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Day: April 6, 2023

Troubleshooting Azure Synapse Link for SQL Server Issues

Kevin Chant diagnoses an issue:

In this post I want to cover common Azure Synapse Link for SQL storage permission issues. Since I helped a fellow MVP out with this recently.

To be more precise, I want to show how you can fix one of the most common issues I tend to encounter with Azure Synapse Link for SQL. Which is access to the Data Lake Storage Gen2 account.

I have encountered issues like this a few times now. For example, when I was performing my file tests for Azure Synapse Link for SQL Server 2022.

Click through to learn more about a couple of common issues, their causes, and resolutions.

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Azure Synapse Analytics March 2023 Update

Ryan Majidimehr has an update for us:

We are excited to announce that Multi-Column Distribution (MCD) for Azure Synapse Dedicated SQL pools is now Generally Available! MCD is highly desirable for easing migrations, promotes faster query performance, and reduces data skew. 

You can choose to distribute data on multiple columns to balance the data distribution in your tables and reduce data movement during query execution. Multi-Column distribution will allow you to choose up to eight columns for distribution. 

Click through for the full list of changes. It seems like there’s a decent spread between the four major pool types, with the emphasis on Data Explorer pools this month.

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PolyBase Generic ODBC Bug in 2019 CU19 and 2022 CU2

Nathan Schoenack warns us of a bug in SQL Server:

After you install SQL Server 2019 CU19 or SQL Server 2022 CU2, external data sources using generic ODBC connector may no longer work. When you try to query external tables that were created before installing the cumulative update, you receive the following error message:

Msg 7320, Level 16, State 110, Line 68

Cannot execute the query “Remote Query” against OLE DB provider “MSOLEDBSQL” for linked server “(null)”. Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

If you try to create a new external table, you receive the following error message:

Msg 110813, Level 16, State 1, Line 64

Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Click through to learn the cause of the issue and a workaround to resolve it.


Pattern Searches on Numbers

Erik Darling does an odd search:

Most of the time, it’s some query that looks like this:


c = COUNT_BIG(*)

FROM dbo.Posts AS p

WHERE p.OwnerUserId LIKE ‘2265%’

The cruddy thing here is that… SQL Server doesn’t handle this well.

At first, my thought was, “Why not just use an inequality operator like p.OwnerUserID >= 22650000 AND p.OwnerUserID < 22660000 but then I remembered that we’re probably dealing with multiple orders of magnitude here and the whole thing made my head hurt a little.

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Managing Report-Specific Objects in Power BI Datasets

Kurt Buhler takes us through some report-specific objects and how we can use them effectively:

These last examples are report-specific objects. They allow flexibility and customization of report visuals. However, report-specific objects create challenges for developers and end-users using the model to create new content. These objects typically only work with specific client tools, visuals or evaluation contexts. In the wrong scenario, they produce incorrect or confusing results. Further, they can quickly overwhelm or pollute the model, confusing the person using it. Even when hiding these objects, they still appear in intellisense when typing DAX. They can also be revealed by right-clicking the “fields pane” in Power BI Desktop and selecting “view hidden”. Because of this, report-specific objects can hurt both the sustainability and adoption of your dataset. How can we use and benefit from report-specific objects, while preventing them from making a model that’s hard to use?

Click through to learn more.

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Ranking Functions in SQL Server

Chad Callihan gets things sorted:

Have you ever needed a Top 10 list? It may sound like a simple task but not all lists are the same. Consider records where there are ties. Does that mean you need more than 10 records? If two records tie for first does that mean the third record is considered to be ranked second? No matter what type of list you need, SQL Server can help you find your way.

Click through for an overview of three of the four ranking functions in SQL Server. Poor NTILE().

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