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Modify Host File on Windows 7

Modifying the Windows host file can be a great way to ensure that you don’t accidentally modify production while doing development or just redirecting traffic on your computer. For instance, while at a client’s office I was able to access...

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View Flat File Contents Using PowerShell

We have all been there; you need to take a look at the data inside a file. Sure you can open it in Notepad if it is under 20-30MB, bigger than that and you may run into problems depending on...

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Exporting Data Using BCP

BCP, or bulk copy program, has been around in SQL Server for a long time. It is a great way to export large quantities of data very quickly from SQL Server. It can be used to export entire tables or...

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Color Expressions in SSAS Calculations

Color expressions in SSAS allow you to build an MDX expression to control the color of text displayed in a calculation. This property can be found in the Calculations tab of the cube editor when working in BIDS. Simply select...

Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 Beta 2

Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 Beta

If you follow anything outside the regular SQL Server world coming from Microsoft it should be Office and more importantly SharePoint. The two follow the same release cycle and as of today (July 16th actually) they have released a public...

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PowerPivot for Excel 2013

The preview for Office 2013 is live!! You can hop over to the Microsoft website and grab it here: http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/en/try-office-preview. Naturally I am eager to see all the BI features in both Office and SharePoint. If you have ever used PowerPivot...

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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...