[EN] SQL Server 2012 SP1 Cumulative Update #13 is available!

LOGO__SQLServer2012At the outtage of Azure time Microsoft released two packs wit Cumulative Updates. Both for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 but for different versions. In this post I’ll write about update for SQL Server 2012 with Service Pack 1. In this Cumulative Update No 13 /and still counting?/ {build no 11.0.3482.0} Microsoft fixed about ten bugs and here is the list.

VSTS BUG: 2369445 | KB: 2793580
FIX: An update enables you to exclude system databases from Query Statistics collection sets when you use the management data warehouse in SQL Server
Management Tools

VSTS BUG: 3074321 | KB: 2840657
FIX: Performance decreases when you stage many records in MDS for SQL Server 2012
SQL service

VSTS BUG: 3029598 | KB: 2994082
FIX: Error when you edit models for some groups or users in SQL Server 2012 MDS
Data Quality Services (DQS)

VSTS BUG: 3053494 | KB: 2995352
FIX: "No catalog entry found for partition ID <ID> in database <Database Name>" error when you use SQL Server 2012
SQL service

VSTS BUG: 3127645 | KB: 2997020
FIX: "An item with the same key has already been added" error when you review a report in SSRS 2012
Reporting Services

VSTS BUG: 3047505 | KB: 2998870
FIX: "The record ID is incorrect" error when you use DAX to execute query in a parent/child dimension in SSAS 2012
Analysis Services

VSTS BUG: 3242852 | KB: 3000494
FIX: The slides of a PowerPoint file that is exported from a PowerView report show blank when you open it in slider show mode
Reporting Services

VSTS BUG: 3153124 | KB: 3005300
FIX: High CPU consumption when you use spatial data type and associated methods in SQL Server 2012
SQL service

VSTS BUG: 3158657 | KB: 3008000
FIX: Error when you use Microsoft Office 15.0 Access Database Engine OLE DB Provider as data source in SSMS 2012
Integration Services

VSTS BUG: 3443831 | KB: 3013551
FIX: SQL Server is in script upgrade mode for a long time after you apply a SQL Server hotfix or security update
SQL service

 

This update could be applied to Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1, when used with:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Web
  • SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence

Microsoft has recommended to test all hotfixes before updating in production environment. More information about this release You can find with the article: Cumulative Update 13

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this cumulative update. If you use any hybrid technology, such a Replication, AlwaysOn, Clustering:  If you do not want to use the rolling update process, follow these steps in order to apply a CU or SP:

  1. Install the service pack on the passive node.
  2. Install the service pack on the active node (This step requests servicerestart).

If You want to go directly to download section jump to Request Hotfix Download Site where You can choose version (for both platforms: 64-bit and 32-bit) . This release is prepared as multilingual package. And here is the full list af all packages:

>>2012_SP1_DAC_CU13_3002044_11_0_3482_x64
>>2012_SP1_RSShrPnt_CU13_3002044_11_0_3482_x64
>>SQLServer2012_SP1_CU13_3002044_11_0_3482_x64
>>2012_SP1_PPExcel_CU13_3002044_11_0_3482_x64
>>2012_SP1_PPExcel_CU13_3002044_11_0_3482_x86
>>2012_SP1_DAC_CU13_3002044_11_0_3482_x86
>>SQLServer2012_SP1_CU13_3002044_11_0_3482_x86

Enjoy!

[EN] SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit Web Installer Phase One & Two-Fourth

In previous post I wrote about standard (just two-click technology) features from Microsoft® SQL Server® code name ‘Denali’ Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP 3) Feature Pack. Now I want to write about a little bit complicated (from the download/installation point of view) features. All are available from different pages, however all links You can find on general Page for Feature Pack HERE. Let’s play with they!

All features which I installed last night are not so big. Summarize all X64 Packages are about 146 MB in 17 installation files. The second part (look for all below) are for X64 Packages about  578 MB in 10 Files. Similar to previous post and next one in future almost all description are copied from Microsoft site. OK Let’s Play again…

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Step.01 | Master Data Services Add-in For Microsoft Excel The Master Data Services Add-in for Excel gives multiple users the ability to update master data in a familiar tool without compromising the data’s integrity in MDS. From within the Add-in, users can publish data to the MDS database with the click of a button. Administrators can use the Add-in to create new model objects and load data without ever launching any administrative tools, helping to speed deployment. With the Master Data Services Add-in for Excel, all master data remains centrally managed in MDS, while the ability to read or update the data is distributed to those who need it. | DOWNLOAD: MasterDataServicesExcelAddin.msi X86 Package or X64 Package

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Step.02 | PowerPivot for Microsoft Excel Microsoft® PowerPivot for Microsoft® Excel 2010 provides ground-breaking technology, such as fast manipulation of large data sets (often millions of rows), streamlined integration of data, and the ability to effortlessly share your analysis through Microsoft® SharePoint 2010. Microsoft® PowerPivot for Microsoft® Excel 2010 is a data analysis tool that delivers unmatched computational power directly within the software users already know and love — Microsoft® Excel. You can transform mass quantities of data with incredible speed into meaningful information to get the answers you need in seconds. You can effortlessly share your findings with others | DOWNLOAD: PowerPivot_for_Excel.msi X86 Package or X64 Package and README

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Step.03 | Report Builder Report Builder provides a productive report-authoring environment for IT professionals and power users. It supports the full capabilities of SQL Server code name ‘Denali’ CTP 3 Reporting Services. The download provides a stand-alone installer for Report Builder. Report Builder provides data visualizations that include charts, maps, sparklines, and data bars that can help produce new insights well beyond what can be achieved with standard tables and charts. Use Report Builder to create reports and shared datasets. Publish report parts, and then browse the Report Part Gallery to reuse existing report parts as building blocks for creating new reports quickly with a “grab and go” experience. | DOWNLOAD: ReportBuilder3.msi X86 Package (ONLY 32bit!!)

After installation of Excel Addins: Power Pivot, Reporting Services and Master Data You worksheet will change for this:

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Nice tabs isn’t? Load Test, PowerPivot, MasterData and Team. One exeption: almost all addins requires You special configuration, so chect documentations.

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Step.04 | Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Technologies The Microsoft SQL Server code name ‘Denali’, Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP 3) Reporting Services Add-in for SharePoint Products is a Web download that integrates Reporting Services report server with a deployment of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 products. The Reporting Services Add-in provides the following functionality: >> Interactive data exploration and visualization >> Open/save reports in Report Builder from a SharePoint library >> A Report Viewer Web Part >>Web pages for create  manage reports and data sources >> Support for standard SharePoint Foundation 2010 / Server 2010 >> ability to use SharePoint permission levels and roles to control access to report server content. | DOWNLOAD: rsSharePoint.msi X64 Package (in oposite to Report Builder ONLY 364bit!!)

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Step.04 | SQL Server Compact 4.0 Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0 is a free, embedded database that software developers can use for building ASP.NET websites and Windows desktop applications. SQL Server Compact 4.0 has a small footprint and supports private deployment of its binaries within the application folder, easy application development in Visual Studio and WebMatrix, and seamless migration of schema and data to SQL Server. | DOWNLOAD: SSCERuntime_-ENU.msi X86 Package or X64 Package

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Step.05a | Microsoft Drivers 3.0 for SQL Server for PHP CTP1 The Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server are PHP 5 extensions that allows for the reading and writing of SQL Server data from within PHP scripts. The SQLSRV extension provides a procedural interface while the PDO_SQLSRV extension implements PDO for accessing data in all editions of SQL Server 2005 and later. | DOWNLOAD: SQLSRV30.EXE X86 Package 

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Step.05b | …PHP CTP1 The major improvement in the version 3.0 CTP1 release is support for SQL Server Codename "Denali" features including: LocalDB and AlwaysOn. Additionally, support for Buffered Queries was added. This release is available to all SQL Server users at no additional charge. Please read carrefuly: It’s still version for SQL Server CodeName DENALI CTP1 and agreements are not very new: Apache License are from January 2004.

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Step.06a | Microsoft® SQL Server® StreamInsight 1.2 Microsoft® StreamInsight is a platform that enables the continuous and incremental processing of unbounded sequences of events (event streams) from multiple sources with near-zero latency. These requirements, shared by vertical markets such as manufacturing, oil and gas, utilities, financial services, health care, web analytics, and IT and data center monitoring, make traditional store and query techniques impractical for event driven, timely and relevant processing of data. The ability to monitor, analyze and act on data in motion provides significant opportunity to make more informed business decisions in near real-time

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Step.06b | We should read agreement and must accept it (of course) These are the new features in StreamInsight 1.2: >> Resiliency against planned and unplanned downtime through checkpointing. >> Better support for predictive modeling and pattern matching scenarios through new user-defined stream operators. >> Improved administrator experience through performance counters. >>  Improved administrator experience through the administrative event log. >> Improved development experience through support for nested event type structures and additional LINQ expressions. With the installation precess we have four files, one for server and one for client both for two platforms: DOWNLOAD: StreamInsight.msi X86 Package or X64 Package and DOWNLOAD: StreamInsightClient.msi X86 Package or X64 Package

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Step.06c | Name and Company are important but not too much. What is Client version of StreamInsight? The Microsoft® StreamInsight Client package installs a subset of Microsoft® StreamInsight which lets you implement only the client side functionality: Connecting to an existing StreamInsight server, managing queries, and using the debugger tool. It does not support running an embedded server or creating a StreamInsight service. The installation of the Microsoft® StreamInsight Client does not need a product key.

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Step.06d | We can create instance on the installation process or later. We must create separate instance for data store in future. Why? For performance, especially when we will work with StreamInsight with typical data: · Process monitoring i.e. scheduling, control, and inventory including processing such as RFID, bar codes, process monitoring at oil and gas refinery · Financial algorithmic trading, compliance monitoring, fraud detection, risk management · Click stream analysis on websites , context sensitive navigation and ad-delivery model · Utility grid monitoring – demand from meters and supply from generation units combined with energy trading · Patient Monitoring (Healthcare) · Network traffic monitoring, security intrusion detection · IT monitoring · Telecom network monitoring · Anomaly detection

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Step.06e | Choosing Evaluation or Production Edition. For testing we can choose defaul option: Evaluation Edition. For Production Environment we choosing “Product-Key” Version. Please remember about availability for SQL Server:  StreamInsight Standard for SQL Server in versions: Standard, Enterprise, Web and StreamInsight Premium for SQL Server in versions: Datacenter, Developer, Evaluation.

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Step.06f | On next windows we choosing: creating SI Host Windows Service and privileges. What is SI Host Windows Service? When we click “Create…” will happen: 1. The Windows NetworkService account is used as the login account for the service. Users with administrative privileges can change the login account for the service after Setup is complete. 2. An XML configuration file for the service is created. The typical installation location is C:\Program Files\Microsoft StreamInsight 1.2\Host\<instance_name>. This configuration file contains server-specific parameters such as the type of metadata store as well as Windows Communication Foundation-specific parameters. If, for example, the StreamInsight server URI of the service instance must be modified, the configuration file must be edited by a user with administrative privileges.

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Step.06g | Almost end – Install

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Step.06h | We need about 10 minutes for Express Edition (ok, I need on my laptop)

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Step.06i | If we have previous (before 4.0) version of SQL Server Compact Edition, we must install Cumulative Update 4 for SQL Compact Edition 3.5. You can READ about it or directly REQUEST download file. Next screen called Finish.

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Step.07a | Semantic Language Statistics CTP3 The Semantic Language Statistics Database is a required component for the Statistical Semantic Search feature in Microsoft SQL Server code name ‘Denali’. You can download this database from this page, attach it to your SQL Server “Denali” instance, and register it to use the new Semantic Search features. Statistical Semantic Search provides deep insight into unstructured documents stored in SQL Server databases by extracting and indexing statistically relevant key phrases and similar documents based on this keyphrases. Semantic Search builds upon the existing Full-Text Search feature in SQL Server, and enables new scenarios that extend beyond keyword searches into the meaning of the document. Solutions that are now possible include automatic tag extraction, related content discovery, and hierarchical navigation across similar content. For example, users can query the index of key phrases to build the taxonomy for an organization, or for a corpus of technical documents. Or for example in an HR scenario, a recruiter can query the document similarity index to identify resumes that match a job description. Developers can easily enable Semantic Search using familiar Fulltext search syntax. They can then access Semantic Search results using the new Semantic Rowset functions (similar to CONTAINSTABLE and FREETEXTTABLE). Semantic Search follows all of the Fulltext index population models to work seamlessly in the existing Fulltext scenarios. | DOWNLOAD: SemanticLanguageDatabase.msi X86 Package or X64 Package

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Step.07b | Installation process is very simple. Just few clics. But when we look for disk cost we will se 750 MB is required for this installation. We can…

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Step.07c | …change default folder for different place. We save almost 400MB. It will be important for us in future (especially that it’s place on partition C).

In the second part we installed almost all necessary features for our future learning. Let’s check the SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit Installer. Was something changed based on first post?

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Better, but not ideal. We will working with this installation…