Man!!!! Why is the code to create a database snapshot so ridiculously complicated? Actually, I guess I understand why but how about allowing it to be done through SSMS and then setting a bunch of the parameters as defaults for us? Come on Microsoft! Help a SQL brother out! Well luckily, where Microsoft fails, I'm… Continue reading Easy SQL Server Snapshot Script / Proc
Don't you love how what should be a simple little tasks can become the most time consuming of the day? While trying to set up Visual Studio so that I could deploy directly to a development server I realized I would need the path to the SSRS ReportServer. Not the Report Manager mind you but… Continue reading How Do I Figure Out My SSRS ReportServer URL If It Is Not The Default?
Yay! There's a GUI to execute SSIS packages! Boo! It's really hard to figure out how to pass variables through it! You may have seen a message that looked something like this: TITLE: SSIS Execution Properties ------------------------------ DTExec: Could not set Package.Variables[User::MyVarA].Value value to Data Source=DevServ1. ------------------------------ BUTTONS: OK ------------------------------ Here are the three most… Continue reading How To Set Variables Using The SSIS Execute Package Utility
As soon as I saw this error message I guessed the problem was related to using a temp table. What was surprising was that the error message actually said this but I didn't realize it until by chance I cut and paste the message into another window. Look below: Do you see the reference to… Continue reading Troubleshooting: SSIS Unable to retrieve column information from the data source. Make sure your target table in the database is available.
This is one scary looking error message: SSIS error 0x00084005 "the parameter type cannot be deduced because a single expression contains two untyped parameters @x and @P1" It's terrifying enough to make you think maybe you should quit your SSIS development career altogether. But wait... What's this? Perhaps you're getting this message for the same… Continue reading Troubleshooting: SSIS error 0x00084005 “the parameter type cannot be deduced because a single expression contains two untyped parameters @x and @P1”
Dear SQL Server Integration Services Team, Would it be possible to get a more specific error message than "There are some mapping errors on this path"? Your friend, Phil The tricky problem with this error is getting enough information to troubleshoot it. Here's a nice trick for you: Run the package. Wait. What? Why would… Continue reading SSIS: There Are Some Mapping Errors On This Path – Troubleshooting
As more and more companies are moving to heterogenous environments with both windows and unix systems the life of the Microsoft SQL Server developer is becoming much more interesting. For our recent data warehouse project I was asked to create a SQL Server 2012 Integration Services (SSIS) ETL package to output a text file for… Continue reading SSIS Export To UTF-8 or UNIX (or how to set your code page to output a flat file for unix)
So, when a SQL Server Reporting Services subscription gives you an error message like: "Failure sending mail: The report server has encountered a configuration error. Mail will not be resent." You know exactly what to do to fix it right? Just fix the so called "configuration error". Problem solved! Another day another dollar. Am I… Continue reading SSRS Subscription Error: Failure sending mail: The report server has encountered a configuration error. Mail will not be resent.
So you need to change the owner of an SQL Server Reporting Services subscription? No problema. (Why would you need to change it you might ask? Perhaps because you have deactivated the user account that created the subscription and now "strange things are afoot at the Circle K", and if you know that reference please… Continue reading Change The Owner Of An SSRS Subscription: The Simple Way
Check it out my friends. You need to keep an eye on which accounts are creating your SSRS subscriptions. Why? Because buried inside the ReportServer database (with no way to change it from the front end) SQL Server Reporting Services is keeping track of this information. And when one of those user's account is disabled strange… Continue reading Preventing Failed SSRS Subscriptions: Which user created your subscriptions?