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Tips & Tricks with SQL Server
Performance Tuning, SSAS, SSRS,
SSIS, and More!
By Ike Ellis, MVP
@ike_ellis
www.ikeellis.co...
So you want to be great at SQL
Server…SQL Server Integration Services
SQL Server Analysis Services
Tabular
MultiDimensiona...
Tips From the SQL Consultant
• For the YouTube/Reddit/Chive/Cracked/Meme
generation
• Lots of disjointed tips
• Popular mi...
Tip #1: SSIS for the Color Blind
Tip #2: Five minutes on report formatting = 10x
more impressive
• Spend 10 minutes on design (as opposed to the
zero we ty...
Tip #3: The right way to find hardware
problems
• Merging PerfMon and Tracing
• Get the Batch and Completed Events Only
• ...
Tip #4: Lifehack: Readable
Presentations
• Take the average age of the people in your
audience and divide by 2: That’s you...
Tip #5: Check for heaps/clustered
indexes
SELECT t.[Name] FROM sys.Indexes i
JOIN sys.Tables t
ON t.Object_ID = i.Object_i...
Tip #6: The proper way to run an SSIS
package
Tip #7: No reason to use ISNULL 
CONCAT!
• Messy vs clean code
• No + symbol needed
• No ISNULL needed
Tip #8: How to search schema
• F7
• SQLSearch
– Free
– Download it!
– http://www.red-gate.com/products/sql-
development/sq...
Tip #9: Windowing Functions are
pretty cool
• They are worth learning, and have a neat
evolution
Tip #10: SSDT Search for options
• No more digging around in options
• Just search for everything
Tip #11: Scripting: You have two
choices
• Two Choices
– Get good at boring repetitive tasks
– Get good at PowerShell & Sc...
Tip #12: TempDB Configuration
• Current thought is 4 logical processors to 1 file
• Just a good beginning, your mileage ma...
Tip #13: Prettify!
16
http://extras.sqlservercentral.com/prettifier/prettifier.aspx
RedGate PlugIn for SQL Server Manageme...
Tip #14: Execute scripts over multiple
servers?
• Super easy!
Tip #15: Life is so easy with a
dates table
• Find the sales numbers for the first Monday of
every month of the year
• T-S...
Tip #16: Try_Cast
• Avoiding terrible casting errors
Tip #17: Never reinvent the wheel
• Take SQL# for example
• Good Documentation
• Easy Syntax
• Cheap (and much of it is fr...
Tip #18: Save scripts for easy
access
• Lots of repetitive scripts with business logic
• No reason to write the same queri...
Tip #19: Enforce Business Rules in the
DB
• Foreign Keys
• Unique Constraints
• Check Constraints
22
Tip #20: Log, Log, Log (and beware of
subscriptions)
select c.Name
, e.InstanceName
, e.UserName
, e.Parameters
, e.TimeSt...
Ike Ellis
• http://blog.ikeellis.com
• http://www.ikeellis.com
• YouTube
– http://www.youtube.com/user/IkeEllisData
• SQL ...
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  1. 1. Tips & Tricks with SQL Server Performance Tuning, SSAS, SSRS, SSIS, and More! By Ike Ellis, MVP @ike_ellis www.ikeellis.com Blog.ikeellis.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/ikeellis
  2. 2. So you want to be great at SQL Server…SQL Server Integration Services SQL Server Analysis Services Tabular MultiDimensional SQL Server Reporting Services Excel Data Quality Services Service Broker Performance Tuning Indexing Query Plans Plan Analysis Memory Management SANs Network Clustering Availability Groups PowerShell Master Data Services Architecture Data Mart Design Data Normalization CDC NoSQL/BigData (At least the MS Cloud Offerings) Competitive Knowledge (Oracle, Tablaeu, QlickView, Postgres) ORMs(Entity Framework, Nhibernate, Micros) Installation/Configuration/Upgrading/Service Packing Power BI PowerMap PowerQuery PowerView PowerPivot T-SQL Querying Stored Procedures Functions Windowing Functions Aggregates CLR MDX DAX XMLA BCP SQL Azure Tooling Redgate SSMS SSDT Past Versions Central Management DacPacs/BacPacs Profiler/Extended Events Auditing Security/Encryption Replication SQLCMD
  3. 3. Tips From the SQL Consultant • For the YouTube/Reddit/Chive/Cracked/Meme generation • Lots of disjointed tips • Popular mistakes I see or easy things I think you can take advantage of • Between 3 – 5 minutes each • Let’s see if we can get through all 20
  4. 4. Tip #1: SSIS for the Color Blind
  5. 5. Tip #2: Five minutes on report formatting = 10x more impressive • Spend 10 minutes on design (as opposed to the zero we typically spend) • Choose colors wisely – 99/100 - developers use the default color palette • HTML color picker websites – http://www.lavishbootstrap.com • MorgueFile – http://www.morguefile.com/
  6. 6. Tip #3: The right way to find hardware problems • Merging PerfMon and Tracing • Get the Batch and Completed Events Only • Never trace from the computer you are monitoring • Always trace to a file and then load in a table after. 6 *Thanks, Grant!
  7. 7. Tip #4: Lifehack: Readable Presentations • Take the average age of the people in your audience and divide by 2: That’s your font size •USE THIS SIZE IF YOUR AUDIENCE IS 200
  8. 8. Tip #5: Check for heaps/clustered indexes SELECT t.[Name] FROM sys.Indexes i JOIN sys.Tables t ON t.Object_ID = i.Object_id WHERE i.type_desc = 'HEAP' ORDER BY t.[Name]
  9. 9. Tip #6: The proper way to run an SSIS package
  10. 10. Tip #7: No reason to use ISNULL  CONCAT! • Messy vs clean code • No + symbol needed • No ISNULL needed
  11. 11. Tip #8: How to search schema • F7 • SQLSearch – Free – Download it! – http://www.red-gate.com/products/sql- development/sql-search/ – Did I mention it’s free? • Dependency Tracker – Not Free, but still cool
  12. 12. Tip #9: Windowing Functions are pretty cool • They are worth learning, and have a neat evolution
  13. 13. Tip #10: SSDT Search for options • No more digging around in options • Just search for everything
  14. 14. Tip #11: Scripting: You have two choices • Two Choices – Get good at boring repetitive tasks – Get good at PowerShell & Scripting • Who adds more value to their company or their customers? • Who gets paid more?
  15. 15. Tip #12: TempDB Configuration • Current thought is 4 logical processors to 1 file • Just a good beginning, your mileage may very • Start there, then go to 2:1 or 1:1 if necessary
  16. 16. Tip #13: Prettify! 16 http://extras.sqlservercentral.com/prettifier/prettifier.aspx RedGate PlugIn for SQL Server Management Studio
  17. 17. Tip #14: Execute scripts over multiple servers? • Super easy!
  18. 18. Tip #15: Life is so easy with a dates table • Find the sales numbers for the first Monday of every month of the year • T-SQL with no dates table • T-SQL with dates table
  19. 19. Tip #16: Try_Cast • Avoiding terrible casting errors
  20. 20. Tip #17: Never reinvent the wheel • Take SQL# for example • Good Documentation • Easy Syntax • Cheap (and much of it is free)
  21. 21. Tip #18: Save scripts for easy access • Lots of repetitive scripts with business logic • No reason to write the same queries for the same tables day after day
  22. 22. Tip #19: Enforce Business Rules in the DB • Foreign Keys • Unique Constraints • Check Constraints 22
  23. 23. Tip #20: Log, Log, Log (and beware of subscriptions) select c.Name , e.InstanceName , e.UserName , e.Parameters , e.TimeStart , e.TimeEnd , e.TimeDataRetrieval , e.TimeProcessing , e.TimeRendering from executionlog e join catalog c on e.reportid = c.ItemID Send a Link, or a file on a shared folder that you can audit. Find someway to audit who opened the link or the file in the folder. Try to avoid sending the PDF without a way to audit it.
  24. 24. Ike Ellis • http://blog.ikeellis.com • http://www.ikeellis.com • YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/IkeEllisData • SQL Pass Book Readers – http://bookreaders.sqlpass.org/ • San Diego Tech Immersion Group • Twitter: @ike_ellis • 619.922.9801 • Email address is just my first name @ikeellis.com

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