Steve Simon

Monitoring SQL Server Reporting Services

February 19, 2015 by

Introduction

In our last get together I mentioned that oft times SQL Server reports are created due to a dire business need, used once and never again. Further, some reports that we believe are not often used could be “top of the pops” unbeknown to us. A guess as to the amount of times a report is used per month, in addition to the statistics behind each report should not be guess work, but rather monitored actively to ensure that frequently used reports are both efficient and effective. Further, those reports that are either not used or have not been run in quite some time, should perhaps be removed in order to keep the server clean and not cluttered.

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Steve Simon

Creating dynamically generated CSV files containing SQL Server data

February 12, 2015 by

Introduction

A few months back, I presented a paper at SQL Saturday 327 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Late last month I received an email from one of the attendees. His issue was quite interesting and I decided to share it with you. The gentleman wanted a SSIS script that would permit him to extract data from a SQL Server database table and place it in a CSV file with a dynamically allocated name. Being a strong advocate of using the SSIS toolbox, I experimented with an alternative solution. We are going to construct THIS SOLUTION in today’s get together.

Let’s get started.

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Steve Simon

SQL Server Reporting Services Best Practices

February 11, 2015 by

Introduction

In past chats, we have had a look at a myriad of different business intelligence techniques that one can utilize to turn data into information. In today’s “get together” we are going to try to pull all these techniques together, rationalize our development plans and more over look at some good habits to adopt or for the want of better words utilize SQL Server Reporting Services Best Practices.

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Minette Steynberg

Reading the SQL Server Transaction Log

February 9, 2015 by

Introduction

There has always been some debate as to whether or not there are real benefits to be gained from accessing the information in the transaction log. This article will endeavor to answer that question by looking at the following:

  • What is the SQL Server Transaction Log?
  • What information is stored in the transaction log?
  • What can be gained by accessing the information in the transaction log?
  • How does the transaction log work?
  • What tools are available for reading the transaction log?
  • And ultimately, is this something we should be doing at all?
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Murilo Miranda

In-Memory OLTP – Three key points to entertain your watchdog

February 4, 2015 by

With the introduction of the in-memory technology, we need to think about what are the new challenges to keep the service up and running. In this article I will explore one of the three key points to monitor in order to maintain your SQL Server healthy.

Last week I spoke at my local SQL Server user group, in Lisbon. The session was nice and the good feedback received encouraged me to write about this and share information that is not too spread over the internet (so far…): Monitor environments using In-Memory OLTP.

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Régis Baccaro

Continuous Deployment using SQL Server Data Tools and Visual Studio Online

February 2, 2015 by

In the previous posts

Deployment to several databases using SQL Server Data Tools and TFS using a Custom Workflow file
Deployment to several databases using SQL Server Data Tools and Team foundation Server
Continuous integration with SQL Server Data Tools and Team Foundation Server

I have been mostly writing about the interaction between SQL Server Data Tools and Team Foundation Server. Microsoft provides a hosted version of Team Foundation Build Service called Visual Studio Online. The configuration and functionality is mostly the same than what I have previously been writing about but there are some specifics things that we need to be aware when using Visual Studio Online Build Service.

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Luan Moreno M. Maciel

In-Memory OLTP Series – Introduction

January 30, 2015 by

Introduced on SQL Server 2014, the new brand feature In-Memory OLTP a.k.a “Hekaton” is a Main-Memory Database Engine. Developed by Microsoft Research & Paul Larson (Database Research Group at MSFT) this feature have the ability to manage and held tables entirely In-Memory. In this Series we will pass through for all the new concepts and components that makes this New Engine the most excited acquisition of the new SQL Server Version (120).

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Steve Simon

Getting started with data mining in SQL Server

January 19, 2015 by

Introduction

In past chats, we have had a look at a myriad of different Business Intelligence techniques that one can utilize to turn data into information. In today’s get together we are going to have a look at a technique dear to my heart and often overlooked. We are going to be looking at data mining with SQL Server, from soup to nuts.

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Régis Baccaro

Deployment to several databases using SQL Server Data Tools and TFS using a Custom Workflow file

January 16, 2015 by

In the previous blog post : Deployment to several databases using SQL Server Data Tools and Team foundation Server I illustrated how it is possible to use TFS and a batch file to deploy a database to several SQL Server instances or to deploy several SQL Server databases to several instances. The main way to achieve that in the previous post was using a batch file. For more information about this technique please have a look at that blog post.

In this post on the other hand I will demonstrate how the same functionality can be achieved using a Windows Workflow Foundation file (xaml) deployment file and Team Foundation Server.

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Murilo Miranda

Using SMB fileshare as a storage alternative

January 16, 2015 by

Do you know that you can store system and user databases in a fileshare? Even for a clustered instance this is an option now. In this article we will check how to implement this solution.

On the latest versions of SQL Server new possibilities to assign storage to a clustered instance became available. In this article, we will talk about one of these options, which is also an option for standalone instances by the way: The network-attached storage – SMB Fileshare.

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Steve Simon

How to utilize DAX queries against a Tabular Database

January 12, 2015 by

In an earlier “get together”, we had a quick look at the DAX language and how to construct useful queries. In today’s conversation we shall be concentrating on utilizing the knowledge that we obtained from the earlier article and seeing how these queries may be utilized for “multiple value” query selection criteria (against a tabular database).
Enough said, let us get started!

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Steve Simon

SQL Server security mechanism – How to control what data are users able to view within their reports

January 8, 2015 by

Introduction

A few years back, a client asked me to implement a quick and dirty “security mechanism” to control what data the myriad of users were able to view within their reports. There were numerous tables with multiple columns and all departments (within the enterprise) had their data within these tables.

SQLShack Industries has tasked us with creating a similar quick and dirty “security mechanism”. We shall attack this challenge by creating the necessary stored procedures (to extract the required data) and then utilize these stored procedures to render and consume the data within our reports.

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Murilo Miranda

Buffer Pool Extension (BPE) – How it works?

December 31, 2014 by

You already understand the benefits of the BPE and how to deal with the feature, now it’s time to better understand how it works.

Here we are, the last article of this Buffer Pool Extension series. We came from the explanation of what is the Buffer Pool, made an introduction of the new In-Memory technology and saw on what the Buffer Pool Extension can help in keep a stable environment, and finally, the part 3 showed how to implement the Buffer Pool Extension in your SQL Server 2014 system.

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