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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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SSRS Data Driven Subscriptions Cryptic Job Names

When you create and schedule a Data Driven Subscription for a SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) report a job is created with a very meaningless name.  The name is actually a uniqueidentifier and is stored as such in the dbo.Schedule table in the ReportServer database.  I was recently asked if it was possible to use the Job Name to identify the Report associated with the job.  After a little digging I was able to produce the following query, which associates the Job Name with the Report Name:


            s.ScheduleID Job_Name,

            su.Description Subscription_Description,

            c.Name Report_Name

FROM dbo.Schedule s

INNER JOIN dbo.ReportSchedule rs

            ON s.ScheduleID = rs.ScheduleID

INNER JOIN dbo.Catalog c

            ON rs.ReportID = c.ItemID

INNER JOIN dbo.Subscriptions su

            ON rs.SubscriptionID = su.SubscriptionID

The ReportServer database is a wealth of knowledge.  If you support Report Server deployments I recommend that you spend some time becoming familiar with the database schema.  If you have any questions or concerns regarading this topic please feel free to email me at

Talk to you soon,

Patrick LeBlanc, founder and

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