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«October 2015»

Data Warehouse from the Ground Up at SQL Saturday Orlando, FL on Oct. 10th

SQL Saturday #442SQL Saturday #442 is upon us and yours truly will be presenting in Orlando, Florida on October 10th alongside Mitchell Pearson (b|t). The session is scheduled at 10:35 AM and will last until 11:35 AM. I’m very excited to be presenting at SQL Saturday Orlando this year as it’ll be my first presenting this session in person and my first time speaking at SQL Saturday Orlando! If you haven’t registered yet for this event, you need to do that. This event will be top notch!

My session is called Designing a Data Warehouse from the Ground Up. What if you could approach any business process in your organization and quickly design an effective and optimal dimensional model using a standardized step-by-step method? In this session I’ll discuss the steps required to design a unified dimensional model that is optimized for reporting and follows widely accepted best practices. We’ll also discuss how the design of our dimensional model affects a SQL Server Analysis Services solution and how the choices we make during the data warehouse design phase can make or break our SSAS cubes. You may remember that I did this session a while back for Pragmatic Works via webinar. I’ll be doing the same session at SQL Saturday Orlando but on-prem! ;)

So get signed up for this event now! It’s only 11 days away!

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Create Date Dimension with Fiscal and Time

Here are three scripts that create and Date and Time Dimension and can add the fiscal columns too. First run the Dim Date script first to create the DimDate table. Make sure you change the start date and end date on the script to your preference. Then run the add Fiscal Dates scripts to add the fiscal columns. Make sure you alter the Fiscal script to set the date offset amount. The comments in the script will help you with this.

This zip file contains three SQL scripts.

Create Dim Date

Create Dim Time

Add Fiscal Dates

These will create a Date Dimension table and allow you to run the add fiscal script to add the fiscal columns if you desire. The Create Dim Time will create a time dimension with every second of the day for those that need actual time analysis of your data.

Make sure you set the start date and end date in the create dim date script. Set the dateoffset in the fiscal script.

Download the script here:


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Execute SSIS Package using the Stored Procedure in T-SQL.

  • 16 February 2012
  • Author: Anil
  • Number of views: 51251

Hello to all,

Well once again I am interested to write a new blog post and thinking on which topic I should write on then I suddenly came up with my mind regarding this Topic.

Also, this may be simply for one but for someone it will be helpful for those who don't know how to do it.

while working ,I build a SSIS package by using BIDS and we can easily execute it from BIDS project but all I want to do it from the the SQL query from SSMS coz I dont want to open the BIDS and execute the package manually while i am working in SSMS.So, after some research I found it can be done by using a store procedure called xp_cmdshell.

Generally, talking about this store procedure xp_cmdshell: "xp_cmdshell" is an extended stored procedure provided by Microsoft and stored in the master database. This procedure allows you to issue operating system commands directly to the Windows command shell via T-SQL code. If needed, the output of these commands will be returned to the calling routine.

so,to enable this we can simply run the script as:

USE master
EXEC sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1
EXEC sp_configure 'xp_cmdshell', 1
EXEC sp_configure 'show advanced options', 0

Alternatively, we can do it by using the “SQL Server 2005 Surface Area configuration” SQL Server 2005 onwards i think so.

Then ,You can run dtexec from the xp_cmdshell prompt.

The following example shows how to run a package called Package.dtsx and ignore the return code:

EXEC xp_cmdshell 'dtexec /f "C:\Package.dtsx"'

where the dtexec command prompt utility is used to configure and execute SQL Server Integration Services packages.

Also,if we need a return code from SSIS package to SSMS then,

The following example shows how to run the same package and capture the return code:

DECLARE @returncode int
EXEC @returncode = xp_cmdshell 'dtexec /f "C:\Package.dtsx"'

For this there might be a lot of solution but i simply like this method to execute the SSIS Package from SSMS by using store Procedure .

So,hope this might help someone. :)


Anil Maharjan

Categories: Analysis Services
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