SSMS 17 was released today. This is a quick first look at some of the additions and changes that immediately stand out to me.
There are several best practices in Operating System Deployment (OSD). One of those is to use "thin" (or reference) images, which would only contain a patched OS and probably the (patched) Office suite of your choice. After the thin image is applied, you apply the software needed for the device, including such mainstays as Flash … Continue reading Why I Use Thick Images for Lab Deployment
I don't post about my speaking engagements frequently enough. I realize I should do better and why not start today? I will be speaking at SQL Saturday Birmingham 2017 tomorrow, March 18. I have a single session titled "12 things to know about Azure SQL DB." I got started with Azure SQL DB about two … Continue reading Speaking at SQL Saturday Birmingham 2017
I ran into this problem today that didn't take a long time to resolve, but took me a little by surprise. Most of my SSIS packages use the Lookup transformation component to look up keys used in source systems and match them to the data warehouse. When SSIS packages fail at the Lookup component, the most common cause is that the source system's key does not exist in the data warehouse and must be added first. This time was different, however.
While the particular scenario I am describing here is likely common only at educational institutions, for those affected, it is a major showstopper. This blog post details the common licensing and deployment practices for higher education labs and the particular conundrum it causes with Office 2016 and Visio/Project 2016. I am proposing two workarounds that could help and one I've included just for completeness. I am calling on Microsoft to address the issue with a real fix.
Just sometimes, my wife needs some IT help. The latest occurrence is when she had scanned a number of documents to a TIFF file but really needed every page to be a single PDF file. We're talking a few dozen files with a few hundred pages each - a manual approach was not going to … Continue reading Using ImageMagick to simultaneously split and convert a TIFF into multiple PDFs
How do you deal with errors opening a SQL Server table in Datasheet view in an Access Data Project when you have bad Extended Properties values?