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Latest SQL Server Tips

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Using hash values in SSIS to determine when to insert or update rows

When you want to load data into your data warehouse, for example into one of your dimensions, you need to determine if an incoming row is either an update – a historical change – or an insert, which is a new occurrence of a record. In this tip we show how



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Create a basic KPI in SQL Server Reporting Services 2016

We are using SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2016. I'd like to create a key performance indicator (KPI) to track the status of my orders. I'd also like to show this KPI on any mobile device. Read this tip to learn how.



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Logging Level Recommendations for the SQL Server Integration Services Catalog

In this tip we will cover the different SSIS logging levels.



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Import Text and CSV Files into SQL Server Database with SSIS Script Task

In this tip we look at how to import text files and CSV files into SQL Server using SSIS and the Script Task.



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How to Stop a SSIS Package Execution from Code

In this tip we look at a way to stop the execution of a SSIS data flow task that is running by executing an outside process to stop the data flow immediately.



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Improve Data Quality for SQL Server Reporting

Poor data quality for any reason is very expensive in terms of man hours and decision making to all organizations. There are a number of ways to address the issue with both SQL Server Reporting Services and Power BI. Learn about Melissa's solution...



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What I wish I knew when I started working with SQL Server Analysis Services

In this tip we cover some of the various SSAS tips that I wish I knew when I started working with SSAS. I hope you find these tips useful so you can get the most out of SQL Server Analysis Services.



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Parallel Execution of Tasks in SSIS

In this tip we look at a process to load data in parallel using an SSIS package that loads data in an optimized way.



SQL Server Tutorials

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SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) Tutorial

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a tool that we use to perform ETL operations; i.e. extract, transform and load data. In this tutorial we will step through a number of topics that you need to understand in order to successfully build an SSIS package.



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SQL Server Reporting Services Tutorial

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a feature included in the SQL Server product. We use SSRS to design, develop, test, and deploy reports. In this tutorial we will step through a number of topics that you need to understand to successfully build and deployt a report.



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SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) Tutorial

SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) is the technology from the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack, to develop Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) solutions. In simple terms, you can use SSAS to create cubes using data from data marts / data warehouse for deeper and faster data analysis. In this tutorial we will step through a number of topics that you need to understand in order to successfully create a basic cube.



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SQL Server Report Builder 3.0 Tutorial

Report Builder is Microsoft's report authoring tool for business users. It has a simple and intuitive user interface that is similar to Microsoft Office. This tutorial will cover what you need to know to get started authoring reports with Report Builder 3.0, which was released with SQL Server 2008 R2.



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SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) Administration Tutorial

Administration of a SSAS instance / database is similar to SQL Server Database Engine management in some ways. There are some administration aspects which are also unique to SSAS like processing dimensions, facts and cubes. Any IT environment employing SSAS as its OLAP technology typically involves the following administrative tasks. These tasks are an integral part of any SSAS solution that Developers as well as DBAs need to perform in production and/or non-production environments depending on their role on the team.



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My First SQL Server Business Intelligence Project Tutorial

In a BI project, data is the currency and analytics is the merchandise. Without having the right type, amount and shape of data, one cannot get the right kind of analytics. In this tutorial, we will look at different types of data sources as well as relational data modeling. Data makes many hops from one layer of the solution to another in any BI solution architecture. During this data movement from source to destination, the shape of the data keeps transforming. This facilitation of data movement and transformation along the way is typically known as Extract, Transform and Load (ETL). We will look at typical ETL needs and the associated topics like data staging and master data management concepts.



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SQL Server Master Data Services Tutorial

Master data services (MDS) is the master data management solution from the Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) technology stack. In this tutorial, we will start with the discussion of scenarios and considerations for MDM. Having understood the situations where MDM would be fit, we would understand the SQL Server Master Data Services (MDS) architecture that facilitates MDM. Before we proceed with a deep-dive into MDS, we need to understand the installation and configuration of MDS, followed by the fundamental concepts and terminology in MDS.



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SQL Server DAX Tutorial

Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) is perceived to be a query language for Tabular SSAS, Power BI Desktop and PowerPivot. Technically, DAX is a library of functions and operators that can be used to develop a formula that can be used with the Vertipaq Engine. The similarity of DAX formulas with Excel formulas helps developers to familiarize themselves with the syntax of DAX comparatively faster.



SQL Server Webcasts

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Cross-Platform Database Performance Monitoring

Most organizations have more than one database platform, yet the challenge of finding and solving performance issues remains the same. Learn how the SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) provides a unique approach to database performance management incorporating machine learning and wait-based analysis.



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Storage and High Availability Options for SQL Server in the Cloud

This webinar will cover best practices for optimizing cloud storage and cost, how to leverage the cloud for disaster recovery, availability options and requirements for SQL Server and key factors to consider in your selection.



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