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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Feb 25, 2015
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Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 11, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
Jan 22, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
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