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SqlBulkCopy bug with tablename containg dots

I’m trying to use SqlBulkCopy removing a C++ DLL I wrote two years ago to create staging tables in SQL Server from remote databases, dynamically creating queries to get data basing on table structure I defined into the staging database. This tool helped  Read more

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Microsoft acquires ProClarity

The news is that Microsoft announced it has agreed to acquire ProClarity . Now a decent client for Analysis Services 2005 will be available from Microsoft, and I hope that a new commercial licensing scheme will allow to small companies to get a mixed  Read more

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Memory configuration (no pitfalls!) in SSAS

I recently had some problem with memory configuration of SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and I’d like to share lessons I got. This post is a replacement for my previous post , that I striked to keep history of some bad assumptions I initially made.  Read more

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Memory configuration pitfalls in SSAS

I recently discovered a few pitfalls on memory configuration of SQL Server Analysis Services 2005: the main problem is that the default configuration (written by setup) doesn’t consider the actual physical resources (mainly RAM) of your server and this  Read more

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Excel 2003 OLAP customization with VSTO

Thanks to Romeo Pruno , I just discovered a sample of Excel 2003 customization to access OLAP data through task panes. While this article deserves to be read, I think that client customization is a sort of “last resort”, to be applied only for particular  Read more

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Report Builder trouble filtering date with UDM

Thanks to a blog reader, I just discovered that if you create a Report Builder Model from a UDM and try to create a report filtering a date field, the date you specify in the filter dialog box is inverted (months with days) when the MDX query is generated.  Read more

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Post SP4 hotfixes for Analysis Services 2000

I just discovered that some weeks ago Microsoft released a cumulative upgrades of hotfixes for Analysis Services 2000 released after SP4. I have to say that I noted AS 2000 is less stable after SP4 intallation (I can say that after months of use) and  Read more

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Alternative approach for SCD dimensions in SSIS?

Tonight I’ve studied how to improve performance of SCD transformation task of SSIS. I started from the consideration that in an actual SSIS package, the dimension processing is at least one magnitude slower than fact table processing; most of the time  Read more

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CalendarTransform component for SSIS

I just downloaded and tried the CalendarTransform component for SSIS that Microsoft realesed with a shared source permissive license . It’s a useful data flow transformation component that is able to generate apparently all of the attributes you can desire  Read more