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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Extract code from your databases

Quick, you need to get all of the code for all of your stored procedures in your database!  All you need to do is go to your source control system and get them right?  What do you mean you do not have them, well here is how to extract them from the database so you can create a source control baseline.

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