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Day: November 4, 2019

Merging Datasets in R with the Tidyverse

Anisa Dhana shows off several tidyverse methods for combining data sets together:

The semi_join function is different than the previous examples of joins. A semi join creates a new dataset in which there are all rows from the data1 where there is a corresponding matching value in data2. Still, instead of the final dataset merging both the first (data1) and second (data2) datasets, it only contains the variables from the first one (data1).

Most of this looks like standard SQL joins, but read through to the end for a bonus which doesn’t typically appear in relational database products.

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Scripting and Deploying Data with SSDT

Kamil Nowinski shows how you can script out and deploy data as part of your SSDT database project:

It’s a very common scenario when we have a database (project) and require some data in selected tables even in the freshly deployed, empty database.
Nomenclature for these data/tables that you can meet are:
– reference data
– master data
– dictionary
Which term have you heard and is closest to you?

By default, SSDT does not support scripting or deploying the data.
Hence: the question is: how we can cope with that?

Read on for the answer.

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Visual Studio 2019 and SQL Server Extensions

Tomaz Kastrun shows how you can install support for SSIS, SSAS, and SSRS with Visual Studio 2019:

Visual Studio 2019 brings new installation of SQL Server Integration services and SQL Server Analysis Services and SQL Server Reporting Services.

There is no need to download SSDT (SQL Server Data Tools for Visual Studio) as used to do with Visual Studio 2017 or previous versions.

Installation is pretty easy once you know where to look.

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Azure AD Logins for Managed Instances

Mirek Sztajno announces a new feature for Azure SQL Managed Instances:

We are happy to announce a general availability (GA) for Azure AD server principals (Azure AD logins) for SQL managed instance (MI). This feature allows Azure AD users to create logins in the master database for MI, grant MI server level permissions for these logins and create Azure AD users with     logins for individual MI databases.

Additionally, enabling Azure AD logins allow users to execute many MI features supported for SQL logins (see the documentation at the end of this blog).

Read on to learn more about this feature.

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RSExecRole Already Exists

Dave Mason troubleshoots an annoying error:

When migrating an instance of SSRS, I performed a backup of the [ReportServer] and [ReportServerTemp] SSRS databases from a SQL Server 2008 R2 instance and restored them to a SQL Server 2017 instance. After installing SSRS 2017 on the target machine, I ran SSRS configuration and attempted to set the Current Report Server Database to the existing [ReportServer] database I had already restored:

Read on to see the error and Dave’s fix. As I get older and more cantankerous, I realize even further the benefit of rerunnable scripts and repeatable processes. They prevent so many errors of this sort.

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