Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Content Updates

We’ve just finished refreshing the following content assets to support Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit (May 2011 Update) SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights) PHP on Windows and SQL Server Training Kit (March 2011 Update) Please grab yourself…

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Enabling Great Self-Service Reporting and Analytics Experiences

No matter how many high quality reports you develop, your users will always want more.  They may want to change something on an existing report, do their own analysis on the same data, or create a brand new report altogether.  You have two choices: either you can spend all of our time meeting this never…

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Learn Data Mining Development Today!

Developers are good at building database applications that collect a lot of data, but what are you doing with all of it?  There’s patterns hidden in that data just waiting to be exploited! Did you know that SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services includes a rich set of tools, services and API’s for data mining? …

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Learn Dashboard Development Now!

Dashboards are a fundamental component of any performance management solution, and SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services provides a rich set of tools and services for building highly interactive dashboard experiences that can help organizations of all sizes monitor and analyze their performance.  This new unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a….

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Dependency Checker Fix for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

This post is for users of the following training kits and training courses: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit PHP on Windows and SQL Server Training Kit SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (SQLInsights).  If you recently installed Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 and attempt…

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Access SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cube Data With Familiar Tools

Now that you understand how to design and query Analysis Services cubes, this eighth unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights) on MSDN describes how to access cube data from familiar tools like Reporting Services, Excel 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Excel Services. Here’s an overview of the new unit:…

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Learn MDX Query Development

Now that you understand the fundamentals of SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services cube design, it’s time to learn how to query them.  This seventh unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights) on MSDN will introduce you to the basics of using Multi-Dimensional Expressions (MDX) to develop powerful queries…

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Learn SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Development

Developers worldwide use SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services to build comprehensive, enterprise-scale analytic solutions that reach users through familiar applications. If you have never developed a cube and you want to understand why you should, this new unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights) on MSDN is a…

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SQL Insights PreCon at TechEd North America 2011

Are you planning on attending TechEd North America 2011 in Atlanta?  If so I’d like to encourage you to register for a special pre-conference session entitled Build Your First Microsoft BI Solution with SQL Server 2008 R2.  This is a special one-day delivery of the popular SQLInsights content by the author, Peter Myers. This is…

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Learn SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Publishing and Access Techniques

Now that you understand how to develop reports, the next step is to understand how to publish and access them from your applications.  This fifth unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights) on MSDN will introduce you to this topic.  It also covers how to enable self-service reporting by…

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