BIML

Fully automate the BIML expansion

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With all the BIML code done and the production scenarios start to emerge, it would be great to have the BIML code automatic expanded and create new packages if there are changes to the underlying metadata. Either configured manually or directly from the sources. With the MIST application from Varigence – this is possible through the command line util that ships with the installation.

Development

Power Query – October 2014 update

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The Power Query tool has just been updated and there are some pretty neat features rolled out: New Transfomation: Use Headers as First Row. Column Name field in Merge Columns dialog. Quick Access Toolbar in Query Editor dialog. Warning for stale data previews in new queries. Function Invocation from Search. Preserve Excel Number formats in the worksheet on query refresh.

Database

SSISDB crash – Certificate, asymmetric key or private key data invalid

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One of my longterm customers had a database-server crash a while ago. The server would not spin up after reboot. The whole installation including tweeks and other stuff had to be re-attached to a new and fresh installation of SQL Server 2012. It was s fairly young BI-server, so the damage was not that big after all. Untill today…

Database

SQL Rally Nordic 2013

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Three days of SQL Server Deep dive and new trends in Stockholm, SE. The sessions have been held and the impression will last a while – at least for me. Day 1 – The precon ‘Data Warehouse modelling – making the right choises’ by Davide Mauri (site|blog|twitter) and Thomas Kejser (blog|twitter) was a very good walktrough of the aspects, seen from a architectural angle, of building a data warehouse.

Database

SQL 2012: Performance monitoring the light and right way

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Ever had that awesome SQL tracer build up that does just the right thing for your system – well I know that I had. And someday you might need just the same trace again. But now you need to build it again… Here comes the feature Extended Events in place. It was first introduced in the SQL 2008 version. The feature is a good and lightweight event-driven mechanism for collecting information about your SQL server.

Database

Performance issue using formatting in MDX

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To make a long story short – Do not use formatting in MDX when using results for Reporting Services. Here’s a little tip for all who works with MDX and gets stuck on the performance. Sometimes when you work on MDX queries the performance is very slow. This even though the resultset is only a few rows. (I know that the dataintegrity also is a role player here…). But but, I’ve come up with a little finding. If you have used formatting directly in your MDX query in order to get the whole thing done from the SSAS servers power, […]