For today’s post I’m channeling my inner Brian Kelley (Blog | Twitter) and talking about security, in particular Internet security. The post today is actually an email exchange between myself and my younger sister. She asked me for some general advice and I wrote a long response and figured I’d share it with you readers (which maybe you can in turn use to send to your own family seeking similar advice).
Business Objects on Linux and SQL Server
This is just a quick post to share a lesson learned while I was on an engagement where the client’s reporting environment was using SAP Business Objects (BO)running on Linux for reporting. We were doing a test to move the underlying data warehouse from another database platform to SQL Server 2008 R2.
As we changed connections over, however, we quickly ran into a roadblock. It seems when we tried to make a connection to SQL Server via BO we got the error of ‘Unable to bind to Configuration Objects WIS 10901’. What made this situation strange is that from a Windows box you could connect but from Linux itself, it wasn’t having any of it. After some digging around we found we needed a third party ODBC driver to make this connection work.
It was suggested to us by the folks at SAP that we use a third party driver for ODBC connectivity. We were pointed to drivers by DataDirect (NOTE: This is not an endorsement for said product, this is simply the solution we tried and went with. There are several third party vendors that offer Linux ODBC connectivity so please evaluate and choose what works for your environment). Have you run in to this issue before? How’d you handle it? Feel free to share your solutions in comments.
Speaking at PASS Summit 2013!
I’m happy to officially announce that I’ll be presenting at this year’s PASS Summit in Charlotte, NC! I’ll be presenting my talk “What is a BI DBA?” as a Spotlight Session (90 minutes). This is the second time I’ll have presented at the Summit and I’m honored and beyond excited to have a Spotlight Session so we can cover more material!
This year the conference runs from October 15-18. I hope to see you at the Summit this year! http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2013/
Magnify SQL Text with SSMS 2012
This is just a quick tip to help with folks who present SQL code at events such as SQL Saturday. While most presenters use tools like ZoomIt (which if you present, please please learn to use this wonderful, free tool) sometimes it can get nauseating for attendees to watch you constantly zooming in and out, especially on code.
A quick way around this is by using the magnification feature in SQL Server Management Studio 2012. To do this simply hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and with your mouse scroll the mouse wheel up to increase the magnification and scroll down to decrease it. Alternatively you can simply click on the magnification dropdown, which is located at the bottom left of the query window (by default) and select your desired level of magnification.
That’s it! Now you can quickly magnify your code to make it easier for your audience to see and you can reserve the zooming to highlight other areas as needed.
SQLSaturday #209 – Rochester
Just a quick note that I’ll be presenting this weekend, Saturday May 11th, at SQLSaturday in Rochester, NY. Exciting to return to Central New York as I graduated right down the road at Syracuse University. Go Orange!If you’re in the area come on down, should be a great day of training. Check out the day’s schedule (link), I’ll be presenting two sessions this weekend:
You can follow the event along on Twitter using the #sqlsatroc hashtag as well. See you this weekend in the Roc!