By using a SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) package to pull catalog and execution log data from SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) instances into a central repository, you can easily run queries to obtain report statistics....More
With the Pusher and QueryPusher utilities, you can execute queries, create objects, and perform actions against a list of SQL Server machines without the need for SQL Server 2008's Central Management Server (CMS)....More
With PowerPivot, Microsoft is closer to its goal of bringing business intelligence (BI) to the masses. Learn what PowerPivot is and how to use its client-side components to create use a self-service BI application....More
The PIVOT operator requires an aggregate function to work. But what if you want to pivot data but not aggregate it? Although you can't remove the aggregate function, you can take away its effect. Here's how....More
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
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
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