Enabling Kerberos Authentication for Reporting Services

Recently, I’ve helped several customers with Kerberos authentication problems with Reporting Services and Analysis Services, so I’ve decided to write this blog post and pull together some useful resources in one place (there are 2 whitepapers in particular that I found invaluable configuring Kerberos authentication, and these can be found in the references section at…


Hosting the Performance Dashboard Reports in SSRS

I blogged a while back about modifying the SQL Server 2005 Performance Dashboard reports to run on SQL Server 2008. I’ve since been working with several customers who use these reports for performance troubleshooting, but who would like to host them on their Reporting Services platform so they can be viewed online instead of within…


SSUG Presentation 19th August

Thanks to all who attended the SSUG meeting in Edinburgh last night. I’ve included my slides and demo scripts in the attached file (SSUG_190810_ExecutionPlans.zip). I’ve also included some additional references relating to discussions we had during the course of the evening. If you need any other information, give me a shout. Creating a Statistics-only “Cloned”…


Scottish SQL Server User Group Meeting 19th August

The next Scottish SQL Server User Group meeting will take place on Thursday 19th August at the Microsoft offices in Edinburgh. I’ll be talking about SQL Server execution plans and how to use them to identify issues in your application code and Martin will be educating us all with his knowledge of Extended Events. Pizza and…


SQL Server Wow64 Perfmon Issues

I recently came across some issues running perfmon on Windows Server 2003 where the OS is 64-bit and SQL Server is 32-bit (Wow64). The SQL Performance counters were not appearing as the default Perfmon is 64-bit, which is unable to read the 32-bit SQL counters. Running the 32-bit version of Perfmon allows us to read…


SQLBits VI Slides Available

I had a great time at SQLBits VI last week and would like to thank everyone for coming along to my session 🙂 I’ve attached the slides from the session “SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Scalability and Performance” for you to download. Cheers ! SSRS_Scalability_SQLBitsVI.pptx


SQLBits VI Conference – London 16th April

I am very happy to announce that I’ve been chosen as a speaker for the SQLBits VI conference in London on the 16th April. The theme for this conference is performance and scalability and I’ll be talking about some of the new features in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 in this area. There is a great…


Scottish SQL Server User Group Meeting – 25th Feb

The next Scottish SQL Server User Group meeting will take place in the Microsoft Edinburgh office on Thursday the 25th February. Quest Software’s Iain Kick will be talking about performance troubleshooting and Alistair Board and Martin Bell will be talking about their experiences and resources available for learning SQL Server. As always, it promises to…


Mirroring Multiple SQL Server Databases on a Single Instance

This is a question I get asked a lot by customers (last week being the latest) and the answer really depends on which platform you are running on. There is a support policy in Books Online that states that we only support a maximum of 10 mirrored databases per instance on 32-bit systems, however in…


Caching SSRS Reports for Performance

I’ve been fairly quiet on the blogging-front recently, but I have been busy working with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) ! I’ve also been fortunate enough to present a session to customers on SSRS scalability at a recent Business Intelligence Operations Day in Reading, UK. One thing that struck me from that day was that…