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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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Restarting SQL Server using the GUI

  • 31 August 2010
  • Author: briankmcdonald
  • Number of views: 17667

Sometimes you may need to restart your instance of SQL Server. You should rarely do this on Production boxes, but in development or on your local desktop instance I restart my SQL Server instance fairly often. Here is the easiest way for those who like to use the GUI (graphical user interface).


NOTE: Do not test with this on your PRODUCTION server. J 


What you’ll need to do is RIGHT CLICK on the instance of SQL Server. If you want to do the stop and start all together, you can choose the RESTART option as depicted in figure 1 labeled 1. If you want to STOP it and then START it, you should choose the option to STOP the service shown in 2.


Figure 1: Restarting the SQL Server Service

Restarting, Stopping and Starting SQL 


If you choose option 1 or 2, you will be prompted with something like shown in figure 2 below. The wording will be slightly different depending on which option you chose. Click Yes to restart, stop or start the SQL Server service.


Figure 2: Are you sure?

Are you sure 


What these actions actually do behind the scenes is Restart, Stop or Start the SQL Server Service. If I chose to stop the service you would see something like that shown in figure 3 below when you open up the Services from within the Administrative Tools window or menu.


Figure 3: ServicesServices


The highlighted section is showing that the Status is blank, which means that it is not started. Upon starting the service back up (which could be done right here as well by clicking Start on the left), we will see that the status changes to Started.


And that’s all there is to it for restarting, stopping and starting a SQL Server instance using SQL Server Management Studio. In my next post, I’ll show you how to do this using a batch script that could then be scheduled or executed on demand.


Until next time, “keep your ear to the grindstone” – Good Will Hunting




Brian K. McDonald, MCDBA, MCSD
Business Intelligence Consultant – Pragmatic Works Consulting

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