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Devin Knight

Devin is a BI consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and was an author in the book Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin is a participating member of the local users’ group (JSSUG).

Preparing a Technical Session Part 1: Picking a Topic

So you’ve decided or perhaps were told to do a technical presentation. If this is something that’s new for you then you may be going through a variety of emotions. You may start excited in anticipation of the event but quickly that changes to anxiety when you realize all the… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 2 December 2014

PASS Summit 2014 in Review

I’m finally completely recovered from a great week in Seattle last week for PASS Summit.  Now that it’s back to the grind of regular work I thought I’d put together some thoughts and tell you about my experiences from the week. 

You may have read others blogs about their experiences… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 11 November 2014

PASS Summit 2014 in Review

I’m finally completely recovered from a great week in Seattle last week for PASS Summit.  Now that it’s back to the grind of regular work I thought I’d put together some thoughts and tell you about my experiences from the week. 

You may have read others blogs about their experiences… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 11 November 2014

Creating a Reporting Services Subscription

Subscriptions are a great feature in Reporting Services that will run a report unattended and deliver it to users either by email or Windows File Share. Subscriptions can also be scheduled so if your end users need a report monthly you can automate the delivery process. The steps given in… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 13 October 2014

Creating a Reporting Services Subscription

Subscriptions are a great feature in Reporting Services that will run a report unattended and deliver it to users either by email or Windows File Share. Subscriptions can also be scheduled so if your end users need a report monthly you can automate the delivery process. The steps given in… Read more

1 comments, 659 reads

Posted in Devin Knight on 13 October 2014

Optimizing Power BI Q&A with Synonyms and Phrasing using Cloud Modeling

If you’ve have used or even just seen a demo of Power BI Q&A you’ve likely seen there’s great potential in the feature for even low-tech user. I usually say, “If the user knows how to use a search engine then they can interact with Q&A.” You can read the… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 1 October 2014

Optimizing Power BI Q&A with Synonyms and Phrasing using Cloud Modeling

If you’ve have used or even just seen a demo of Power BI Q&A you’ve likely seen there’s great potential in the feature for even low-tech user. I usually say, “If the user knows how to use a search engine then they can interact with Q&A.” You can read the… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 1 October 2014

Analysis Services Partitions

Partitions are a great feature in Analysis Services that allow you to split measure groups in to separate physical files. All measure groups by default have one partition but by splitting that partition you will gain improved query and processing performance.

Partitions can be split in any way you see… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 5 September 2014

Analysis Services Partitions

Partitions are a great feature in Analysis Services that allow you to split measure groups in to separate physical files. All measure groups by default have one partition but by splitting that partition you will gain improved query and processing performance.

Partitions can be split in any way you see… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 5 September 2014

Analysis Services Dynamic Security

Imagine you have a requirement to capture the user accounts that log into your cube and based on their username they will only be permitted to see specific data.  This can be accomplished by creating dynamic or table based security in Analysis Services which is much less difficult to setup… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 3 September 2014

Analysis Services Dynamic Security

Imagine you have a requirement to capture the user accounts that log into your cube and based on their username they will only be permitted to see specific data.  This can be accomplished by creating dynamic or table based security in Analysis Services which is much less difficult to setup… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 3 September 2014

MDX Time Calculations Built to Scale

When creating time calculations in Analysis Services you may take several approaches. For people that have just begin learning SSAS they likely have spent several days writing calculations that return things like year to date, rolling twelve month, and period over period for every measure they have.

For the more… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 14 August 2014

MDX Time Calculations Built to Scale

When creating time calculations in Analysis Services you may take several approaches. For people that have just begin learning SSAS they likely have spent several days writing calculations that return things like year to date, rolling twelve month, and period over period for every measure they have.

For the more… Read more

0 comments, 354 reads

Posted in Devin Knight on 14 August 2014

Writing Parametrized MDX for Reporting Services

Writing MDX inside of Reporting Services has been the nemesis for many report writers for far too long.  If all you need is the Query Designer to create a drag and drop datasets then it’s a piece of cake, but have you ever wondered what’s going on with all the… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 4 August 2014

Writing Parametrized MDX for Reporting Services

Writing MDX inside of Reporting Services has been the nemesis for many report writers for far too long.  If all you need is the Query Designer to create a drag and drop datasets then it’s a piece of cake, but have you ever wondered what’s going on with all the… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 4 August 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

Using PowerShell to Build your Azure VM Environment

In a previous post I wrote about Using a Hyper-V VHD in an Azure VM. Today I’d like to show you what my next steps were.  My goal with using Azure is to create an lab environment for student that fits the following needs:

  • Easy to create new virtual…

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Posted in Devin Knight on 23 June 2014

Reducing the Disk Size of a Hyper-V Virtual Machine

Have you ever created a Hyper-V virtual machine and later needed to change the size of the disk on the VM? When you initially create a virtual machine you provide a size for the virtual hard disk (as shown below).

It’s pretty straight forward to expand the size of this… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 19 June 2014

Setting up Automation in Azure

As I’ve started digging deeper into using Azure the need to automate tasks (turn off all VMs, turn on all VMs, automatically resize all VMs, etc…) has becomes very apparent.  In April 2014 Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Azure Automation to handle such operations. 

Activate Azure Automation

This new… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 18 June 2014

Using a Hyper-V VHD in an Azure VM

I’m in the process of moving some my lab environments that I use for teaching SQL Server classes to Azure. I’m pretty new to the Azure infrastructure world but I thought I could share some of my lessons learned in doing this. My first post will walk you through moving… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 6 June 2014

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