Monthly Archives: December 2011

SSIS Community Tasks and Components

Do you know there are hundreds of additional tasks, tools, and components for SSIS, many which are free?  Why re-invent the wheel?  Take a look at this exhaustive list created by Todd McDermid on CodePlex: SSIS Community Tasks and Components.  It … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): Master Data Services

SQL Server Master Data Services (MDS) has a number of enhancements in SQL Server 2012: Improved web user interface – If you are a current user of MDS in SQL Server 2008 R2 you know that it’s pretty difficult to … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): New Security Features

SQL Server 2012 has many new security features, and three of the bigger new features are: Default Schema for Windows Groups, Audit enhancements, and User-Defined Server Roles. Default Schema for Windows Groups A database schema can now be tied to a … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): AlwaysOn

AlwaysOn is a new integrated high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) solution that provides redundancy within a datacenter and across datacenters to help enable fast application failover during planned and unplanned downtime.  Specifically, AlwaysOn delivers failover cluster instances, multiple secondaries, active … Continue reading

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Junk dimensions

Junk dimensions are dimensions that contain miscellaneous data such as flags and indicators.  When designing a data warehouse, you might come across a source system that has a bunch of yes/no indicator fields.  If those fields needs to be tracked … Continue reading

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Factless fact table

A factless fact table is a fact table that does not have any measures.  It is essentially an intersection of dimensions (it contains nothing but dimensional keys). There are two types of factless tables:  One is for capturing an event, … Continue reading

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TechNet Virtual Labs

There is an excellent site called TechNet Virtual Labs that enables you to quickly and easily evaluate Microsoft’s newest products and technologies via hands-on labs in which you are guided through the lab in about 90 minutes. There is nothing to … Continue reading

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Top SSAS white papers

These are my favorite SSAS white papers released by Microsoft, with many from SQLCAT.  I’ll keep this post updated with new versions of the white papers as well as new ones that come along that I find useful: Analysis Services 2008 … Continue reading

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Reduce heap table fragmentation

A table that does not have a clustered index is referred to as a Heap.  While a lot has been written about index fragmentation and how to defrag indexes, there is not much that talks about how to defrag a … Continue reading

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Create SQL Server scripts with Visio 2010

If you are using Visio 2010 and creating tables via the Database Model Diagram template, you may be surprised to learn there is not a way to build CREATE TABLE scripts from your resulting diagram.  The last release that supported … Continue reading

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