Category: Queries

August 15, 2018
How to Leverage the Interactive Sorting Feature in SCCM Reports

Have you ever watched someone use one of your reports/dashboards? I have and it is always fascinating to see how someone will review the data. If they have prior experience…

August 8, 2018
Adding a Prompt Value to the Title of a SCCM Report

Little things do make a difference and this is especially true when it comes to SCCM reports. Oftentimes in my report writing sessions I don’t have time to show folks…

July 11, 2018
Seven Tips for Writing SCCM Dashboards

At the last Midwest Management Summit which was held at the Mall of America, I was stopped in the hallway after one of my SCCM reporting presentations. I was asked…

December 12, 2017
Getting Started with Power BI Desktop and SCCM

In this blog post I will show you how to connect Power BI Desktop to your System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) SQL Server database. During the connection process I will…

November 15, 2017
How Can I Hide an SSRS Gauge in a Dashboard?

A super-cool feature with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is all of the available options for creating dashboards and reports! For example, did you know that you can hide an…

October 26, 2017
What Happened to the Tools Gauge in My SSRS Dashboard?

In the screenshot below, you can see that there is clearly an issue with the Tools gauge in my SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) dashboard. The purple arrow is pointing…

October 11, 2017
Does SQL Server Database Compatibility Level Matter?

Not long ago, I was dealing with a performance problem involving a very simple SQL Server query. To give you an idea about what I mean, this query took over…

October 5, 2017
Why is Using a SQL Server Alias for Column Names Important?

Here’s the error message that I kept getting, “Could not update a list of fields for the query. Verify that you can connect to the data source and that your…

August 16, 2017
What Are the Four-Part Names of a SQL Server Object?

By Garth Jones The purpose of this blog post is to help you identify the four possible parts of a SQL Server object. System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) reports are…

July 19, 2017
Determine Who Is within the Domain Admins Group Using ConfigMgr

By Garth Jones During my presentation at the Midwest Management Summit in the Mall of America (MMSMOA for short) I demonstrated how to determine who is within the Active Directory…