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  • Jun 1, 2015
    Education

    Session 3: DAX Expressions  

    Running Time: 63 minutes | This session will cover the creation of advanced measures and analytics within the model using DAX expressions. We will use the CALCULATE() function along with various filtering, date, and table functions to create time analytics, percent of total, and other common functionality. We will also look at KPIs and working with hierarchies. During this session, we will discuss how filtering works within a Tabular model to create an in-depth understanding of basic DAX functionality and provide a firm foundation for developing complex measures using DAX expressions....More
  • Jun 1, 2015
    Education

    Session 2: Refining the Model  

    Running Time: 59 minutes | This session will cover the process of refining the data in the model. This will include setting various attributes of the tables and the columns to improve functionality. We will also create relationships and hierarchies within the model. In addition, this session will cover the creation of calculated columns and basic measures within the model. During this session, we will discuss ways to get the most out of your model by completely defining the structure and content of the model....More
  • Jun 1, 2015
    Education

    Session 1: Loading Data into the Model  

    Running Time: 68 minutes | This session will cover the process of loading data into the model. We will look at working with various types of data sources. We will pull whole tables, as well as use queries to pre-aggregate data as part of the load process. Once the data is in the model, we will begin to clean the model to make it as user friendly as possible. During this session, we will discuss best practices for creating a model that is easy-to-use and that loads and delivers data efficiently....More
  • May 28, 2015
    blog

    AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 25: Final Remarks on Backups

    In the last few posts (posts 19 – 24) I’ve covered some high-level concerns and reviewed some details about how to implement and manage database backups against AlwaysOn Availability Group databases. Most of the information I’ve provided was pretty basic or elementary – along with some additional guidelines for things to watch out for when managing backups. Which is to say that backups are never something you can simply take for granted and they’re never something you just take lightly....More
  • May 18, 2015
    blog

    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
    blog

    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
    blog

    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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Aug 27, 2015
blog

A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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