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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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Adding Existing Reports to Reporting Services Solution

  • 13 December 2010
  • Author: briankmcdonald
  • Number of views: 16873


If you’re anything like me, you create a ton of objects and have them in various projects. And sometimes, you may want to include one of those objects in another project. This is often the case when you download an example from the web somewhere, but it doesn’t include the entire project. Some of my blogs include the sample that I created for the blog. I don’t include the whole project, because I have assumed that one would know how to create a reporting services project and then add my report definition file into the existing solution. I have recently been asked to show someone how to add a report to an existing solution and as such...I am writing this blog. So without further ado… let’s get cracking…


Create a new Reporting Services Project by loading up Business Intelligence Development Studio. Mine is under All Programs > Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 as shown below.

Start up BIDS - Brian K McDonald


Then click the CREATE: Project… button in the Recent Projects window.

Create Report Server Project 1 - Brian K McDonald


Select the Report Server Project under the Project types: Business Intelligence Projects. Name the project whatever you want, I would recommend something along the lines of SSRS_TestProject or something like that. Save the project in whatever location that you want and should you choose to have BIDS create a folder for the project, set that name accordingly.

Create Report Server Project 2 - Brian K McDonald


Now that you have a project created for test reports. Download one of my examples here. Extract it and then add it to the project that you just created. To add the rdl file right click on the Reports folder and then go to Add and then select Existing Item… as shown below.

Add Existing Item - Brian K McDonald


Navigate to where the rdl file is located and select it. Then click the Add button as shown below.

Add Report - Brian K McDonald


When you click the add button, a copy of the file is then copied to your solution folder and then included in your project. That’s all there is to it! Save this project and the file that I gave you because in a not-too-distant post (maybe a few hours), I will show you how to do something nice using this report. Stay tuned!


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Brian K. McDonald, MCDBA, MCSD
Business Intelligence Consultant – Pragmatic Works


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