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James Serra's Blog

James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

Archives: May 2012

Syncing your calendars

I have a desktop computer, a laptop, and a iPhone.  I frequently add meetings to my Outlook calender on my desktop computer, but sometimes enter them on my laptop.  And I frequently use my iPhone to alert me about upcoming meetings.  These leads to a major problem in keeping all… Read more

2 comments, 995 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 30 May 2012

Columnstore indexes and memory

Columnstore indexes are built and processed completely in memory.  You will receive an out-of-memory error if you do not have enough memory to build the columnstore index.  Column store processing is optimized for in-memory processing, however, they do not reside in memory after they are created.  The index data is… Read more

1 comments, 606 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 23 May 2012

What happens when a SSAS Tabular model exceeds memory?

If you are using the Tabular model in SSAS, it will use the xVelocity technology to load your entire database in memory (greatly compressing the database).  So what happens if your database is too big to fit in memory?  You will get this error when you process the model:

“The… Read more

1 comments, 2,095 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 21 May 2012

Being careful in SSAS to not make a cube/dimension unprocessed

A big headache in SSAS, especially when dealing with a large cube, is making a change that when deployed, causes a cube to become unprocessed, forcing you to do a full process so the cube is usable.  Nothing is worse than making a change without realizing it will cause the… Read more

1 comments, 2,015 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 16 May 2012

Data Warehouse vs Data Mart

I see a lot of confusion on what exactly is the difference between a data warehouse and a data mart.  The best definition that I have heard of a data warehouse is:

“A relational database schema which stores historical data and metadata from an operational system or systems, in… Read more

2 comments, 13,606 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 14 May 2012

Fast Track Data Warehouse Reference Guide for SQL Server 2012

I have previously blogged about Fast Track Data Warehouse, a reference configuration optimized for data warehousing (see Microsoft SQL Server Reference Architecture and Appliances).  That was version 3.0 of the reference configuration that was for SQL Server 2008 R2.  Just released is version 4.0 for SQL Server 2012 ( Read more

0 comments, 1,480 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 2 May 2012