I’m usually pretty hesitant to share scripts I write because inevitably it will get torn to pieces, but in this case I’d actually like some feedback so I can continue to grow this solution.
This script spawned from Jorge Segarra (@SQLChicken) and I working on a project together that had… Read more
Recently while working for a client that was running SQL Server 2008 R2 I was tasked with loading an Excel Macro (.xlsm) enabled workbook. If you have ever tried this yourself you may have tried using the default Excel provider, which does not work. In fact, this is the error… Read more
Today I’m thrilled and humbled to announce that I will be speaking 3 times at PASS Summit in November 6-9! This is my favorite of all conferences to attend and I hope you can make it too. Go register now here.
A really fun way you can browse all… Read more
Using Active Directory groups are a great way to manage and maintain security for a solution. Think about if you had to manually add users to your Analysis Services roles each time someone new wanted access to your cube. Ideally, you would have an AD group in the SSAS role… Read more
SSIS 2012 has added a few new expression functions and I thought I’d spend a short time detailing each.
The LEFT function believe it or not is a new function. In past versions of SSIS you had a RIGHT function available but no LEFT. Well SSIS expression haters you… Read more
With the new Project Deployment Model in SSIS developers are gaining the benefit of a new design time only feature called Project Connection Managers. If you’ve developed in SSIS previously Connection Managers require no further detailing, but for those new this is how SSIS connections to data that’s used as… Read more
The new project deployment model in SSIS 2012 is the new standard for how packages are created, configured and deployed. Any new packages that are created in SSIS will default to using the new deployment model.
The most basic way of describing this change is now instead of deploying packages… Read more
Many of you may now or in the future have the need to upgrade your SSIS packages to the new SQL Server 2012 SSIS. Luckily, upgrading from SSIS 2005 or 2008 isn’t nearly as painful as you may have experienced upgrading old DTS (SQL Server 2000) packages. If you’re considering… Read more
Another SQL Rally has wrapped up in Dallas, TX and it was great event. My favorite part about these larger events is being able to meet new people and see old friends that I haven’t seen for months.
Unfortunately, I did not attend any of the precons this year but… Read more
We’ve completed reviewing the major Microsoft tools and now you have to make “The Decision”. Which tool(s) is the best fit for the reporting needs? Remember just picking one tool and using it for all reports may not be the best decision because you are missing out on a lot… Read more
What I’d really like to share with you about the event is what a fantastic group this… Read more
In part five of this on going series about choosing the right reporting tool we will discuss the newest of tools called Power View. While Power View is part of Reporting Services in SQL Server 2012 I’ve decided to split it as it’s own topic to help understand when you… Read more
In case you didn’t see the email come through for PASS this week the SQL Rally schedule is now available. The event will be in Dallas May 10-11 with lots of great session so be sure to check it out. Here’s a link to the PDF or I’ve included screenshots here… Read more
This month I’ll be out and about quite a bit with speaking events. Thought I’d detail them quickly in case you’re in Florida or interested in attending a free webinar. Most topics on reporting of some nature this month.
SQL Saturday Jacksonville is just under a month away (April 28) and I’m happy to announce the we recently released the schedule for the event. We have a great line up of speakers with a variety of topics for both DBAs and Business Intelligence developers. You can register to attend… Read more
If you’ve followed this blog series from the beginning then you may have started thinking about which tools would be best for your environment. If so that’s great and I’m glad I got you thinking, but I encourage you to keep an open mind as we go through the last… Read more
Today I’ll be continuing in a blog series designed to help you decide which presentation tool is best for your reporting needs. So far I’ve discussed in previous posts:
You learned how these two tools are almost opposites of… Read more
Another release that went without much trumpeting was the SQL Server 2012
Data Mining add-in for Excel 2010. This has been a much awaited release for
those vested in Data Mining.
The current release was only available for Excel 2007 and if you tried to use
it in Excel 2010… Read more
Somewhat overshadowed, for obvious reasons, by the big RTM release of SQL Server 2012 was the RTM release of PowerPivot 2012. You can go download the much improved version of PowerPivot for Excel here.
To give you a fair warning there are some prerequisites to installing that were not… Read more
This post is a continuation of a series started to help you understand each of the Microsoft presentation layer tools purpose and when you should choose each for your reporting solution. The decision to pick the appropriate tool is difficult but so very important as I detailed in part one Read more