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  • SSRS Report Performance monitoring

    Today’s Frog-Blog top-tips are quite simple ones, but ones that I always find very useful. SSRS Report Performance monitoring. Once you start to build up a few Reporting Services reports, you need to find out how they’re performing, whether any particular reports are causing the server problems and even which users are running which reports. The following set of queries should point you in the right direction. They should all be run…

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  • Semi Additive Measures using SQL Server Standard

    One of the most frustrating limitations of SQL Server 2005 Standard edition is that it doesn’t support semi additive measures in SSAS Analysis Services cubes. This post explains a work around that provides similar functionality without having to shell out for the Enterprise Edition. What Are Semi Additive Measures? Semi Additive measures are values that you can summarise across any related dimension except time. For example, Sales and…

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  • Sky Anytime – Killing Kontiki

    I think it’s about time for a good old rant. Nothing to do with Business Intelligence, but… Anyone out there who uses Sky Anytime (and I believe the BBC iPlayer) will have probably noticed that they use a nasty peer-to-peer file sharing application called Kontiki, which they install automatically without giving you any control over. My problem is that I have a good 8Mb download speed but my upload is still a rather paltry 256K (I…

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  • Extract Datasource and Query from Excel Pivot

    Have you ever tried to reverse engineer an Excel pivot table? It’s not as easy as you would think! Whether you just want to find out the datasource details, or identify the query that was used, there is just no simple way of getting Excel to tell you. The macro below will loop through every sheet in a workbook, and will document the datasources, SQL or MDX queries as well as the page, row, column and data fields. To use it, add it into…

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  • Report Parameter Selection Memory

    This post explains a method of enhancing Reporting Services reports to make them more user friendly. I have been quizzed many times by end users who want reports to remember the parameter selections so that next time they run the report they haven’t got to re-select the same parameters. This is especially useful if there are a lot of long parameter lists, and each user tends to run the same selection frequently. This process is made…

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  • Open SSRS report in a new Window

    There isn’t yet a built-in facility within Reporting Services to open a report link (i.e. a drillthrough report) in a new browser window or tab, however it isn’t too tricky to get this to work using a bit of javascript. javascript:void(window.open(Destination,’_blank’)) My preferred method is to wrap this up into a custom code function such as Function OpenURL(ByVal URL As String) As String Return…

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  • Excel Addin for Analysis Services

    For any users of Analysis Services, if you haven’t already downloaded the Excel (2002/2003) addin you’re missing out. It’s a free download from Microsoft which significantly expands Excel’s cube querying ability. Well recommended! Get it here…

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  • Convert MDX fields to SQL

    A number of our customers have reporting systems that use both MDX and SQL, retrieving data from both OLAP and SQL Server databases. This generates the problem of converting an MDX field ([Dimension].[Hierarchy].&[Attribute]) into SQL Server field value (Attribute). The following code is a Reporting Services custom code section that will rip off the MDX and leave you with the value.     Public Function MDXParamToSQL(Parameter As String,…

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  • Chris Hays Reporting Services Sleazy Hacks

    It really wouldn’t be fair to kick off the Frog-Blog without a shout out to Chris Hays and his superb ‘Sleazy Hacks’ site. If you want to push SQL Server Reporting Services further than anyone else, then Chris will definately have something of use to you. He designed the RDL report language – the guy knows what he’s talking about. blogs.msdn.com/ChrisHays

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  • The Frog-Blog is open for business!

    Well, what can I say – the very first Frog-Blog post. Keep checking back often for new and (hopefully) useful info… Alex

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