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«October 2015»

Data Warehouse from the Ground Up at SQL Saturday Orlando, FL on Oct. 10th

SQL Saturday #442SQL Saturday #442 is upon us and yours truly will be presenting in Orlando, Florida on October 10th alongside Mitchell Pearson (b|t). The session is scheduled at 10:35 AM and will last until 11:35 AM. I’m very excited to be presenting at SQL Saturday Orlando this year as it’ll be my first presenting this session in person and my first time speaking at SQL Saturday Orlando! If you haven’t registered yet for this event, you need to do that. This event will be top notch!

My session is called Designing a Data Warehouse from the Ground Up. What if you could approach any business process in your organization and quickly design an effective and optimal dimensional model using a standardized step-by-step method? In this session I’ll discuss the steps required to design a unified dimensional model that is optimized for reporting and follows widely accepted best practices. We’ll also discuss how the design of our dimensional model affects a SQL Server Analysis Services solution and how the choices we make during the data warehouse design phase can make or break our SSAS cubes. You may remember that I did this session a while back for Pragmatic Works via webinar. I’ll be doing the same session at SQL Saturday Orlando but on-prem! ;)

So get signed up for this event now! It’s only 11 days away!

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Create Date Dimension with Fiscal and Time

Here are three scripts that create and Date and Time Dimension and can add the fiscal columns too. First run the Dim Date script first to create the DimDate table. Make sure you change the start date and end date on the script to your preference. Then run the add Fiscal Dates scripts to add the fiscal columns. Make sure you alter the Fiscal script to set the date offset amount. The comments in the script will help you with this.

This zip file contains three SQL scripts.

Create Dim Date

Create Dim Time

Add Fiscal Dates

These will create a Date Dimension table and allow you to run the add fiscal script to add the fiscal columns if you desire. The Create Dim Time will create a time dimension with every second of the day for those that need actual time analysis of your data.

Make sure you set the start date and end date in the create dim date script. Set the dateoffset in the fiscal script.

Download the script here:


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SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot for Excel Prerequisites Error

  • 5 April 2012
  • Author: BradSchacht
  • Number of views: 211

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 install instructions are the following with the first step being the new requirements:

There are plenty of blogs out there discussing the error message that says you need to install the proper version (32 bit or 64 bit) because you downloaded the incorrect one for the version of office installed. However, I installed both the prerequisites (.Net 4 and Visual Studio Tools) and still had the following error:

"Microsoft SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot for Excel Setup Setup is missing prerequisites:

This add-in requires the Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Tools for Office Runtime and the .NET Framework 4.0. For more information, go to "

Come to find out if you have both of these already installed and then try to install PowerPivot and get this error message the fix is pretty simple and one that is not listed on the Microsoft page about the install.

You have to install the components in a certain order:

  1. .Net Framework 4.0
  2. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tools of Office Runtime
  3. PowerPivot 2012 for Excel

The problem I had was installing the Visual Studio 2010 Tools, then .Net Framework 4.0 then PowerPivot. Luckily you don't need to roll everything back. Simply uninstall the Visual Studio 2010 Tools and reinstall them, this way they are put on the system AFTER .Net 4. I tried running a repair on the Visual Studio Tools about 4 times at different point after the .Net 4.0 install was finished with no luck. I did a simple uninstall and immediate reinstall and everything worked PERFECT!

So when setting up PowerPivot 2012 be sure to install in the order listed above.  If you do switch number 1 and 2 just uninstall the Visual Studio Tools and run the install again. Worked like a charm.  

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