Four Tools to Help you Become a Data Analyst

Gathering and analysing data has changed how business decisions are made and how resources are allocated. Through a better use and understanding of data, the business managers can plan and enable better strategies with increased confidence. When understood, the companies data can increase administrative efficiency and add competitive advantage – data analytics provides new insight and actionable intelligence.

Data analytics is the process of examining raw data. Understanding the processes underlying that data, discovering the patterns and drawing conclusions about the information and then communicating the results in a way that has the biggest possible impact.

So what are some of the tools available that will help you analyse your businesses data and become the data analyst that makes the correct data-driven decisions?

Read my full blog post here: Karabina Software Blog – Four Tools to Help you Become a Data Analyst

Quick Windows Server 2008 R2 – SQL Server Firewall setup

Setting up SQL Server 2012 I received the same warning I have always received when setting up a SQL instance on a new Windows server:

SQL Setup Support Rules – Firewall Warning

So I executed my handy Windows Server Firewall batch file for SQL to set up the default ports on the Firewall, which executed successfully, but I noticed the following warning during execution:

Warning – netsh firewall is deprecated

After a quick check I updated the file with the new correct script options (I have left the original script lines in, just commented them out for reference:

@echo =========  SSRS Ports  ===================
@echo Enabling SQLServer default instance port 1433
REM Deprecated: netsh firewall set portopening TCP 1433 "SQLServer" 
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="SQLServer" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=1433

@echo Enabling Dedicated Admin Connection port 1434
REM Deprecated: netsh firewall set portopening TCP 1434 "SQL Admin Connection" 
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="SQL Admin Connection" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=1434

@echo Enabling conventional SQL Server Service Broker port 4022  
REM Deprecated: netsh firewall set portopening TCP 4022 "SQL Service Broker" 
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="SQL Service Broker" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=4022

@echo Enabling Transact-SQL Debugger/RPC port 135 
REM Deprecated: netsh firewall set portopening TCP 135 "SQL Debugger/RPC" 
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="SQL Debugger/RPC" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=135

@echo =========  SSAS Ports  ==============
@echo Enabling SSAS Default Instance port 2383
REM Deprecated: netsh firewall set portopening TCP 2383 "Analysis Services" 
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="Analysis Services" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=2383

@echo Enabling SQL Server Browser Service port 2382
REM Deprecated: netsh firewall set portopening TCP 2382 "SQL Browser" 
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="SQL Browser" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=2382

@echo =========  Misc Applications  ==============
@echo Enabling HTTP port 80 
REM Deprecated: netsh firewall set portopening TCP 80 "HTTP" 
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="HTTP" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=80

@echo Enabling SSL port 443
REM Deprecated: netsh firewall set portopening TCP 443 "SSL" 
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="SSL" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=443

@echo Enabling port for SQL Server Browser Service 'Browse' Button
REM Deprecated: netsh firewall set portopening UDP 1434 "SQL Browser" 
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="SQL Browse" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=1434

@echo Allowing multicast broadcast response on UDP (Browser Service Enumerations OK)
REM Deprecated:netsh firewall set multicastbroadcastresponse ENABLE
netsh advfirewall set currentprofile settings unicastresponsetomulticast enable

@echo Complete, Check your results.
pause

 

You can download this as a Windows batch file here: [download id=”5″]

Hope it make your future installs easier.

Tested on:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1 while installing SQL Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 while installing SQL Server 2008 R2

Sources:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771046(v=ws.10).aspx

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947709

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949543

 

Note: This script is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied – use of this script is at your own risk.