Tyler Chessman

Tyler
Chessman

Tyler Chessman is a technology specialist for Microsoft, helping customers evaluate and adopt Microsoft's business intelligence (BI) platform. He's the author of the book Understanding the United States Debt (CreateSpace).

Articles
How to Manually Enable the Collection of SharePoint Usage Data
To monitor PowerPivot for SharePoint, PerformancePoint Services, and Excel Services, you need to enable SharePoint's collection of usage data. If this functionality isn't already enabled, here's how you can manually enable it.
Monitoring SQL Server and SharePoint BI Components 1
Get a better understanding of how to monitor the performance and usage of the business intelligence (BI) components available through SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint 2010.
Delivering BI through SQL Server and SharePoint
Find out how the technologies in SQL Server and SharePoint can work together to deliver business intelligence in organizations.
What's New in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot
Learn about the key new capabilities in the PowerPivot for Excel 2010 add-in and some related enhancements in PowerPivot for SharePoint.
Introducing Microsoft Power View 1
Power View is an easy-to-use business intelligence (BI) tool that helps people make sense of their data.
Introducing PowerPivot for SharePoint
Traditionally, the business intelligence (BI) process has been heavily dependent on IT’s involvement. PowerPivot breaks with tradition by giving end users the tools they need to own some or all of the process.
Backup Basics for SQL Server Analysis Services 1
As your SSAS databases become increasingly important, they should also become part of your backup strategy. Here’s how to preserve this crucial data.
A Walkthrough of PowerPivot for Excel 2010
Learn how to use the key capabilities of PowerPivot for Excel to load, model, and analyze data in Excel without assistance from IT.
Optimizing Time-Based Calculations in SSAS 2
Although several approaches to time-based calculations for SSAS already exist, they have shortcomings. Here's a novel approach that overcomes the shortcomings and provides end users with calculations that are flexible, easy to use, and efficient.
The Concepts Behind Time Calculations in SSAS 1
The built-in MDX functions such as PrevMember and ParallelPeriod might seem in of themselves sufficient for integrating time-based calculations in cubes, but there are shortcomings you need to know about.
SQL Server Reporting Services Questions Answered 6
Use these techniques and sample reports to get answers to your most frequently asked reporting questions.
Using the MapPoint Web Service to Fix a Bug in AdventureWorks2008
See how a new application uses geocoding to fix some AdventureWorks2008 spatial values
JavaScript Development
Learn about two solutions that make writing JavaScript easier
Integrating SQL Server 2008 Spatial Capabilities with Microsoft Virtual Earth
See how to put the SQL Server 2008 GEOGRAPHY and GEOMETRY data types to work in your applications.
SSIS Logging and Data Auditing
Use Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) to customize package logging.

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May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
Apr 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 22: Executing Backups

Ultimately, there are a number of ways that DBAs can regularly create backups of their databases. Some of the more common options for managing backups include:...More
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