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  • Enterprise Edition: Core vs CAL
    Enterprise is the Cadillac Tesla Model S of SQL Server editions – unbridled access to all the things YAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHhRR! Other SQL Server editions (e.g. Standard, Business Intelligence, Developer, etc) have limitations – on product features (e.g. no Columnstore Indexing) and/or hardware resources (e.g. can’t use more than 16 cores or...
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  • Choosing between Enterprise and BI Edition for SSAS Environment
    SQL Server licensing often finds itself at the butt of a joke amongst professionals in this industry. In case it’s not obvious in the dialogue above, Kendal Van Dyke (b | t) is being sarcastic. Yes, there is a SQL Server licensing guide…and while technically its much closer to 30...
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  • MDX Script: Calculated Members (vs Named Sets)
    In the previous blog post I discussed the benefits of defining MDX calculations in the cube (instead of in the query using the WITH-clause). The primary benefit was having named sets computed ahead of time (when the MDX Script is executed) and available via the global cache which greatly improves...
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  • MDX Performance Tip: Move Calculations From the Query to the MDXScript
    In the world of business intelligence, most people prefer to embed as much business logic as possible into the ETL and materialize it in the data model (i.e. data mart, cube, tabular model, etc). After all, if we can take the hit during our batch processing window – then that’s...
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  • Documenting SSAS Configuration Changes Over Time
    I hate documenting just as much as the next developer, which is one of the reasons why I spent some time last week (while on vacation…and by ‘vacation’ I mean ‘nearly breaking my neck snowboarding’ in Telluride) coming up with a method for dynamically capturing SSAS server-level configuration properties.  (definitely...
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