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SQL Server business intelligence toolbox

Deploying optimal Business Intelligence applications in SQL Server 2005 is becoming key to database administrators as the area of BI grows in importance. In this toolbox, we've compiled a handful of tools and expert advice to assist you in areas from boosting data warehouse performance to using snapshots in Reporting Services.

Deploying optimal Business Intelligence applications in SQL Server 2005 is becoming key to database administrators as the area of BI itself grows in importance. In this toolbox, we've compiled a handful of tools and expert advice to assist you in everything from boosting data warehouse performance to optimizing SQL Server Reporting Services.

 

Boost data warehouse performance   Data warehousing pro/cons   Speed CSV imports to Excel
Tune SSRS   Connect to SQL with Visual Studio   Problems exporting to Excel
Reuse datasets with SSRS   Unreadable snapshots in SSRS   Installing Reporting Services 2005
Build a data warehouse   SQL Server 2005 BI features   Management Studio for SSRS
Analysis Services 2005   MS Access 2007 integration   Problems with SQL Server 2000 RTM

 

Boost data warehouse performance
Boost data warehouse performance
Building and managing your SQL Server data warehouse is a massive undertaking. Edgewood Solutions' Jeremy Kadlec shares techniques to improve query performance.
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Tune SSRS
Reporting Services performance analysis and tuning
Analyze the impact of reporting performance hogs and get help tuning Reporting Services.
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Problems exporting to Excel
Problems exporting to Excel
SQL Server expert Eric Brown helps troubleshoots an issue encountered when exporting to Excel.
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Data warehousing pros/cons
The pros and cons of data warehousing
SQL Server expert Eric Brown explains the pros and cons of data warehousing.
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Reuse datasets with SSRS
How to reuse datasets with Reporting Services
Rather than continually create, destroy and recreate the same datasets to run a report repeatedly, get a trick to create the dataset once and retain it until no longer needed.
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Speed CSV imports into Excel
Reporting Services troubleshooting: Speed CSV imports into Excel
Reporting Services exports CSV files in a format not easily recognized by Excel, slowing the import process. Contributor Serdar Yegulalp explains how to fix this problem.
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Connect to SQL Server using Visual Studio
Connecting to SQL Server using Visual Studio
SQL Server expert Eric Brown provides some helpful information on connecting to SQL Server using Visual Studio.
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Unreadable snapshots in SSRS
Unreadable snapshots in Reporting Services
Generated snapshots only viewable once in Reporting Services? Permissions on the RSTempFiles directory could be to blame.
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Installing Reporting Services 2005
Installing SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services
Install SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services with detailed help from this step-by-step guide and avoid any potential hassles. Contributor Jeremy Kadlec includes the current service pack for the complete installation of this feature.
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Build a data warehouse
Building a data warehouse: Eight tips for getting started
When building a data warehouse using SQL Server technologies, there are some challenges you may face. SQL Server database expert Baya Pavliashvili addresses some of the most common ones and offers tips for getting off to a good start when building your data warehouse.
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SQL Server 2005 BI features
SQL Server 2005 business intelligence features
SQL Server 2005 business intelligence features bring reporting and Analysis Services to a whole new level. Learn about the improvements to application performance.
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Management Studio for SSRS
Mimic SQL Server Management Studio reports for Reporting Services
SQL Server Management Studio has standard reports that can be mimicked to appear in Reporting Services. Find out how to get the reports' source code to do so, and also how to add custom reports to Management Studio.
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Analysis Services 2005
What is Analysis Services in SQL Server 2005?
These Top 10 tips outline helpful features and give examples of this BI tool's functionality. Get the scoop on how to use SQL Profiler for Analysis Services, how to work with cubes for improved performance, what makes MDX in Analysis Services powerful and more.
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MS Access 2007 integration
Microsoft Access 2007 integration with SQL Server
Microsoft Access 2007 introduces new features to boost integration with SQL Server. See what you can accomplish by using Microsoft Access as a front end for SQL Server. In this tip, Serdar Yegulalp also introduces you to new tools such as the migration function that allows an Access database to be exported to SQL Server.
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Problems with SQL Server 2000 RTM
Problems with SQL Server 2000 RTM
Microsoft Access 2007 introduces new features to boost integration with SQL Server. See what you can accomplish by using Microsoft Access as a front end for SQL Server. In this tip, Serdar Yegulalp also introduces you to new tools such as the migration function that allows an Access database to be exported to SQL Server.
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This was last published in August 2007

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