Here we are, 7 years working with SQL Server and Microsoft BI tools. Sure in the grand scheme of things that’s not a long time but when you consider that all of those years have been in consulting it’s more experience than many people will get in an entire career. Read more
“How do I know my data is secure?”
“A lot of companies have been hacked lately, why would I want to move to the cloud?”
“We have sensitive data that can’t be moved to the cloud.”
If you are a decision maker in a company you have probably raised questions… Read more
Having a cloud you can trust is important. Microsoft takes security and compliance extremely seriously in both the commercial and government clouds. An August 2016 article on the Azure blog, Not All Clouds Are Created Equal, addressed this topic in detail discussing the impact of a CJIS compliant cloud… Read more
I recently presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works where I discussed new security features in SQL Server 2016. You can click here to watch the recording of the webinar if you missed it. In this follow up I wanted to post the scripts I used and answer a few… Read more
Earlier this week I presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works where I discussed how to migrate virtual machines to Azure. You can click here to watch the recording of the webinar if you missed it. In this follow up I wanted to post the scripts I used, walk through… Read more
Note this fix only works on Windows Server 2012/Windows 8 or later. A different method is required on Windows Server 2008R2 or earlier which involves the use of the NETDOM command.
For several years now I have been using Hyper-V for building out a virtual development environment on my laptop.… Read more
If you happen to be in the central Florida or Daytona area head over to Melbourne on September 10th to see me!
I’ll be speaking at the newly merged Space Coast SQL/.Net User Group on Power Query. This topic is easy for anyone in SQL, business intelligence, .Net or even… Read more
Moving data from columns to rows can be a tricky task and accomplished in a variety of ways. That may be through a series of unions in T-SQL, but that’s just ugly and means lots of passes at the data potentially. You could use a T-SQL unpivot, which isn’t bad… Read more
I recently did a presentation and discussed some techniques for monitoring the performance of your business intelligence stack. I will be doing 3 additional posts that go into a little more detail and contain screenshots of how to monitor each BI tool with some step by step instructions. Be on… Read more
I recently celebrated my 5 year anniversary at Pragmatic Works. Boy, how time flies by. It feels like just the other day that I was a store manager for Blockbuster while going to school and living in a small apartment with a buddy who had just moved back from Orlando.… Read more
Updated 10-16-2014 at 11:20 AM Eastern
Yesterday I presented about Change Data Capture for the Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s. I covered the basics of what Change Data Capture (CDC) is and showed how to use it. We had a good turn out, so thank you to everyone… Read more
Yesterday I presented about Change Data Capture for the Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s. I covered the basics of what Change Data Capture (CDC) is and showed how to use it. We had a good turn out, so thank you to everyone that attended. If you were unable… Read more
Have you ever wanted to find out if someone is logged into a computer or maybe who is logged into a computer without having to remote in to check? Recently I was working on a project doing some SharePoint work using 3 accounts: Admin/Install, Farm and Service. The work I… Read more
SharePoint uses a series of SQL Server databases to save configuration information, security setups and all the user data that has been created. The Central Administration site is no different and has its own content database that is created when running the SharePoint configuration wizard. Unfortunately, unlike when creating service… Read more
One thing that on occasion bugs me about PDW or APS or whatever it happens to be called this week is the lack of a UI to do things. I’m not one of those people who has to have a UI to perform operations. I have no problem creating databases,… Read more
I recently presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s about Getting Started With Analysis Services. We covered some of the differences between the two project types at a high level then built one of each to give everyone an idea of how difficult and how… Read more
I often do my SharePoint setups on virtual machines since I need to build them up and tear them down frequently. Hyper-V is a beauty when it comes to demo environments. A few weeks ago I was doing an install and got an error that was absolutely no help.
[error]Microsoft… Read more
I recently presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s about new Business Intelligence features in SharePoint 2013. If you attended I want to say thank you. It’s always a fun time presenting and the audience is always a lot of fun to interact with before… Read more
If you read my 2013 Year In Review you may be here today wondering why I haven’t posted anything despite my stated desire to blog more over the next year. Well, it’s not because I’m waiting until after the new year or anything like that….well, not that may sound a… Read more
It’s time for another free webinar!!
Whether you like it or not SharePoint is here to stay! With every release of SQL Server or SharePoint (which follow different release cycles) the feature set for Business Intelligence professionals gets more fragmented and more complicated. If I want to get Feature A… Read more