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14 April 2010
14 April 2010

Consolidating SQL Server Error Logs from Multiple Instances Using SSIS

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SQL Server hides a lot of very useful information in its error log files. Unfortunately, the process of hunting through all these logs, file-by-file, server-by-server, can cause a problem. Rodney Landrum offers a solution which will allow you to pull error log records from multiple servers into a central database, for analysis and reporting with T-SQL.… Read more
09 February 2010
09 February 2010

Using VMware vCenter Update Manager to keep your vSphere Hosts Up-To-Date with Patching

The chore of patching operating systems and applications is taking an increasing proportion of the time of a system administrator, so it is a a relief that at least VMware is keen to make the task easier. VMware provide a tool in vCenter Update Manager to assist in keeping VMware up to date. Jonathan Medd explains all.… Read more
07 July 2009
07 July 2009

Working with Precedence Constraints in SQL Server Integration Services

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In SSIS, tasks are linked by precedence constraints. A task will only execute if the condition that is set by the precedence constraint┬ápreceding the task is met. By using these constraints, it is possible to ensure different execution paths depending on the success or failure of other tasks. This means that you can use tasks with precedence constraints to determine the workflow of an SSIS package. We challenged Rob Sheldon to provide a straightforward practical example of how to do it. … Read more
05 June 2008
05 June 2008

Using SSIS to monitor SQL Server Databases

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Rodney Landrum is a DBA who manages over eighty SQL Servers. It is a job that requires a great deal of ingenuity. He needed a way of knowing if there were signs of trouble anywhere in his servers. Here he describes how the use of SSIS saved him a great deal of time in getting a monitoring system in place and working… Read more
01 May 2007
01 May 2007

How to Read Raw Files in SSIS

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If you’ve ever used SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS), you will have come across raw files. Microsoft introduced them with SSIS as a mechanism for storing data on the local file system. The design of raw files enables data to be written very quickly but, unfortunately, to achieve this performance Microsoft has used a … Read more
05 September 2005
05 September 2005

Debugger visualizers

Debugging is an important process for any level of programming to ensure programs function as expected. Most productive developer environments provide tools and utilities to assist with the debugging process. Visual Studio.NET 2005 is equipped with a number of debugger visualizers, but users can also create their own based on an individual project.… Read more