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Best Practices for Business Intelligence Using the Microsoft Data Warehousing Framework     
Total Hits: 245  |  Today: 0Author: Microsoft Corporation      Rating:  
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Discover best practices and suggestions for working with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Analysis Services for analytic applications. These practices and suggestions have been compiled from answers to questions submitted by developers and customers, and cover topics ranging from dimensional modeling to designing OLAP cubes and writing MDX expressions. This is not an introductory paper....

Embedding SQL Server Express into Custom Applications     
Total Hits: 269  |  Today: 0Author: Robert Walters      Rating:  
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This white paper discusses how to integrate and deploy Microsoft SQL Server Express-based applications by using configuration files and the ClickOnce deployment technology in Microsoft Visual Studio....

Dynamically Bind Your Data Layer to Stored Procedures and SQL Commands Using .NET Metadata and Reflection     
Total Hits: 251  |  Today: 0Author: Atif Aziz      Rating:  
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One major inconvenience of using SQL stored procedures from code is having to match type information. You have to write long wrapper functions around the procedures just to expose the data types. In the .NET Framework, however, the reflection services of the System.Reflection namespace allow you to query rich metadata that describe data types. This article explains how to use reflection in .NET to end your stored procedure nightmares. The author creates four custom classes, including one that ge...

Retrieving SQL Server 2005 Database Info Using SMO: Database Info, Table Info     
Total Hits: 376  |  Today: 0Author: Jagadish Chaterjee      Rating:  
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This article is the second in a series focusing on retrieving SQL Server 2005 information using SMO along with Visual Basic 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. With the basics covered in the previous article, this one goes right into technical information....

Methods for Moving a Database     
Total Hits: 322  |  Today: 0Author: Ron Talmage      Rating:  
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Moving a SQL Server database from one server to another is simple-initially. But there are various methods for moving a database, and some have more advantages than others. Investigating the types of moves ahead of time can make planning for a database migration easier.

It takes essentially three steps to move a database from one server to another: take the database out of production, copy it to another server, and then bring the copy back into production. While you can choose from many m...

Database Storage with SQL Server – Part I     
Total Hits: 246  |  Today: 0Author: extremeexperts      Rating:  
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Database storage is one of the primary failure point in the database environment. Hence, making the storage architecture consistent and at the same time giving it maximum redundancy must be embedded within the design itself. When I call redundancy, I don’t specifically say implementing anything specific to RAID or SAN or other mechanisms. Redundancy must be achieved given your hardware and budget currently in hand – if it even means making just multiple backup copies at the simplest level....

MySQL Data Loading with Lookup Tables     
Total Hits: 185  |  Today: 0Author: Ernest Bonat      Rating:  
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Lookup tables contain, in general, a fixed list of data. This data doesn’t change very often in database business applications. Examples of this data could be a product list, category type, supplier list, state name, zip code, phone area code, etc. In Windows and Internet web business applications, most of these lookup tables are graphically implemented by using ComboBox, ListBox or CheckListBox read-only controls. These controls are loaded with data using two main columns, ID and Name. For exam...

Automating Database maintenance in SQL 2005 Express Edition Part I     
Total Hits: 240  |  Today: 0Author: Jasper Smith      Rating:  
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In this series of articles, I'll demonstrate a couple of different approaches to writing a maintenance utility that mimics some of the behavior of the sqlmaint utility that is included with SQL Server 2000. SQL Server 2005 Express Edition does not include such a utility, so these articles will show how we can easily create one ourselves using either TSQL or SMO (SQL Management Objects - the successor to SQL-DMO). Rather than dive into the code, these articles will demonstrate how to use these ut...

Database Restore Verification     
Total Hits: 435  |  Today: 0Author: Edgewood Solutions Engineers      Rating:  
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I have over night processes on a few different SQL Servers in my environment that are backup and restore related. I have used the scripts on MSSQLTips.com to check if the SQL Server Agent Jobs\Job Steps have run as well as the backup verification code. Some of the backup and restore processes I have written and others I have inherited. Some of the processes seem to be very reliable and others are not. I need a way to validate the restore processes have completed properly just like the SQL Se...

Best Practices for Business Intelligence Using the Microsoft Data Warehousing Framework     
Total Hits: 323  |  Today: 0Author: Microsoft Corporation      Rating:  
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Discover best practices and suggestions for working with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Analysis Services for analytic applications. These practices and suggestions have been compiled from answers to questions submitted by developers and customers, and cover topics ranging from dimensional modeling to designing OLAP cubes and writing MDX expressions. This is not an introductory paper...

Data Warehouse Design Considerations     
Total Hits: 289  |  Today: 0Author: Dave Browning and Joy Mundy      Rating:  
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Data warehousing is one of the more powerful tools available to support a business enterprise. Learn how to design and implement a data warehouse database with Microsoft SQL Server 2000.
Data warehouses support business decisions by collecting, consolidating, and organizing data for reporting and analysis with tools such as online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining. Although data warehouses are built on relational database technology, the design of a data warehouse database differs ...

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 as a Dimensionally Friendly System     
Total Hits: 253  |  Today: 0Author: Joy Mundy      Rating:  
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This document describes how the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Data Warehouse technologies map to the twenty criteria for a Dimensionally Friendly System, as characterized by Ralph Kimball.This paper maps features and functionality of the Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 Data Warehousing Framework to the twenty characteristics of a "dimensionally friendly system" identified by Ralph Kimball (1). These characteristics were introduced in order to provide "good metrics for what makes a system more dimensiona...

Using Partitions in a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Data Warehouse     
Total Hits: 237  |  Today: 0Author: Joy Mundy      Rating:  
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This article describes how to use partitions to improve the manageability, query performance, and load speed of data warehouses in SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition. Horizontal partitioning of dimensional schema, both in the relational database and in Analysis Services cubes, is addressed....

Use data cubes for efficient data warehousing in SQL Server 2000     
Total Hits: 833  |  Today: 0Author: Scott Robinson      Rating:  
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In the first part of this data warehousing series, I noted the structure of database storage for a data warehouse is very different from that of a conventional online transaction processing system (OLTP). The reason? OLTPs have many users and typically handle distinct data objects in any given session, whereas online analytical processing systems (OLAP) have fewer users pulling in much larger amounts of data. Therefore, from a design standpoint, it’s important to create structures that put relat...

Dimensional Databases: Building A Data Warehouse     
Total Hits: 629  |  Today: 0Author: Baya Pavliashvili.      Rating:  
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Building a data warehouse involves several complicated steps (some of which I described in my previous articles for InformIT). After the data warehousing architect locates all data elements necessary to support the data warehouse, it is time to build a dimensional model. As data change in transactional systems, the data warehouse needs to have a way of tracking and reflecting such changes. Populating fact and dimension tables can take considerable amount of time if the population routines aren't...

Data Mining For Database Developers - 1Rule     
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A Data Mining application for Relational Databases (RDBMS) including Microsoft® Access®, Microsoft SQL Server® , Oracle® and Sybase ® databases. The attached articles in HTML and Microsoft Word gives a detailed step by step guide to the development of a Data Mining application....

HOWTO: Access and Modify SQL Server BLOB Data by Using the ADO Stream Object (Q258038)     
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The Stream object introduced in ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) 2.5 can be used to greatly simplify the code that needs to be written to access and modify Binary Large Object (BLOB) data in a SQL Server Database. The previous versions of ADO [ 2.0, 2.1, and 2.1 SP2 ] required careful usage of the GetChunk and AppendChunk methods of the Field Object to read and write BLOB data in fixed-size chunks from and to a BLOB column. An alternative to this method now exists with the advent of ADO 2.5. This arti...

The Data Mining Cluster Analysis Algorithm     
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The goal of clustering is to divide the data set in predetermined ("K") number of clusters around the average locations ("means"), so the algorithm is also known as the K-Means algorithm. Like other techniques it is applied mostly on people, to discover hidden grouping that can't be noticed at the first glimpse....

OLAP Services: Managing Slowly Changing Dimensions     
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This article outlines several main types of slowly changing dimensions. After showing how an online analytical processing (OLAP) server operates when reading dimension members, the article then offers ways to handle these and other real-world scenarios using Microsoft® SQL Server™ OLAP Services....

Implementing Data Quality Through Meta Data     
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Data Quality is as important as data integrity for most every application. This article examines how data quality can be improved in a data warehouse through the use of Meta Data.
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