Your first BI SSAS Cube

Today we are going to create a very simple SSAS cube to show some of the useful things that you can do with Sql Server Analysis Services.  In production or a real world scenario, you would do much more planning and analysis, but this article will show you the steps that you will need to complete.  This is really the tip of the iceberg of things that you can accomplish with SSAS, so feel free to explore.

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Load multiple files with SSIS Foreach Loop Container

You just finished your SSIS project where you needed to load a CSV file into a Sql Server database table, but now you just found out that multiple files with the same data will now need to be loaded.  Using the Foreach Loop Container in SSIS makes this relatively easy.

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SSIS: Cannot convert between unicode and non-unicode string data types during import

Here is an issue you may receive if you try to import data from an Excel spreadsheet into a Sql Server database table:

 

Error at Data Flow Task [OLE DB Destination [23]]: Columns “firstname” and “FirstName” cannot convert between unicode and non-unicode string data types.

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How to install SSAS (Sql Server Analysis Services)

Many times you do not initially install SSAS when you build your Sql Server instance.  This posting will show you how to install.  There will be future articles concerning Tabular Models and the cool things you can do with them.

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Task Scheduler failed to start: 2147943785

Have you ever tried to schedule a task with Windows Task Scheduler, but it does not run?  Instead you get this friendly error message:

Task Scheduler failed to start “\Task Name” task for user “Domain\username”. Additional Data: Error Value: 2147943785.

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