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Expanding an Existing Azure VM System Drive

I have an Azure VM that was created back when the C: drives had an 30GB size limitation (which leaves maybe 8GB after all the OS files, Windows updates, etc). This present a considerable challenge when I go to install something that has to be installed on the C: Drive, like Visual Studio 2013. Finding […]

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MDS: A Database Error Has Occurred

I recently came across the following error message when I tried to look at the batches in the Integration Management section of MDS: 515: A database error has occurred. Please contact your system administrator Too bad I am the system administrator on that machine… Anyway, after some searching it came out the MDS stored procedure udpEntityStagingAllBatchesByModelGet throws […]

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Overview of Published Articles – 2014Q1

Since I write at different places – this blog, Intense School and MSSQLTips.com - someone recently asked me if I could provide an overview from time to time to keep track of all the published material. It makes it easier to follow and it’s also a chance for me to promote my material to readers who perhaps […]

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SSIS Performance Testing

I had to do some performance testing for an upcoming MSSQLTips article and I thought I’d share the framework I used in a blog post. First of all we have to log start and end dates of the package to a table so we can easily calculate the duration a package took to finish. This […]

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Continuous Javascript Testing with Karma

I use a continuous testing tool named NCrunch for all of my .Net code. In fact, NCrunch has spoiled me so much that manually running tests is bordering on painful. I’ve gotten used to doing absolutely nothing and still having the latest build results, test results, code coverage, highlighted execution paths for failed tests, and […]

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Nancy and the case of the camel

Did you know that there was a breaking change in Nancy 0.22? Did you check before updating that nuget package? If you answered no to the previous questions than you are probably me and did a booboo in production where you freaked someone else out, despite it taking them a few days to figure out […]

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Combine Azure Storage Analytics Logs with Powershell

When you have Storage Analytics transaction logging turned on, it produces transaction log files for each service call you make to blob, table, or queue service. Unfortunately it captures these in multiple files per hour, stored in a folder hierarchy by service (blob, queue, table), year, month, day, and hour. Trying to dig through these […]

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T-SQL Tuesday #052 – Why Back Up System Databases?

It’s T-SQL Tuesday! This month, Michael Swart has challenged us to argue against a popularly-held opinion about SQL Server. “Arguing Against Popular Opinion” sounds like the title of my autobiography. You’ve been told time and again to back up your SQL Server system databases – master, msdb, and model. I’m here to tell you it’s not […]

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Changing the 1000 separator in Power View

Recently I was designing a simple Power View report on top of a multi-dimensional SSAS cube. Out of the box, one of the tables looked like this: For readability purposes, a 1000 separator is added to the numeric value. However, the comma was used, as is common in the United States. In Belgium (and other […]

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Azure Web Sites Deployment and Unit Testing

The automatic deployment option of Azure Web Sites is really cool and demos well. A few months ago I was curious how far I could push it, whether I could replace more complex projects that I currently deploy from my build server. I had read a couple posts on unit testing during deployment, but so […]

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