August 2008 Entries

BIDS Helper Release

We have released a new update for BIDS Helper.

This release adds:

  • support for Teradata data sources in the Dimension Health Check
  • and fixes an issue where the properties page for the Package Deploy feature was not appearing under some circumstances.

Posted On Friday, August 29, 2008 10:05 PM | Comments (0)

Codeplex RSS Feed for the entire project (not)
A little while ago the team that work on the BIDS Helper project discovered something interesting about codeplex. Codeplex Wiki pages have the facility to allow people to add comments, but unlike all the other places where people can interact with a codeplex project, for some reason wiki pages are not included in the projects RSS feed. So if you have ever added a comment to a page on a codeplex project and wondered why the author never acknowledged your comment, this could be why. Hopefully the codeplex ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 26, 2008 9:30 PM | Comments (0)

MVP Theatre Agenda at Tech Ed Australia
If you are registered for Tech Ed Australia this year, come along to MVP Theatre to watch MVPs delivering sessions ranging from 20 minutes to the full 75 minutes. There are only 20 seats in MVP Theatre, so you need to be quick getting to the Expo Hall if you’re serious about catching an MVP Session. The Agenda for MVP Theatre is here (please watch it for last minute updates). To attend, you must be a registered delegate, so if you haven’t bought your Tech Ed ticket yet, you can register here. I’m ......

Posted On Sunday, August 24, 2008 10:20 PM | Comments (0)

Minor Update to BIDS Helper for SQL 2008
If you have installed BIDS Helper 1.3 for SQL 2008 in the last few days, you might want to head back to the site and pick up the new build for 2008. There is an issue with one of the assembly references picking up a 9.0 assembly instead of a 10.0 assembly which causes the Variable Window Extensions to throw various error messages. If you are using the SQL 2005 build you will not be affected by this issue ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2008 11:46 PM | Comments (0)

Error 2738 while trying to install Adventure Works BI sample on Vista
When trying to install the Adventure Works 2008 sample database on my new SQL Server 2008 instance I very quickly got a message box about the installation failing with an error of 2738. For some reason this sounded familiar and sure enough a quick search turned up this post from Mitch (see: The error code is 2738) where he had the same error (with a different installer). It appears to be the same issue as the same fix worked for me and now I am up and running with the new sample database. Technorati ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2008 4:08 PM | Comments (1)

BIDS Helper 1.3 Released (now with support for SQL 2008)
I am pleased to announce that the BIDS Helper team have just released v1.3 which is our first release with support for SQL Server 2008. With these release we have also improved our international support. All of the features in BIDS Helper still only display in English in their user interfaces. But in previous versions, some of the features of would not work at all in non-English versions of BIDS because of the way we were integrating into BIDS. This has now been fixed and all of the features of BIDS ......

Posted On Saturday, August 16, 2008 9:51 PM | Comments (1)

VS.NET 2008 SP1 is available
The download for VS.NET 2008 SP1 is available now: This should fix the issue with running BIDS for SQL Server 2008 and VS.NET 2008. I'm downloading just downloaded it - it's tiny at about 500Kb, I hope it's not one of those "web install" stubs as I am going to be disconnected for most of the day and It's going to be frustrating if the SP stops installing part way through. Update: As I suspected, the tiny file was just a web download, there is ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 12, 2008 8:03 AM | Comments (1)

SQL Server 2008 has been released, but some BI developers will need to wait...
For those of use with MSDN or Technet subscriptions, SQL Server 2008 is available for download now and you have probably heard this from multiple sources already. (is there an echo in here?) But for anyone that wants to work with the BI tools and who already has VS.NET 2008 installed you will need to wait until VS.NET 2008 SP1 is released (see which will hopefully only be a few days. This is because BIDS in 2008 is based on the VS.NET 2008 SP1 build. If you ......

Posted On Friday, August 8, 2008 7:08 AM | Comments (0)