Recently while changing some production security around on a new server I needed to modify the SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) administrator group at the server level. This is a pretty easy process; log in, add or remove admins as necessary in the security section. However, by default any user… Read more
The SQL Server PDW (Parallel Data Warehouse) is a beast of a machine. Spreading workload across multiple nodes inside the PDW provides a huge performance gain over a traditional SQL Server; however, when laying out tables it is a little different. There are two options for creating tables on the… Read more
NOTE: Always create a backup before doing any type of Windows registry modifications!!!!
With the full public release of Windows 8 right around the corner it is inevitable that people will want to get in there and check it out. If you are working someplace that uses the Cisco VPN… Read more
I recently decided to move over to Windows 8 so I can take advantage of Hyper-V and get off a third party tool for virtualization. In the process I decided to rebuild my VM set up and modify the layout a little. Previously I had made each VM a domain… Read more
I was recently making some changes to my laptop setup and installing SQL Server 2008R2 and SQL Server 2012 directly on the computer rather than on my VM. In the case of my setup I had already installed the client tools for 2008R2 and 2012 on my laptop. So in… Read more
Internal error: Invalid enumeration value. Please call customer support! is not a valid value for this element.
If you have done a lot of work with SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) you may have seen this message:
We’ve all been there. A build error. I tend to get this because I like to forget commas when modifying calculations in the MDX section of the cube editor. It’s… Read more
Modifying the Windows host file can be a great way to ensure that you don’t accidentally modify production while doing development or just redirecting traffic on your computer. For instance, while at a client’s office I was able to access a server by entering just the server name, but when… Read more
We have all been there; you need to take a look at the data inside a file. Sure you can open it in Notepad if it is under 20-30MB, bigger than that and you may run into problems depending on the computer. Sometime WordPad will handle the larger files, again… Read more
BCP, or bulk copy program, has been around in SQL Server for a long time. It is a great way to export large quantities of data very quickly from SQL Server. It can be used to export entire tables or even a custom query. In this post we will focus… Read more
Color expressions in SSAS allow you to build an MDX expression to control the color of text displayed in a calculation. This property can be found in the Calculations tab of the cube editor when working in BIDS. Simply select a calcuation and look for the section labeled Color Expressions… Read more
If you follow anything outside the regular SQL Server world coming from Microsoft it should be Office and more importantly SharePoint. The two follow the same release cycle and as of today (July 16th actually) they have released a public beta for Office and more importantly SharePoint 2013!
If you… Read more
The preview for Office 2013 is live!! You can hop over to the Microsoft website and grab it here: http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/en/try-office-preview. Naturally I am eager to see all the BI features in both Office and SharePoint. If you have ever used PowerPivot then you know how cool the technology is.… Read more
I’m not exactly sure when this happened, but it looks like Microsoft has moved past the PowerPivot 2008R2 and PowerPivot 2012 model and is now just offering PowerPivot on their website. Previously there were two options as I just mentioned with the 2012 version being labeled RTM.
Now that the… Read more
If you are using Change Data Capture (CDC) it can be very useful to look at the CDC State table to understand what is happening. I am writing this in the context of using SSIS 2012 CDC components; in this case the CDC Control Task. The CD State can be… Read more
Change data capture was introduced in SQL Server 2008 and has been pretty popular ever since. The basic concept behind it is that all changes (inserts, updates, deletes) are captured and the details made available in a consumable manner. This means ultimately that all changes will be written to a… Read more
It’s about that time again, PASS Summit 2012 is right around the corner in Seattle, WA. It will be held at the convention center from November 6-9. This year will feature more than 170 sessions across 6 tracks from 90 speakers in addition to 2 days of pre-cons; and that… Read more
PowerPivot was a great new tool when it released several years ago. Now the newest version is out along side SQL Server 2012.You can still install the 2008 R2 version of PowerPivot or you can try out the new 2012 RTM version. There are some nifty improvements that Devin Knight… Read more
Between SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 there were many new features that were added or enhanced. There still remains a list of items that are either unsupported actions, such as workbook authoring, or unsupported features, such as cell comments.
In Excel Services 2007 many unsupported features would cause the workbook… Read more
Like all systems built on top of SQL Server SharePoint 2010 needs to have a plan for availability. There are many methods for configuring high availability, one of which is database mirroring. Other options, such as clustering will be discussed separately.
Database mirroring is a SQL Server technology used for… Read more
In T-SQL there are many functions there to help do a variety of different things. SSIS is no different. In fact, a good number of the commonly used functions from T-SQL are in SSIS as well. Here we will explore the different Trim functions found in SSIS.
We will be… Read more