SQL Server Columnstore Index Performance Benefits

If you have a data warehouse and you frequently run queries using aggregate functions like SUM, AVG, COUNT, etc, you need to investigate columnstore indexes. I am going to show you some performance benefits that come from using this new (8 years old now) index type.

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Connect SSIS to MS Access ACCDB databases

Before Microsoft changed Access from .mdb file extensions to .accdb, SSIS would work right out of the box connecting to Access databases.  Due to the new format, you now need to download additional drivers on any machine that runs the SSIS jobs.  I am going to show you how to do it right now.

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SQL Server 2019 New Feature — Msg 8152, Level 16, State 14 String or binary data would be truncated. Improvement!

There are all kinds of new features in the new version of SQL Server 2019.  One of the ones I am excited about is the additional information you now receive be default when you try to insert data that is too long to fit into an existing field.  In prior versions you would get the message below, but you would have no idea what row or field was causing the issue:

Msg 8152, Level 16, State 14, Line 5 String or binary data would be truncated.

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SSIS Add Filename During File Load

When loading files into staging tables using SSIS, it is often helpful to include the filename during the load so you can verify where the data came from.  This is easily accomplished with a buried option which in my opinion should be better spotlighted called the Advanced Editor for modifying flat file sources.

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Installing SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition

Well, it is finally out!  SQL Server 2019 was released on 11/1/2019 and there are a bunch of new features and enhancements.  Today we are going to install the developer edition so you can see the new install screens.

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