"There’s nothing wrong with the SAN!"

Author: David Williams (Microsoft) Contributor & Technical Reviewer: Matthew Robertshaw (Microsoft) How many times have you heard the above from the Storage team, having looked at SQL’s wait types and seen PAGEIOLATCH_*? You know there’s something gone wrong with your disks, because SQL’s telling you so. But the guy/gal in the disk team isn’t having…

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SQL Server Page Life Expectancy

Author: David Williams (Microsoft) Contributor & Reviewer: Matthew Robertshaw (Microsoft) Ever wondered how volatile your Buffer Pool is? Keeping you awake at night? Page Life Expectancy (PLE) is the best indication of how volatile your Buffer Pool is (BP). It’s a PerfMon counter, found in the SQL Server:Buffer Manager PerfMon object.  Monitor it every 3-5…

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Using PowerShell to deploy Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Windows Azure SQL Databases

Author: Benjamin Wright-Jones (Microsoft) Contributors: Karthika Raman (Microsoft) Technical Reviewers: Guy Bowerman (Microsoft), Sanjay Nagamangalam (Microsoft) I have recently been exploring the use IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) to provide cloud-based virtual machines (VM’s) as opposed to laptop-based VM’s and also PaaS (Platform as a Service) for SQL databases.  I like the idea of carrying…

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Are your slicers disappearing in PowerPivot 2012? Always click on a PivotChart, PivotTable, Slicer, etc BEFORE refreshing the PowerPivot Model

Overview Over the past couple of months I have occasionally been losing my PowerPivot Slicers in Excel when using the PowerPivot 2012 add-in.  I have now managed to put together a repro for the issue and will outline this below. The issue has been reported via Connect, so should receive attention soon.  Until that point, this blog…

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Installing PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer without ClickOnce

Overview In some environments it is not possible to install Dashboard Designer using the normal process (i.e. allow it to install automatically when first opened from SharePoint).  Some Citrix environments for example have permissions that prevent ClickOnce apps from being able to install.  In these cases people sometimes look for alternative methods (e.g. using an…

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BI Service Applications in SharePoint 2010 – Authentication (Classic vs. Claims) and Identity Delegation (Kerberos) – Part 7

Author: Chris BailissTechnical Reviewers (Kerberos/Claims): James Noyce, Paul Williams Introduction This post is part of a series of posts describing the authentication methods supported by the SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence service applications.  Please see Part 1 for an overview of this series of posts. This post summarises the previous six posts. Summary The following table…

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BI Service Applications in SharePoint 2010 – Authentication (Classic vs. Claims) and Identity Delegation (Kerberos) – Part 6

Author: Chris BailissTechnical Reviewers (Kerberos/Claims): James Noyce, Paul Williams Introduction This post is part of a series of posts describing the authentication methods supported by the SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence service applications.  Please see Part 1 for an overview of this series of posts. This post describes how to test that user identity is being…

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BI Service Applications in SharePoint 2010 – Authentication (Classic vs. Claims) and Identity Delegation (Kerberos) – Part 5

Author: Chris BailissTechnical Reviewers (Kerberos/Claims): James Noyce, Paul Williams Introduction This post is part of a series of posts describing the authentication methods supported by the SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence service applications.  Please see Part 1 for an overview of this series of posts. This post describes how to test that user identity is being…

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BI Service Applications in SharePoint 2010 – Authentication (Classic vs. Claims) and Identity Delegation (Kerberos) – Part 4

Author: Chris BailissTechnical Reviewers (Kerberos/Claims): James Noyce, Paul Williams Introduction This post is part of a series of posts describing the authentication methods supported by the SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence service applications.  Please see Part 1 for an overview of this series of posts. This post describes my claims-mode web application – “claims”.  The functionality…

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BI Service Applications in SharePoint 2010 – Authentication (Classic vs. Claims) and Identity Delegation (Kerberos) – Part 3

Author: Chris BailissTechnical Reviewers (Kerberos/Claims): James Noyce, Paul Williams Introduction This post is part of a series of posts describing the authentication methods supported by the SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence service applications.  Please see Part 1 for an overview of this series of posts. This post describes how to test that user identity is being…

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