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  • Jul 6, 2015

    AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 28: Additional Options for Tackling Jobs Failover

    Throughout this series of posts I’ve taken a somewhat pessimistic view of how SQL Server Agent jobs are managed within most organizations – meaning that most of the code and examples I’ve provided up until this point were based on assumptions about how CHANGE to jobs is managed. That pessimism, to date, has come in two forms:...More
  • Jul 1, 2015

    AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 27: Options and Concerns for More Advanced Deployments

    In this series of posts I’ve called out some of the concerns related to SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups and their interaction with SQL Server Agent jobs – both in the form of Batch Jobs (see post #3) and backups....More
  • Jun 10, 2015

    AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 26: Using Master Servers for Job Administration

    When I initially decided to write about AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, I knew I’d have a bunch of different posts on a variety of different topics. To that end, I initially planned on this series of posts being comprised of 3 main parts:...More
  • Jun 1, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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Nov 3, 2015

Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time....More
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
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