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
Come get your learn on with Pragmatic Works and myself! In January I’ll be dropping some knowledge about change data capture and how to consume it with SSIS. CDC is one of the features I wish more of my clients were leveraging. It makes doing incremental loads dramatically more simplified.… Read more
Ok, so it’s not quite the end of the year yet. I figured I would get a head start on things. Who says that this type of post has to come on January 1st though? Well here goes. Let’s talk a little bit about what has happened in the last… Read more
A couple of weeks ago I did two webinars for the Pragmatic Works Free Training on The T’s. The first was a session on how to load a data warehouse with SSIS. The followup session was about getting started with SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). You can find the link… Read more
I’m not going to sugar coat it. I’ve been a bit of a slacker lately. Unfortunately I didn’t get the Q&A for my two webinars up the week I did the presentations. So here is part 1 and the SSAS post will be separate. To start with, thank you for… Read more
There could be a number of reasons why you would want to change the default view on a SharePoint library. Perhaps you created a new view and want to make it the default. Maybe you created a PowerPivot library and don’t have Silverlight installed. The list could go on. Luckily… Read more
Thank you to everyone who attended my webinar on SSIS Tips and Tricks on October 3, 2013. The link to the recording can be found here. You can also check out all the Pragmatic Works Free Training videos here.
I had several people ask about PASS Summit. So… Read more
Being able to manage the content types in your SharePoint libraries is key to creating a useful portal. Among the necessary content types are those associated with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). If you create a new document library and want to add the ability to create data sources, reports… Read more
On Thursday of this week I will be presenting a webinar for Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s. I hear Rachel is planning on doing leprechaun facts before I present and you won’t want to miss those. My topic this week is going to be SSIS Tips and Tricks.… Read more
Quickly setting up a domain controller is a vital step in creating a good demo environment. This post will walk you through a quick and easy set of scripts to get started.
Step 1: Download and Install Windows Server 2012
If you don’t already have a blank image with Windows… Read more
There are a number of data types that are currently unsupported on PDW. Among those are SQL_VARIANT. The interesting part of that is that SQL_VARIANT along with several other unsupported data types are found all over the place in system tables in PDW. There is a simple solution, convert the… Read more
Thank you to everyone who attended my free webinar on August 29, 2013 where I talked about using the Data Mining Add-in for Excel. If you were unable to attend you can find the recording here. You can also check out all the Pragmatic Works Free Training videos here Read more
SharePoint SSRS “The permissions granted to user ‘Domain\User’ are insufficient for performing this operation”
Not too long ago I ran into a crazy situation where just about everything that could have gone wrong with my SharePoint environment after a restore did go wrong. I was planning on blogging a bunch of it and thanks to time constraints I had to just get it backup… Read more
CTP 1 of SQL Server 2014 was released this evening. If you have an MSDN or TechNet account you can go grab it now! If you are curious about some of the features here is the Microsoft page and there are plenty of blogs out there as well: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/sql-server-2014.aspx
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Power View was a new reporting option added in the SQL Server 2012 release as part of the SharePoint integrated mode of Reporting Services. From the beginning it was limited to only reporting off tabular models (and therefore PowerPivot models as well). Power View later made its way into… Read more
There may come a day when you want to embed a Power View report into a PerformancePoint dashboard or a Web Part page in SharePoint. The first thing you will notice when entering the URL is the ribbon shows up in the web page viewer. The ribbon will be displayed… Read more
Recently while doing an installation of SharePoint 2010 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 server with a SQL Server 2012 back end I ran into a small roadblock. The following error popped up as I was running the product configuration wizard.
Development and demo environments can be hard to come by. Over the course of this series you will learn how to setup all the necessary components to create your own SharePoint 2013 demo environment. We will start with a blank Windows Server 2012 VM and conclude with a fully functional… Read more
Have you ever wanted to browse your SharePoint 2010 site in Windows Explorer? If you are in SharePoint 2007 please upgrade to something a little more modern. In all seriousness, in SharePoint 2007 you could click on the Actions menu and then select Open With Windows Explorer. Simple. Easy. Read more