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Enhancements for the DAX language in Analysis Services 2016

A couple of key enhancements were made to the DAX language in SQL Server 2016 and in this tip we will give an overview of these new features.



Using Calculated Tables in Analysis Services Tabular 2016 for Aggregate Tables – Part 3

One of the big improvements for DAX in Analysis Services (SSAS) 2016 is the ability to create calculated tables from DAX queries. In this final tip of the series, we’ll take a look at using a calculated table to create an aggregate table.



SSIS Transformation Tasks Overview

SQL Server Integration Services is a powerful tool to create ETL solutions. In this tip we will cover different scenarios to give you an idea on how you can use some of the SSIS features.



Scenarios for Using Calculated Tables in SSAS Tabular 2016 or Power BI Desktop – Part 2

Analysis Services 2016 comes with a lot of DAX improvements. One of these improvements is the ability to create calculated tables. In this tip, we’ll explore the use case where we generate a date table in the model.



SQL Server Tutorials

SQL Server Backup Tutorial

One of your last lines of defense for just about any system is to have a backup in place in case there is a need to recover some or all of your data. This is also true for SQL Server. In this tutorial we will discuss selecting the correct recovery models, what backup options are available, and how to create backups using T-SQL commands and SQL Server Management Studio.



SQL Server Restore Tutorial

What good is a backup if you do not know to restore the backup. In this tutorial we will look at what restore options are available and which options are only accessible using T-SQL commands.



SQL Server INFORMATION SCHEMA Tutorial

The INFORMATION_SCHEMA views allow you to retrieve metadata about the objects within a database. These views can be found in the master database under Views / System Views and be called from any database in your SQL Server instance. In this tutorial we look at some of these INFORMATION_SCHEMA views and how they can be used.



SQL Server Performance Monitoring and Tuning Tutorial

In this tutorial we will cover some of the common issues with performance such as: deadlocks, blocking, missing and unused indexes, I/O bottlenecks, poor query plans, statistics, wait stats and fragmentation.



SQL Server Webcasts

Supercharge Your SQL Server Data Warehouse with Columnstore Indexes

Join this webinar to get up to speed on SQL Server Columnstore Indexes for Data Warehousing. You'll learn which types of columnstore indexes there are, how you can integrate them into your data warehouse and what performance gains you can expect.



Optimize the Configuration of SQL Server Instances and Databases

To prevent and diagnose availability, health, and performance issues it is important to review and manage the configuration of SQL Server instances and databases. Whether you want to view and modify the settings of instances and databases or compare settings to historical snapshots and other instances, it is important to have a quick and easy way to access this information. Learn how SQL Admin Toolset can help.



Deploying and Maintaining SQL Server Configuration Standards

Configuring systems to a standard and maintaining those standards is a key aspect for meeting audit & compliance requirements. In this presentation we'll look at what tools are available out of the box for your SQL Server farm, where you will likely need to augment checks and corrective actions using scripts, and how to plan a custom reporting architecture to be able to show an auditor you're performing these actions regularly.



Identify Inventory Issues in SQL Server Environments

Learn how SQL Inventory Manager provides all the details you need for complete visibility and enables you to compile and review the information about your SQL Server environment, so that you can effectively manage your inventory.



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