Bob Pfeiff

Bob
Pfeiff

Bob Pfeiff is a database specialist with experience in data warehousing, business-to-business e-commerce, Web solutions, and application performance tuning. He is an MCDBA, an MCSD, an MCSE, an MCT, and a SQL Server MVP.

Articles
In Control with FOR XML EXPLICIT 1
Use SQL Server 2000’s FOR XML EXPLICIT mode to produce data in XML format.
Refreshing the Data 1
Part 3 of Bob Pfeiff's "Relational to Dimensional" series shows you how to periodically refresh the data in your data mart.
CAST e-Analyzer 3.8 Beta 2
CAST’s analysis tool lets you produce graphical views and reports of your application’s structure.
Building a Cube from a Dimensional Database 6
In a follow-up to his June 2000 article "Relational to Dimensional," the author shows you how to extend a dimensional data mart with preaggregated dimensions and a user-friendly interface.
Data Transformation in the Real World
In real-world data warehouse solutions that involve disparate operating systems, you almost never find relatively clean data.
Relational to Dimensional 8
This simple data mart solution demonstrates an effective way to pull operational data into a dimensional database so that decision makers can quickly and easily access business information.
The Investigative Tools
Whether you're a developer or a DBA, you need to become good friends with SQL Trace in SQL Server 6.5 or SQL Profiler in SQL Server 7.0.
6 Ways to Boost ADO Application Performance 2
Here’s how to troubleshoot ADO programming techniques that might be bogging down your application.
Behind the Scenes 3
Replication is built directly into SQL Server 7.0 and SQL Server Enterprise Manager; it isn't an add-on.
Merge Zone
Distributed data environments present a constant challenge. We'll show you how to configure merge replication to meet your environment's needs.
Access and SQL Server Interoperability 1
A development team uses SQL Server and Access to create an interactive Web application.
Navigating the PivotTable Service
The PivotTable Service is the client side of Microsoft SQL Server OLAP Services. It provides the layer that lets client applications connect with SQL Server OLAP Server.
OLAP: Resistance Is Futile!
Get ready for the OLAP wave by studying data warehousing tools and solutions. OLAP Services in Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 provides a rich tool set for building data warehouses that support decisions to optimize business processes.

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Mar 17, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 21: Assigning Backup Preferences

An option when creating new AlwaysOn Availability Groups is to specify Backup Preferences. It’s also something you can easily configure once the Availability Group has been set up as well – by simply right-clicking on the Availability Group and selecting Properties – then navigating into the Backup Preferences tab.  ...More
Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 6

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
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