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Archives: July 2012

Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) Tip: Usage of SYSDATETIME() vs GETDATE()

Usage of GETDATE() dates back to the earliest versions of SQL server and has become the primary blade in our SQL swiss army knife when we want to generate the current system date and time. Currently, there is something missing in the current release of Microsoft’s Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW)… Read more

SQL SERVER - CTRL+SHIFT+] Shortcut to Select Code Between Two Parenthesis

Reblogged from Journey to SQL Authority with Pinal Dave:

Every weekend brings creative ideas and accidents brings best unknown secrets in front of us. Just a day while working with complex SQL Server code in SSMS I came across very interesting shortcut which I have never used before and instantly…

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Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) Basics: CREATE TABLE and CTAS Syntax

After forgetting the syntax for temp tables a couple of times, I decided to write a brief overview of the table creation syntax for Microsoft’s Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) architecture.

One thing worth noting up-front, this post does not include considerations that should be made in determinining whether a table… Read more

Dynamic Multi-Threaded SSIS using C#

Here is a snippet of code that will assist in the dynamic ‘spin-up’ of duplicate SSIS packages.  To put it simply, I used this approach in a C# service that monitored a nightly FTP file drop folder and inserted records into a queue table (one record per file) for SSIS… Read more

Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) Lesson 1: – Basic Architecture Overview

I’ll begin my coverage of Microsoft’s Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) architecture / appliance with a brief overview of the Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) architecture and the specific hardware components of the PDW appliance.

For starters, think of PDW as a single, pre-configured server and network environment, comprised… Read more