn in addition to presenting, the chance to spend time with other speakers,… Read more

6 comments, 126 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2014

Presentation to the Baltimore SQL Group on July 15, 2014

I did an online presentation about PCI and Credit Card Security for BSSUG last night and it went pretty well, with one minor pain point – at very points in the presentation I was hearing myself on about a 1 second (or it seemed) delay. I was using my phone… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2014

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 23

Here’s the latest update on our registrations. We’re still ahead of all our previous events, that’s good, and we’re 2 weeks (or less) from announcing our schedule and I expect that to mark the beginning of the standard spike upward. Looking at this I realize that I don’t know what… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2014

Yes, Virginia, you can have too much white space.

When I was in college and taking programming classes (back in the days when “a T-Rex ate my 5.25 inch floppy” was a reasonable excuse) we were taught that since the compiler didn’t really see white space we should use it to format our code. And that is absolutely correct.… Read more

2 comments, 123 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 16 July 2014

Understanding Analysis Services Relationships using Dimension Usage

As a part of designing an Analysis Services cube you must define how each dimension is related to each measure group in your cube through the Dimension Usage tab.  The Dimension Usage tab is found when editing the cube in the cube designer.  The screenshot below shows dimensions on rows… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 15 July 2014

PASS SQL Saturday Events: August 2014

PASS SQL Saturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Please note that in order to attend one of these event, you must register. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event. Most… Read more

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Posted in Marc Beacom on 15 July 2014

Execution Plan Details

I wouldn’t say it’s common knowledge that you should look at execution plans when tuning queries, but it’s not exactly uncommon knowledge either. But, people tend to get focused on just looking at the graphical part of the plan and there’s just not enough information there. Let’s take a look… Read more

1 comments, 7,481 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 15 July 2014

Building the SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 22

  • Had our second planning meeting, still trying to complete the email template and realized we had not clearly defined two tasks for this week; finish the template and send out the first promo for the seminars. Easy to get it jumbled on a call, should have caught it in the…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 July 2014

Merge csv files – quick PowerShell snippet

During a bit of work I’ve been doing this evening for SQLRelay 2014 I used something I have in my arsenal of PowerShell scripts which I thought I’d share because I love it’s simplicity :) It’s nothing big and fancy but something that is extremely useful. Tasked with merging a… Read more

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Posted in Chris's SQL Blog on 14 July 2014

Murder In Denver

I am about to set sail on a new venture with my next official whistle stop.  This year has been plenty full of whistle stops and I plan on continuing.  You can read (in full) about previous whistle stops and why they are called whistle stops here.

Suffice it… Read more

0 comments, 86 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 14 July 2014

SSC Editorial: Infect Your Colleagues with the Learning Bug

If you work with colleagues that aren’t as interested in growing and learning as you are, I hope you’ll read Infect Your Colleagues with the Learning Bug. It’s both a how-to and a caution against pushing too hard. It’s an interesting topic, I’ll be curious to see the tone… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 July 2014

The SQL Sac wrap!!

Every SQL Saturday leaves a mark of some sort.  This time around, the folks in Sacramento have really helped leave a BIG mark.
That’s right, this last weekend was SQL Saturday in Sacramento Ca.  You might have seen my announcement about it here.

This event had a lot of… Read more

2 comments, 78 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 14 July 2014

Whitelist a Set of IP Addresses in SQL Server

Blacklist vs Whitelist

Are you on the Whitelist?

I think just about everyone is familiar to some degree with the concepts of a blacklist and whitelist.

If not, the easiest way I can summarize them is as follows:

A blacklist is a list of what can not access something you… Read more

1 comments, 109 reads

Posted in WaterOx SQL on 14 July 2014

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