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Why Won't My .dbf Destination Work

This past week I ran into an issue where I needed to use a .dbf destination in my SSIS package. All was going well; I set up the destination and pressed the preview button to make sure everything was great,...

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Prepare To Install Reporting Services

The first step in setting up a report server is getting Reporting Services installed.  There are a few differences between the process for 2005 and 2008.  On the installation side, if you do not have the IIS setting configured before...

Control Flow vs Data Flow 1

Control Flow vs Data Flow

After my first day of SSIS training my boss walked into the office and said to me, “how was the first day of class”.  To which I responded, “great!”  Then asked me, “so what is the difference between the control...

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SQL Maintenance Plan Doesn't Delete Backups

I recently created a maintenance plan for our server to backup all the databases on a daily basis.  In the cleanup step I set it to delete backups older than 7 day.  I let the plan run for a week...

SQL UPDATE Using a Join 0

SQL UPDATE Using a Join

You may need to do an update on joined tables to get a more conditional update.  For instance, I have a Student table as well as an AcademicStatus table.  The Student table contains all the students (profound, I know) and...

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Trouble Viewing Reports in Report Server

Have you ever opened your report server only to find a blank section of nothing-ness where your reports should be?  The solution to your problem is more than likely in the permissions.  The easiest fix for this situation is to...

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Saving Changes Is Not Permitted

Have you ever created a table thinking everything looked amazing and was designed perfect only to come back and need to add to it?  Maybe you need to change a data type, add a column, delete a column or move...

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Database Design

Designing a database can be a daunting task, especially on a large scale.  There are several ways inside of SQL Server Management Studio to do design.  You could create your database and right click on the ‘Tables’ node and enter...