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The Smiling DBA

Thomas LeBlanc is a Business Intelligence Consultant/Data Warehouse Architect in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He uses his 25+ years in IT to help develop OLTP systems with normalized databases for high-performing T-SQL and end-to-end dimensional data marts using SSIS, SSAS, PPS, and Excel. His SQL Server certifications include MCSA 12, MCITP 08 BI and DBA, MCITP 2005 DBA, and MCDBA 2000. As a PASS volunteer, he is current chair of the Excel BI virtual chapter, past chair of the Data Architecture virtual chapter, and past virtual chapter mentor. He has helped the Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group with SQLSaturdays and speaks at local IT meetings.

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 26 April 2018

24 Hours of PASS – April 25th–26th

Well, it is that time of the year, again. PASS puts on a 24 Hours of PASS where 1 hours session go on once an hour for 24 hours. This is free training usually on a certain topic. The topic this time around is Cross Platform SQL Server Management.


The… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 18 April 2018

DBA Fundamentals–Tuesday 11 Central–Execution Plans

WHAT:       EXECUTION PLANS FOR BEGINNERS

WHEN:       Tuesday,    04/17/18  - 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

WHO:         Thomas LeBlanc

WHERE:     https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7086336336602188044

This will be a Beginners session highlighting the starting point for using the execution plans from SQL Server to assist in query tuning. Briefly, we will look at the history to…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 11 April 2018

Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group – Execution Plans

Tonight, April 11th starting at 6PM, the Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group will hold its monthly meeting. The Baton Rouge .Net User Group does the same at the same place – La. Tech Park.

The 2 user groups have been holding meetings together for some time now.

I will… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 11 April 2018

PASS Summit 2018 – Call for Speakers

It is that time again. PASS has opened the Call for Speakers. I have submitted for the past 10 years, and have been selected the past 7 years. This was such an important milestone in my career to be selected and then to present. Making sure I know what… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 28 February 2018

Speaking at PASS.org Summit

For the last 7 years, I have been speaking at the PASS Summit. This event is usually in Seattle, but one year it was in Denver (did not speak at this one) and one year Charlotte, NC. It is hard to explain everything that goes on during that week… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 8 February 2018

VSLive 2018 Austin, TX

VSLive events are nice conferences to get a wide range of topics from .Net to mobile development to the data platform. It looks like they have added some Hands-on Labs on Friday in addtion to the Workshops on Monday. Regular sessions are Tuesday thru Thursday. The hotel is in downtown… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 1 February 2018

Resources from the PASS community this coming month

Even though it is December, I noticed a lot going on for FREE in the PASS Microsoft Data Technology community. The first interesting one is a PASS Marathon: Linux!!! Here is the link. Never thought I would see something like this related to PASS. But it is here, so… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 30 November 2017

IT Dev Connections 2017

The IT Dev Connections conference was in San Francisco, CA this week. While I did not spend any time as a tourist, I did mingle with attendees and speakers. It was nice to sit with Grant, Andrew, Mindy, Kevin, Tim, Monica, Daniel and Meagan for dinner Monday night.

I attended… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 25 October 2017

SSAS Tabular DirectQuery–No Hierarchies in Dimensions

I recently was testing DirectQuery to see the reporting differences in a Tabular Model. After Deploying to a development server and analyzing in Excel, the hierarchies for the Date and Product dimension were not available. SQL Server 2016 SP1 was used in this example.

You can go to this like… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 28 September 2017

Elect The Next PASS Board Members

The PASS board elections are coming up and there is a twitter chat event to ask questions to the candidates before you vote. Both tweeter events will be on Tuesday September 19th at noon central and 3PM central. The hashtag will be #PASSelections, so join the conversation and ask… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 12 September 2017

Analysis Services Series on SQLShack

Please visit SQLShack.com for new articles on many facets of SQL Server. I have been trying my best to document how to create SQL Server Analysis Service databases with Multidimensional Cubes as well as Tabular Models.

The start was a Best Practices article for Dimensional Modeling and other items that… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 16 August 2017

SQLSaturday Baton Rouge #628 2017

Come join around 500+ attendees and speakers learning and networking at the LSU College of Business – Business Education Complex on Nicholson Drive Extension in Baton Rouge on Saturday July 29th 2017 8AM till 5PM. There will be plenty of MVPs and other experts in the areas of SQL Server,… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 21 July 2017

PASS Board Elections

Well, it is almost that time of the year again. Elections for the PASS Board.

This is a great way to show your passion for this wonderful community of SQL Server or now, Microsoft Data Professionals. It looks like it is getting harder and harder for someone to come up… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 19 June 2017

SQLSaturday Pensacola and Houston

I have the honor of being selected to speak in Pensacola and Houston this month. Pensacola has been a great place for SQLSaturday and it is no different than Houston. Both have active PASS community volunteers that love to host a learning event for free.

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 1 June 2017

Power BI Report Server–Trial

I just installed the Power BI report server following @SQLDusty YouTube 13 minute Step-by-Step video. You have to download both the Power BI Report Server and a new Power BI Desktop. Once installed, it is easy to get your Power BI Report onto the Server if it is developed on… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 18 May 2017

PASS Summit Call for Speakers

Yesterday was the first day to submit sessions for the PASS Summit 2017 in Seattle on Oct 30th thru Nov 3rd. Oct 30th and 31st are for pre-conference sessions (all day workshops) and this year there is no open call for these sessions. Not sure the selection process because it… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 11 May 2017

Excel BI VC presents Prathy Kamasani–Power BI Dashboards for Excel Users

 

Thu, Apr 27 2017 20:00 GMT Daylight Time


Power BI Dashboard within an hour for Excel users

RSVP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8516045593703848705

Power BI Dashboard within an hour for Excel users

If you are an experienced Excel user or Someone in your organisation mentioned about Power BI and you want to understand…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 22 April 2017

SQLShack Arcticle and Upcoming PASS Events

The latest article on SQLShack continues on the path of Data Warehouse development with SQL Server Analysis Services. The first step after designing the Data warehouse is conneting to the Data Source. All good DW implementations have a central database to store the data. Analysis Services is a great tool… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 19 April 2017

SSIS Articles on SQLShack

Please check out SQLShack.com for three articles on SSIS. I wrote them based on using the SSIS Catalog and Project Parameters created in SQL Server 2012 and improved on in the next 2 releases. Project parameters are a big deal in SSIS for changing values when executing a package… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 21 March 2017

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