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Day: July 20, 2022

The Basics of Network Tracing

Will Aftring shows how to put together a network trace:

I know it can be tempting to spin up WireShark and jump right into looking at traces, but asking questions is just as important, if not more important than the traces themselves. 

I usually like to group these questions into two groups: technical and general. 

Note: I will be using the terms client and server to refer to the sender and receiver. The client is always the sender, the server is always the receiver. 

Read on to get an idea of why we might create a network trace, what we intend to learn from it, and then how to do it.

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Data Sharing and Secure Cleanrooms in Databricks

Craig Porteous reviews a couple of announcements from Data + AI Summit:

Having worked with many organisations across different industries and sectors, the sharing of data with partners and vendors is always a pain point and one that all too often results in both parties not quite getting what they want or need. This isn’t restricted to my experience however which is why Databricks announced Delta Sharing back at DATA + AI Summit 2021.

Coming to this year’s conference, Delta Sharing has been established as the foundation for many new features with the announcement Databricks Marketplace and Cleanrooms for example, both built upon the Delta Sharing protocol. We’ll explore Cleanrooms below and I’ll look at the Databricks Marketplace in it’s own post.

Read on for Craig’s thoughts on two of the bigger announcements at this year’s summit.

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Updating a SQL Agent Job Step across Multiple Servers

Chad Callihan needs to deploy a job step change to multiple servers:

I recently needed to update the command of a job step for a job existing on multiple servers. Logging into each server to make the same changes can be time consuming. Thankfully, there are better methods.

Let’s look at a couple of ways to update a job step more efficiently.

There is also using a TSX/MSX arrangement, which would keep the jobs in sync as well. If the job is the same across each instance and you have enough cases where you need to think about this sort of thing, MSX is a good thing to look into.

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The Basics of Snowflake Architecture

Arun Sirpal lays out the foundation of Snowflake DB’s architecture:

At the most basic level, Snowflake has 3 important components. The Cloud services layer, centralised storage layer and the compute layer.

Cloud services – they call this the “brains” of snowflake. This is where infrastructure management takes place, the optimiser is based (cost-based), metadata management and security (authentication and access control) are handled.

Read on to learn about the other two layers and how they meet.

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T-SQL Tuesday 152 Round-Up

Deb Melkin casts a wide net:

It’s time to do the round up of this month’s T-SQL Tuesday entries. It was great to see so many people responding, including at least one new participant. I think there are a lot of kindred spirits here, as in we’ve all felt each other’s pain. (I know that I personally can relate to way too many of these things.) And I truly enjoyed reading everyone’s post.

Click through for the full rundown.

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Rolling Average and Working Days in DAX

Marco Russo and Alberto Ferrari combine two common business requests:

In a previous article, Rolling 12 Months Average in DAX we showed you how to compute a rolling average over a time period. In this new article, we want to take you one step further and show how to compute a moving average over a certain timeframe, that takes into account only the working days. We present two variations of the same solution: one that is optimized, relying on a calculated column, and one that – despite being somewhat slower – works without requiring a calculated column. The latter can be useful in case you need to define the formula in a live-connected report, where calculated columns are not an option.

Because the formula needs to account for working versus non-working days, it cannot rely on standard time intelligence functions. Indeed, DAX time intelligence functions have no knowledge about what it means for a day to be either a working day or a rest day. The NETWORKDAYS DAX function would not be very useful in this case, because it would introduce a slow filter to compute the range of dates that includes the number of working days desired.

Read on to see how they solve this one.

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Unresolved Reference to Object using Linked Server or External Table

Jose Manuel Jurado Diaz works around an issue with sqlpackage:

We used to have cases when our customers are trying to export their database using SQLPackage or Export service in the Portal having, for example, the following error message: Error SQL71562: Error validating element Synonym: [dbo].[MyView] has an unresolved reference to object [linkedserver].[databasename].[schemaname].[tablename].External references are not supported when creating a package from this platform. In this post I would like to suggest an alternative to export this data.

Read on to see what sqlpackage does not support, how you might solve it, and Eitan Blumin’s very good comment.

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Power BI Field Parameters and Measures

Roland Szirmai has fun with field parameters in Power BI:

Meaning that report users can switch between “dimensions” of the data. This is great and already provides a much better UI and UX, but there was no information about the limitations of what “fields” can you add to the parameter table.

To be more specific, I couldn’t find any limitation about adding measures (Explicit Measures) to the Field Parameter.

I think you can see where my mind wandered after that…

Read on for the result of Roland’s wanderings.

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