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  • sp_OAxxx are evil

    Today I've got a question from a student (I was teaching a DTS/AS course) that asked me if the use of sp_OAxxx stored procedures to launch a DTS package execution is a good thing (of course, in a production environment). My answer is very simple: never  Read more

  • Approaching SSIS (Sql Server Integration Services) from a DTS background one of the questions that comes to mind is: what is the better way to populate a fact table? Assuming you have a conventional star schema, you should have a fact table with two kind  Read more

  • SSIS has a feature I desperately wanted in DTS for years: you can use an external SQL file as a source SQL statement for the SQL Execute Task. Unfortunately this is not available for Data Flow Source component. I tried using variables to load the SQL  Read more

  • Useful webcast on MDX

    Thanks to Chris Webb I discovered this useful webcast about MDX tips & tricks (rightly named Common MDX mistakes & solutions). It's available even the whole transcript, so you can read it instead to listen after midnight :-)  Read more

  • I just installed the Reporting Services SP2 beta on my dev-test machine. I had to search into beta newsgroups how to install SharePoint Web Parts onto my SharePoint Services installation: to do that, you need to start a command like: stsadm.exe -o addwppack  Read more

  • A new version of BI Portal Sample is available from Microsoft. It looks good, but I still haven't tested it. Integrated with SharePoint and Reporting Services. Support of different localizations. It's not the definitive solution, but may be useful.  Read more

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