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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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PowerShell Training Resources

  • 2 April 2012
  • Author: Robert Cain
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OK, I admit it. I love PowerShell! It?s the way to go when you want to do automation. Not only that, it has the ability to hook into all aspects of the Microsoft tool stack. Not just SQL Server, but SharePoint, Exchange, Windows Server, and more. So here are some of my favorite resources for learning PowerShell.

A quick disclaimer, some of the links below are by co-workers or other people I have an affiliation with, financial or otherwise. That?s because I?m lucky enough to work with some of the best people in the field. Also, in the case of the books I?ve linked to the Kindle version where possible, mostly because I?m a Kindle junkie. There are paper versions of the books, and you are free to buy from your favorite retailer.


Windows PowerShell in Action, Second Edition ? If you are only going to buy one PowerShell book, this is ?The? book as folks say. It?s one of the two that gets referenced quite often. Note the prior link is to Amazon, where you can only get the paper (aka ?dead tree?) version. You can get electronic versions (Kindle, PDF, and ePub) directly from the publishers website.

PowerShell In Practice -  This is the other book in my collection that gets a good workout. Lots of great examples and easy to understand. Like the previous book, the link is to the Amazon dead tree version, you can also get the electronic version from the publishers website.

Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices ? So you want to know if you are doing PowerShell right? As it?s title implies, this book lays out best practices to help your PowerShell solutions succeed.

Note there are a lot of other really good PowerShell books on the market that focus on using PowerShell with specific technologies such as SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange, and Windows Server. The books I?ve listed above cover PowerShell in general.


Richard Siddaway ? This guy blogs more about PowerShell than anyone I know. It?s an invaluable resource for PowerShell. In addition he is also the author of PowerShell in Practice, listed above. ? This website is a treasure trove of resources. Indeed, it could have been put into all of the sections in this post as it holds not just blogs but free e-books, forums, and webinars.

Hey Scripting Guy ? Ed Wilson, author of the Best Practices book above, is ?The Scripting Guy?. Ed works on the PowerShell team at Microsoft and is very active in the PowerShell community.


PowerScripting Podcast ? A great show out of Atlanta, has a lot of information about PowerShell especially for beginners. The website also has a lot of useful links. I always learn something new listening to their show.

Get-Scripting ? If you are out of the UK you?ll appreciate this PowerShell Podcast. Has a focus on PowerShell with VMWare?s PowerCLI.


Pluralsight ? I know Pluralsight has a great series on PowerShell, as I?m the one who authored them! In addition Pluralsight has an extensive catalog of other courses you can pick from. It?s subscription bases so there is a modest fee (starts at $29 US per month last I checked) but well worth it for the training you can get. There?s also a free trial.

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