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European Reporting Services 2008 Hosting :: Changing Reporting Services Timeout in SharePoint

clock May 26, 2011 06:40 by author Scott

Recently someone asked me to check a Reporting Services report that always resulted in an Unexpected Error. The report server was configured for Sharepoint Integrated Mode



You need to notice Execution timeout of SharePoint. You can change this timeout setting in the web.config of your Sharepoint site, by default in
c\:inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories\80.


In this web.config you will find an XML node called “httpRuntime”. In this node you have to add an extra tag: executionTimeout=”9000:

<httpRuntime maxRequestLength=”51200″ executionTimeout=”9000″ />

Save and close the file and do an IISReset. When you run the report again, you won’t get this error anymore.

I also checked the web.config of the Report Manager, but in Native Mode this seems to be the default:



Good luck



HostForLife.eu Proudly Launches Premier European SQL 2008 R2 Hosting

clock May 24, 2011 06:26 by author Scott

HostForLIFE.eu was established to cater to an under served market in the hosting industry; web hosting for customers who want excellent service. HostForLIFE.eu – a cheap, constant uptime, excellent customer service, quality, and also reliable hosting provider in advanced Windows and ASP.NET technology. We proudly announces the availability of the SQL 2008 R2 hosting in our entire servers environment. HostForlife customers have a choice between SQL Server 2008 and SQL 2008 R2 when creating a database from inside the HostForLife hosting control panel.

SQL Server 2008 R2 delivers several breakthrough capabilities that will enable your organization to scale database operations with confidence, improve IT and developer efficiency, and enable highly scalable and well managed Business Intelligence on a self-service basis for your users. For more information on SQL Server 2008 R2, visit the Microsoft website, http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/default.aspx.

Some of the capabilities that customers and partners will benefit from include:

1. PowerPivot: a managed self-service analysis solution that empowers end users to access, analyze and share data across the enterprise in an IT managed environment using Excel 2010 and SharePoint Sever 2010.
2. Master Data Services: helps IT organizations centrally manage critical data assets companywide and across diverse systems, and enables more people to securely manage master data directly, and ensure the integrity of information over time.
3. Application and Multi-server Management: helps organizations proactively manage database environments efficiently at scale through centralized visibility into resource utilization and streamlined consolidation and upgrade initiatives across the application lifecycle.
4. Report Builder 3.0: report authoring component with support for geospatial visualization. This new release provides capabilities to further increase end user productivity with enhanced wizards, more powerful visualizations, and intuitive authoring.
5. StreamInsight: a low latency complex event processing platform to help IT monitor, analyze and act on the data in motion to make more informed business decisions in near real-time.

For more information about this new product, please visit our site http://hostforlife.eu/SQL-2008-R2-European-Hosting.aspx.

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European SQL 2008 R2 Hosting :: Top 10 Features of SQL 2008 R2

clock May 23, 2011 06:58 by author Scott

Introduction

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is the latest release of SQL Server. This article will introduce the top 10 features and benefits of SQL Server 2008 R2. The “R2” tag indicates this is an intermediate release of SQL Server and not a major revision. However, there are a number of interesting new features for both DBAs and developers alike. At the time of this article, R2 is available as a CTP (Community Technology Preview). In addition to new features, there are two new editions as well, SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter and SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse.

Report Builder 3.0

Report Builder is a tool set for developing rich reports that can be delivered over the web. Some of the features of Report Builder include the ability to create reports containing graphs, charts, tables, and printing controls. In addition, Report Builder also supports drill downs and sorting. If you are familiar with the third party tool Crystal Reports, then you have good idea of what to expect from Report Builder.

New features in SQL 2008 R2 / Report Builder 3.0 include: Map Layers, which can hold spatial and analytical data and will integrate with Microsoft Virtual Earth. Indicators, these are gauges used to show the state of one value. Report Parts, this object can be reused or shared between multiple reports. Aggregate Calculating, this allows you to calculate the total value of other aggregate calculated totals.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

The new Datacenter edition of SQL Server 2008 R2 is targeted towards Enterprise Edition users who require a greater performance platform. The new edition will support 256 logical processors, high numbers of instances, and as much memory as the operating system will support.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse

Another new SQL Server edition, Parallel Data Warehouse, formally codenamed “Madison”, specializes in handling extremely large amounts of data. This new version uses massively parallel processing to spread large tables over multiple SQL nodes. The multiple nodes are handled by a propriety Microsoft technology called Ultra Shared Nothing. This new technology is described as a Control Node spreading queries to Computer Nodes, evenly distributed, then collecting the results.

StreamInsight

New in SQL Server 2008 R2 is component called StreamInsight. This interesting component allows streaming data to be analyzed on the fly. Meaning the data is processed directly from the source stream prior to being saved in a SQL Server table. This could be extremely handy if you’re running a real time system and need to analyze data but can’t afford the latency of a committed write to a table first. Examples usually cited for this application include stock trading streams, click stream web analytics, and industrial process controls. Multiple input streams can be simultaneously monitored.

Master Data Services

Master Data Services (MDS) is both a concept and a product. The concept of a Master Data Service is that there is a central data gate keeper of core business data. Data items such as customer billing addresses, employee/customer names, and product names should be centrally managed so that all consuming applications have the same information. The Microsoft example given is a company that has a customer address record in the customer table but a different address in the mailing table. A Master Data Service application would ensure that all tables would have only one correct address. While an MDS can be a homegrown application, SQL Server 2008 R2 includes an application and an interface to manage the central data.

PowerPivot for SharePoint

PowerPivot is an end-user tool that works in conjunction with SharePoint, SQL Server 2008 R2, and Excel 2010 to process large amounts of data in seconds. PowerPivot works like an Excel Pivot Table, and includes analytical capabilities.

Data-Tier Application

A Data-Tier Application (abbreviated as DAC –no idea what the C stands for, and not to be confused with the Windows Data Access Components also abbreviated as DAC ) is an object that stores all the needed database information for a project, such as login, tables, and procedures into one package that can be consumed by Visual Studio. By creating a Data-Tier Application, a SQL Server package version could be saved with each Visual Studio build of your application. This would allow application code builds to be married to a database build in an easily managed way.

Unicode Compression

SQL Server 2008 R2 uses a new algorithm known as Simple Compression Scheme for Unicode storage. This reduces the amount of disk spaced used by Unicode characters. This new format happens automatically and is managed by the SQL Server engine so no programming changes are required of the DBA.

SQL Server Utility

The new SQL Server Utility is a repository object for centrally controlling multiple SQL Server instances. Performance data and configuration policies can be stored in a single Utility. The Utility also includes an Explorer tool where multi-server dashboards can be created.

Multi Server Dashboards

While the SQL Server Management Studio could always connection to multiple servers, each was managed independently with no central view of all of them. Now with SQL Server 2008 R2, Dashboards showing combined server data can be created



European SQL 2008 R2 Hosting :: 10 Tips for Upgrading to SQL Server 2008 R2

clock May 5, 2011 08:19 by author Scott

Upgrading a database server to SQL Server 2008 R2 involves more than just inserting an installation DVD and clicking your way through the wizard. A lot of planning goes into a SQL Server upgrade. In this article, I will share with you 10 tips that should help your upgrade process to go more smoothly. If you're looking for Windows hosting that support SQL 2008 R2, you may try us to be your partner. Please take a look our hosting plan at here. OK, let we start this article..

1. Be aware of the supported upgrade paths

Before you begin planning an upgrade, you need to be aware of Microsoft’s supported upgrade paths. For example, if you are currently running SQL Server 2005 X64 Enterprise Edition, you can’t upgrade to SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition. Your only options are to upgrade to SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition or Datacenter Edition.

2. Run the Upgrade Advisor

The Upgrade Advisor, which is a part of the
SQL Server 2008 R2 Feature Pack, is a free utility that is designed to assist you with your SQL Server 2008 R2 upgrade. The tool analyzes your existing SQL Server
deployment and informs you of issues that need to be addressed prior to performing an upgrade.

3. Don’t panic over Other Issues

The report generated by the SQL Server Upgrade Advisor often contains a section called Other Issues. This section exists as a way of informing you of possible issues that may exist, but that the tool is incapable of testing. Therefore, the issues that appear in the Other Issues section may not necessarily be present on your network.

4. Figure out what to do about the Notification Services

If you have SQL Servers that are running the Notification Services, you will need to plan how you want to deal with them. The Notification
Services were discontinued starting with SQL Server 2008, and can’t be upgraded to SQL Server 2008 R2.

5. Verify the hardware and software requirements

If you’re considering an in-place upgrade (rather than a migration), it is critically important to verify that your existing SQL Server meets all the hardware requirements for running SQL Server 2008 R2 and that all the necessary software prerequisites are in place. Check out this full list of the hardware and software requirements.

6. Perform a full backup

Although it should go without saying, you should always perform a full server backup prior to performing a SQL Server 2008 R2 upgrade. The upgrade process usually goes smoothly, but things can and sometimes do go wrong. It’s important to have a way to revert your SQL Server to its previous state if the upgrade does not go as planned.

7. Take care when upgrading the database engine

There are a few things that you should do prior to upgrading the database engine to ensure that things go smoothly. First, if you are running the Analysis Services, make sure you upgrade them before you upgrade the database engine. The Analysis Services must be upgraded first.

Just before the upgrade, temporarily disable any stored procedures. During the course of the upgrade, various SQL-related services will be started and stopped. If you have stored procedures that are configured to run when services start, there is a good chance those stored procedures will interfere with the upgrade.

Also check the Master, Model, MSDB, and TEMPDB databases and verify that they’re set to autogrow (and that there is plenty of disk space available). In addition, be sure to disable database replication prior to performing an upgrade.

Finally, even though SQL Server 2008 R2 is designed to preserve the Max Worker Threads setting, Microsoft recommends setting the Max Worker Threads value to 0. This will cause SQL Server 2008 R2 to automatically calculate the optimal value.

8. Be aware of discontinued features

Microsoft has removed the Surface Area Configuration Tool from SQL Server 2008 R2. Most of the tool’s functionality still exists, but it has been rolled into other areas of the application. For example, protocols, connection, and startup options are now found in the SQL Server Configuration Manager. If you use the Surface Area Configuration Tool from time to time, it’s a good idea to deploy SQL Server 2008 R2 in a lab environment so that you can get a feel for what it takes to manage SQL without this tool.

9. Perform a test upgrade

Before you attempt to upgrade a production database server, try the upgrade in a lab environment. Make a full backup of a domain controller, a DNS server, your SQL server, and any other required infrastructure servers and then restore those backups to isolated lab servers. Once SQL is up and running, try out your upgrade plan in the lab. That way, you can handle any issues that come up before you have to perform a real upgrade.

10. Don’t forget to clean up when you’re finished

When the upgrade is complete, run DBCC UPDATEUSAGE on all of your databases to ensure database integrity. You will also need to reregister your servers and repopulate full text catalogs. If you have disabled replication or disabled stored procedures for the upgrade, you will need to put things back to normal.



Press Release - HostForLife.eu Launches Premier European ASP.NET MVC 3 Hosting

clock May 4, 2011 07:01 by author Scott

HostForLIFE.eu was established to cater to an under served market in the hosting industry; web hosting for customers who want excellent service. HostForLIFE.eu – a cheap, constant uptime, excellent customer service, quality, and also reliable hosting provider in advanced Windows and ASP.NET technology. We proudly announces the availability of the ASP.NET MVC 3 hosting in our entire servers environment.

You can start hosting your ASP.NET MVC 3 site on our environment from as just low €3.00/month only. For more details about this product, please visit our product page at http://hostforlife.eu/ASPNET-MVC-European-Hosting.aspx.

“ASP.NET MVC 3 is a framework for developing highly testable and maintainable Web applications by leveraging the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern. The framework encourages developers to maintain a clear separation of concerns among the responsibilities of the application – the UI logic using the view, user-input handling using the controller, and the domain logic using the model. ASP.NET MVC applications are easily testable using techniques such as test-driven development (TDD), “said General Manager of HostForLife.eu , Kevin Joseph. “And now, just by paying €3.00/month, you can get professional ASP.NET MVC 3 with us. Really, there are many benefits when you host your site with us. We can fully guarantee you that we will provide the best quality hosting service with you.”

For more information about our site, please visit http://www.hostforlife.eu.

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About HostForLIFE.eu

HostForLIFE.eu is European Windows Hosting Provider which focuses on Windows Platform only. We deliver on-demand hosting solutions including Shared hosting, Reseller Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers, and IT as a Service for companies of all sizes.

We have offered the latest Windows 2012 Hosting, ASP.NET 4.5 Hosting, ASP.NET MVC 5 Hosting, SQL 2014 Hosting and SQL 2014 Hosting.

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