Archives: February 2012
Extended Events is a general event-handling system for performance monitoring that was introduced in SQL Server 2008. It has a highly scalable and highly configurable architecture that allows users to collect as much or as little information as is necessary to troubleshoot or identify a performance problem.
While there are… Read more
Given two types of underlying data sources (a data warehouse and a OLAP cube built from the data warehouse) there are many different possible presentation layers (client tools) that serve different user communities with varying usage profiles. There is a lot of confusion on what is the best tool to… Read more
SQL Server 2012 introduces several significant enhancements to spatial types, such as support for new subtypes of circular arcs, new and updated methods and aggregates for all subtypes, improved precision, and updates to the geography type.
FileTable is a new feature in SQL Server 2012 that is built on top of SQL Server FILESTREAM technology, which allows BLOB data to be stored as individual files separate from a database’s data files. Interactions with the FileStream files took place only through T-SQL or through code which engaged… Read more
I’m hoping to do a presentation at SQLRally in Dallas on May 10-11, but I need your help!
There is a Community Vote for the remaining 20 sessions, so I would greatly appreciate it if you would go to http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2012/dallas/CommunityChoice.aspx and vote for my session (described below). You have to… Read more
Diagram View – Instead of looking at the defined relationships in a list format, v2 allows you to view the relationships in a diagram. This… Read more
Microsoft StreamInsight, first introduced in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, is a way to effectively analyze large amounts of event data streaming in from multiple sources. You can derive insights from critical information in near real-time. StreamInsight is a platform for Complex Event Processing (CEP) giving you the ability… Read more
SQL Server 2012 has a number of new T-SQL features. Listed below are all of the new features, along with the best links I have found that describe each feature:
A problem that has plagued SQL Server for a long time is that a database is not very portable. Sure, you can backup or detach a database and restore or attach it elsewhere, but when you do that, you are missing a lot of the pieces that make that database… Read more
SQL Azure is a cloud-based service from Microsoft that uses a special version of SQL Server as its backend. SQL Azure helps to ease provisioning and deployment of multiple databases. Developers do not have to install, setup, patch or manage any software, as all that is taken care of by… Read more
Microsoft Connect (blog, twitter) is a site where you can post feedback to improve the quality of many Microsoft products and impact the direction of those products. As of this writing, the site accepts bugs for 51 products and suggestions for 34 products, all from the community.… Read more
Data Quality Services (DQS) is a brand new feature in SQL Server 2012. In short, DQS enables you to build a knowledge base, and use that knowledge base to perform a variety of critical data quality tasks such as correction, enrichment, standardization and de-duplication of your data. DQS enables a… Read more
When designing a data warehouse, how you handle changes to dimensional data over time is the most important decision to make. It is rare that a dimension will remain static over time. For example, a customer may change their phone number or their address, or a sales person may change… Read more
Ok, I know that creating a time dimension down to the millisecond is extremely rare. After all, we are talking about 86,400,000 records. In my case, it is needed for a customer with a 50TB database that contains stock trades that are recorded down to the millisecond (we are using… Read more