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PowerPivot for Excel Now 2012 Only

I’m not exactly sure when this happened, but it looks like Microsoft has moved past the PowerPivot 2008R2 and PowerPivot 2012 model and is now just offering PowerPivot on their website. Previously there were two options as I just mentioned with the 2012 version being labeled RTM. Now that the 2013 previews of the office suite are out there it looks like Microsoft is officially pushing...

Understanding the CDC State Value

If you are using Change Data Capture (CDC) it can be very useful to look at the CDC State table to understand what is happening. I am writing this in the context of using SSIS 2012 CDC components; in this case the CDC Control Task. The CD State can be very helpful to determine why data isn’t getting loaded right after an initial load for instance, which is when I decided to dig into the...

SSIS 2012 Change Data Capture (CDC) Control Task

Change data capture was introduced in SQL Server 2008 and has been pretty popular ever since. The basic concept behind it is that all changes (inserts, updates, deletes) are captured and the details made available in a consumable manner. This means ultimately that all changes will be written to a table you can query to see everything that has been going on. In SSIS 2008 it was a little cumbersome...

Preach The Gospel Always, If Necessary Use Words

I’ll be honest, I contemplated a lot about whether to write this blog or not for fear that it may come off the wrong way or just not convey the point I want, but here we are…in a hotel room typing away. In no particular order, just my thoughts as they come out. I’m not syndicating this particular blog just to get that out in the open, you will only find it here. I’m not...

Speaking at PASS Summit 2012

It’s about that time again, PASS Summit 2012 is right around the corner in Seattle, WA. It will be held at the convention center from November 6-9. This year will feature more than 170 sessions across 6 tracks from 90 speakers in addition to 2 days of pre-cons; and that doesn’t even include the sessions from Microsoft! I have spoken at a lot of SQL Saturdays, code camps and done a...

SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot for Excel Prerequisites Error

PowerPivot was a great new tool when it released several years ago.  Now the newest version is out along side SQL Server 2012.You can still install the 2008 R2 version of PowerPivot or you can try out the new 2012 RTM version.  There are some nifty improvements that Devin Knight has chronicled (Blog | Twitter). There are several requirements that are not part of the 2008 R2 requirements.  The...

Unsupported Features in Excel Services SharePoint 2010

Between SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 there were many new features that were added or enhanced.  There still remains a list of items that are either unsupported actions, such as workbook authoring, or unsupported features, such as cell comments. In Excel Services 2007 many unsupported features would cause the workbook to not load at all and have since had the behavior changed in 2010.  The...

Mirroring Support for SharePoint 2010 Databases

Like all systems built on top of SQL Server SharePoint 2010 needs to have a plan for availability.  There are many methods for configuring high availability, one of which is database mirroring. Other options, such as clustering will be discussed separately. Database mirroring is a SQL Server technology used for providing database redundancy.  It is configured on a database level, not the server...

Trim Functions in SSIS

In T-SQL there are many functions there to help do a variety of different things.  SSIS is no different.  In fact, a good number of the commonly used functions from T-SQL are in SSIS as well.  Here we will explore the different Trim functions found in SSIS. We will be using the test phrase ”      Test      ” to illustrate the three functions: LTRIM, RTRIM and TRIM. LTRIM (Left Trim):...

Excel Source The Output Column Failed Because Truncation Occurred

In an SSIS package you have the option to choose from a wide range of source from Flat Files to writing queries using OLEDB sources such as SQL Server. Often times, such as writing queries against SQL Server, the metadata will come from the table and you won’t need to worry about truncation in the source.  Flat files are scanned and metadata is chosen based on the file so those are usually...

Bradley Schacht

Bradley Schacht is a Senior Program Manager on the Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics team based in Jacksonville, FL. He has worked with Microsoft SQL Server and Azure data services since 2009 as a consultant, trainer, and architect. He has co-authored 4 SQL Server and Power BI books, most recently the Microsoft Power BI Quick Start Guide. Bradley enjoys solving interesting problems and teaching others to use new technology. He frequently presents at community events around the country, is a contributor to sites such as SQLServerCentral.com, and is a member of the Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG).

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