Friday, November 30, 2012

Power View for Multidimensional Models - Preview

Yesterday the public CTP on Power View for Multidimensional has been released by Microsoft!

In SQL Server 2012 RTM/SP1, Power View can consume data from tabular models, however multidimensional models (a.k.a. “cubes”) were not supported. The Power View for Multidimensional Models CTP addresses this key limitation.  Now Power View users can connect to both tabular BI Semantic Model AND multidimensional BI Semantic Model (cubes).  This is achieved through native support for Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) in Analysis Services Multidimensional models, ensuring optimal performance and functionality.

The SQL Server BI team blogged about it here. You can also directly download the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 With Power View For Multidimensional Models CTP.

If you have any issues or suggestions you can provide feedback via MS Connect.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Error on opening a database connection in SSMS

Yesterday I ran into an issue with SQL Server Management Studio (2012). I was using it on my laptop with Windows 7 installed.

Whenever I wanted to connect to a database I got the following pop-up and nothing could be done with the database I connected to. Opening databases or security also gave me the same pop-up with an error in Microsoft.VisualStudio.Platform.WindowManagement:

After a thorough search I came to an MSDN message that suggested the following:

Installing the redistributable already failed with me so I searched through my recently installed programs to see what has changed the last days.. This monday I installed Vault Client for source control, and after uninstalling this the problem had disappeared. I still don't know why this was happening though..

Thursday, November 1, 2012

SQL Server Days 2012

In a few weeks I will be attending SQL Server Days 2012 in Schelle, Belgium.

I already saw lots of good sessions and speakers pass by in the agenda: Jen Stirrup on Mobile BI, Chriss Webb on SSAS, Koen Verbeeck on CDC and SSIS..
Hopefully I can meet up with some new SQL-friends and add some to my SQLFamily :)

See you @ SQL Server Days.

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