Archives: March 2012
BIDS helper is Visual Studio add-in with features that extend and enhance the functionality of the SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 BI Development Studio, and now supports SQL Server 2012 (including tabular mode) and Visual Studio 2010 (SSDT). Version 1.6 can be downloaded here, and read up… Read more
If you have a source table that has a Tinyint primary key column defined as IDENTITY and you create a Data Source View (DSV) in SSAS and add that table (usually a dimension table), that IDENTITY field will be incorrectly typed as System.int32.
This causes problems when attempting to define… Read more
In the next few weeks there will be an update to the SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) called “Appliance Update 3″ or “AU3″. More than just a cumulative update, an Appliance Update is a complete refresh on the entire solution including software, hardware, and firmware. This is the third… Read more
As a follow-up to my blog Microsoft SQL Server Reference Architecture and Appliances, Dell recently announced the future availability of Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance based on SQL Server 2012. Right now only HP has a Business Data Warehouse appliance (BDW). Basically these are pre-built appliances for data… Read more
When the Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0 Reference Guide was published, it was based off of SQL Server 2008 R2. With the release of SQL Server 2012, as expected that reference guide has been updated. While an official release has not happened yet, there are some details that were made… Read more
After SQL Server 2012 was released this past week, I saw a few mentions from Microsoft about a new feature in SQL Server 2012 called “xVelocity”. I have been using SQL Server 2012 for months now, playing with all the new features, and never came across one called xVelocity. How… Read more
As a follow-up to my posts SQL Server “Denali”: New Certifications and SQL Server 2012: New Certifications, there are now final details coming out about the SQL Server 2012 certifications. The major news:
- UPDATE: Anyone can take the beta exams for free. Just click here
- Two new Professional-level certifications…
In SQL Server 2012, there is a new data model, called tabular, that is part of the new feature called the Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM). BISM also includes the multidimensional model (formally called the UDM).
The Tabular model is based on concepts like tables and relationships that are familiar… Read more
Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation “Scaling SQL Server to HUNDREDS of Terabytes” at HASSUG.
Here is the PowerPoint presentation: Scaling SQL Server to HUNDREDS of Terabytes
As a followup to a question from the presentation about clustering the appliances, I have found that Dell offers a high… Read more
What is the best methodology to use when creating a data warehouse? Well, first off, let’s discuss some of the reasons why you would want to use a data warehouse and not just use your operational system:
- You need to integrate many different sources of data in near real-time.…
Power View is installed when you run the SQL Server 2012 install and on the Feature Selection page choose “Reporting Services Add-in for SharePoint Products”. This is a newer version of the add-in that is installed with SharePoint 2010, with one of the new features being Power View.
The requirements… Read more
In SQL Server 2008, if you wanted to run Reporting Services in SharePoint integrated mode, these where the steps you took (see How to: Install and Configure SharePoint Integration on a Stand-alone Server):
- Install SQL Server 2008 and on the on the Feature Selection page select the Database Engine…
Exciting news! Microsoft announced today that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing (RTM). Customers and partners can download an evaluation (or here) of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1 (see Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Release Notes).
If you’re an MSDN/TechNet… Read more
SQL Server 2012 contains six new features for SSRS:
Excel Renderer for Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007 & 2010 - Excel renderer will support the Excel 2007 XLSX format. To enable this feature, Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint must be installed. This extension renders a report as… Read more
Database Recovery Advisor is a new feature in SQL Server 2012 that introduces significant user experience enhancements to the ways DBAs can now restore databases using SQL Server Management Studio:
- An enhancement for point in time recovery using a new visual timeline feature, which consists of a Backup Timeline graphical…