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Tips on SQL Server, Integration Services, Reporting Services, T-SQL, and PowerShell


  • 1. Tips & Tricks with SQL Server Performance Tuning, SSAS, SSRS, SSIS, and More! By Ike Ellis, MVP @ike_ellis www.ikeellis.com Blog.ikeellis.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/ikeellis

2. So you want to be great at SQL ServerSQL Server Integration Services SQL Server Analysis Services Tabular MultiDimensional SQL Server Reporting Services Excel Data Quality Services Service Broker Performance Tuning Indexing Query Plans Plan Analysis Memory Management SANs Network Clustering Availability Groups PowerShell Master Data Services Architecture Data Mart Design Data Normalization CDC NoSQL/BigData (At least the MS Cloud Offerings) Competitive Knowledge (Oracle, Tablaeu, QlickView, Postgres) ORMs(Entity Framework, Nhibernate, Micros) Installation/Configuration/Upgrading/Service Packing Power BI PowerMap PowerQuery PowerView PowerPivot T-SQL Querying Stored Procedures Functions Windowing Functions Aggregates CLR MDX DAX XMLA BCP SQL Azure Tooling Redgate SSMS SSDT Past Versions Central Management DacPacs/BacPacs Profiler/Extended Events Auditing Security/Encryption Replication SQLCMD 3. Tips From the SQL Consultant For the YouTube/Reddit/Chive/Cracked/Meme generation Lots of disjointed tips Popular mistakes I see or easy things I think you can take advantage of Between 3 5 minutes each Lets see if we can get through all 20 4. Tip #1: SSIS for the Color Blind 5. Tip #2: Five minutes on report formatting = 10x more impressive Spend 10 minutes on design (as opposed to the zero we typically spend) Choose colors wisely 99/100 - developers use the default color palette HTML color picker websites http://www.lavishbootstrap.com MorgueFile http://www.morguefile.com/ 6. Tip #3: The right way to find hardware problems Merging PerfMon and Tracing Get the Batch and Completed Events Only Never trace from the computer you are monitoring Always trace to a file and then load in a table after. 6 *Thanks, Grant! 7. Tip #4: Lifehack: Readable Presentations Take the average age of the people in your audience and divide by 2: Thats your font size USE THIS SIZE IF YOUR AUDIENCE IS 200 8. Tip #5: Check for heaps/clustered indexes SELECT t.[Name] FROM sys.Indexes i JOIN sys.Tables t ON t.Object_ID = i.Object_id WHERE i.type_desc = 'HEAP' ORDER BY t.[Name] 9. Tip #6: The proper way to run an SSIS package 10. Tip #7: No reason to use ISNULL CONCAT! Messy vs clean code No + symbol needed No ISNULL needed 11. Tip #8: How to search schema F7 SQLSearch Free Download it! http://www.red-gate.com/products/sql- development/sql-search/ Did I mention its free? Dependency Tracker Not Free, but still cool 12. Tip #9: Windowing Functions are pretty cool They are worth learning, and have a neat evolution 13. Tip #10: SSDT Search for options No more digging around in options Just search for everything 14. Tip #11: Scripting: You have two choices Two Choices Get good at boring repetitive tasks Get good at PowerShell & Scripting Who adds more value to their company or their customers? Who gets paid more? 15. Tip #12: TempDB Configuration Current thought is 4 logical processors to 1 file Just a good beginning, your mileage may very Start there, then go to 2:1 or 1:1 if necessary 16. Tip #13: Prettify! 16 http://extras.sqlservercentral.com/prettifier/prettifier.aspx RedGate PlugIn for SQL Server Management Studio 17. Tip #14: Execute scripts over multiple servers? Super easy! 18. Tip #15: Life is so easy with a dates table Find the sales numbers for the first Monday of every month of the year T-SQL with no dates table T-SQL with dates table 19. Tip #16: Try_Cast Avoiding terrible casting errors 20. Tip #17: Never reinvent the wheel Take SQL# for example Good Documentation Easy Syntax Cheap (and much of it is free) 21. Tip #18: Save scripts for easy access Lots of repetitive scripts with business logic No reason to write the same queries for the same tables day after day 22. Tip #19: Enforce Business Rules in the DB Foreign Keys Unique Constraints Check Constraints 22 23. Tip #20: Log, Log, Log (and beware of subscriptions) select c.Name , e.InstanceName , e.UserName , e.Parameters , e.TimeStart , e.TimeEnd , e.TimeDataRetrieval , e.TimeProcessing , e.TimeRendering from executionlog e join catalog c on e.reportid = c.ItemID Send a Link, or a file on a shared folder that you can audit. Find someway to audit who opened the link or the file in the folder. Try to avoid sending the PDF without a way to audit it. 24. Ike Ellis http://blog.ikeellis.com http://www.ikeellis.com YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/IkeEllisData SQL Pass Book Readers http://bookreaders.sqlpass.org/ San Diego Tech Immersion Group Twitter: @ike_ellis 619.922.9801 Email address is just my first name @ikeellis.com