Episode 32 – Size Matters

This is episode 32 recorded on January 11th 2018… where John & Jason talk about scaling Power BI, it’s limits, and how to overcome them.

iTunes ratings contest

We are actively trying to get our visibility up for the show and one way to accomplish that is through having ratings on iTunes. To that end, we are asking out listeners to take a moment and rate us on iTunes. Once we hit 10 reviews, hopefully before our Feburary 6th show, we are going to raffle off a $50 Amazon gift card to one of the people who rated us. You will need iTunes to be able to do it, but you can find our page here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bifocal-clarifying-business-intelligence/id1266308225 

Size & Scale

What are the limits & why?

Free vs Pro vs Dedicated Capacity storage limits by licensing

App Workspaces vs Office 365 Groups vs Teams confusion

Personal storage limit in Power BI is 10GB per user & per Office 365 Group/App Workspace

Personal storage limit in Power BI is 1GB per model

Maximum size of a single data model limit in Dedicated Capacity is now 10GB
-does NOT go against the user’s personal storage limit

Episode 10 – May I see your license please sir?

Moving a PBIX file to AAS

Load your data model to AAS
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/import-power-bi-desktop-files-into-azure-analysis-services/

Kasper’s trick to repoint the PBIX
https://www.kasperonbi.com/change-your-power-bi-report-to-point-to-an-external-ssas-model/

Importing from PBI Desktop to SSAS On Prem – BIInsight
http://biinsight.com/import-power-bi-desktop-model-to-ssas-tabular-2017-using-azure-analysis-services/

Other Stuff to check out

Chris McNulty’s post on Tech Community

SPSEvents site

EDX Power BI Course

John & Jason’s upcoming events

SharePointalooza\North American Collaboration Summit
March 2-3, 2018
SharePointFest DC
March 26-30, 2018
SharePoint Conference North America
May 21-23, 2018
Use discount code WHITE for $50 off
European Collaboration Summit in Mainz, Germany
May 28-30, 2018

Episode 31 – Power BI Desktop January Update

This is episode 31 recorded on January 9th 2018… where John & Jason talk about the January features updates to Power BI Desktop, some things they noticed in the Desktop client, and some User Voice submissions.

 Reporting

Show and hide pages
Control data label background color for Cartesian and maps visuals
Increase area used for axis labels in charts
Bar/column padding control
Show dates as a hierarchy (preview)
Add an anchor date for relative date slicer
Top N selection in Q&A

Analytics

Correlation coefficient quick measure

Custom Visuals

PowerApps
TreeViz
Funnel with Source by MAQ Software
Box and Whisker chart by MAQ Software
Agility Planning Matrix Light
Image Grid
Gantt Chart by MAQ Software

Data connectivity

Support for Azure Active Directory authentication for Azure SQL Database & Data Warehouse connectors

Other

Advanced language settings for the Windows store app

Power BI Desktop things of note

-Help tab
-Windows Store download was behind the blog post

Previous Month’s Power BI Desktop update episode

Upcoming events

SharePointalooza\North American Collaboration Summit
March 2-3, 2018
SharePointFest DC
March 26-30, 2018
SharePoint Conference North America
May 21-23, 2018
Use discount code WHITE for $50 off
European Collaboration Summit in Mainz, Germany
May 28-30, 2018

Power BI User Voice submissions

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/32871283-notification-after-updates-have-been-installed

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/32871919-display-the-desktop-version

Episode 30 – New Years News

This is episode 30 recorded in January 1st 2018… where John & Jason talk about the news from the past few weeks in Power BI, Office 365, and Azure.

Show Notes:

On-premises data gateway December update

-includes a number of bug fixes and improvements to previously released features
-matches the Mashup Engine that was released as a part of the Power BI Desktop December update

Sync members from O365 Modern group to a mail-enabled security group

-This is one of the issues that we run into because Power BI is NOT a part of Office 365
-The solution that Adam shows is a viable, one time solution but does not solve the longer term issue
-This can be scripted to run daily, but it is duplicating groups at that point which will ultimately cause problems
-We love Adam Saxton & Patrick LeBlank and recommend people subscribe to the YouTube Channel GuyInACube
-We don’t actually recommend you do this…

The Reddit Solution Template

-Point solution for Reddit
-Similar solutions exist for Twitter, Facebook, & Bing News
-What are Solution Templates anyway?
-Who is this for? Social Media Managers… that use Reddit
Server aliases for Azure Analysis Services

-Aliasing is always a good idea
-migration situations
-easier to remember
-obfuscates actual server information
-allows the use of Azure Traffic Manager
-Users can connect to the server from Power BI Desktop (in addition to other client tools) using the link:// format

Azure Analysis Services integration with Azure Diagnostic Logs

-Various scenarios are supported, including the following:
-Auditing
-Monitoring of server health
-Derivation of usage metrics
-Understanding which user groups are using which datasets and when
-Detection of long-running or problematic queries
-Detection of users experiencing errors
-Consume diagnostic logs in Power BI
-give you a text file that contains an M expression, which can be pasted into a blank query in Power BI Desktop
-The expression contains the current Log Analytics query and consumes from the Log Analytics REST API

Episode 29 – 2018 Predictions from the Community

This is episode 29 recorded in December 2017… where John & Jason talk to community members about their 2018 predictions & make a few themselves.

A special thank you to Dan Holme for supporting us in this reimaging of his Penton series of Predictions. This was always a fun series of predictions to read, and we hope that you find this episode entertaining to listen to.

Thanks to everyone who contributed a prediction for 2018. Follow them on Twitter and check out their blogs below:

Andy Huneycutt – 5:15

https://twitter.com/AndyHuneycutt

Brian Alderman – 7:16

https://twitter.com/brianalderman
http://www.microtechpoint.com/

Christina Wheeler – 7:38

https://twitter.com/cwheeler76
https://www.sharepointwheeler.com/

Marc D Anderson – 8:20

https://twitter.com/sympmarc
http://sympmarc.com/

Chris McNulty – 9:45

https://twitter.com/cmcnulty2000

Dean Swann –  10:46

https://twitter.com/sdeanswann
https://www.tygraph.com/

Joanne Klein – 11:40

https://twitter.com/JoanneCKlein
https://joannecklein.com/

Jeremy Thake – 12:28

https://twitter.com/jthake
https://jeremythake.com

Susan Hanley –  12:57

https://twitter.com/susanhanley
http://www.susanhanley.com/

Mark Rackley – 13:10

https://twitter.com/mrackley
http://www.paitgroup.com/

Mike Fitzmaurice – 13:48

https://twitter.com/mikefitz
https://www.nintex.com/

Andrew Connell – 14:48

https://twitter.com/andrewconnell
http://www.andrewconnell.com/

Vlad Catrinescu – 15:48

https://twitter.com/vladcatrinescu
https://absolute-sharepoint.com/

David Broussard –  16:02

https://twitter.com/dbroussa
http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/author/dbroussard/

Richard Campbell – 17:10

https://twitter.com/richcampbell
http://runasradio.com/

 

We wish everyone a happy holiday season and a Happy 2018!

 

Episode 28 – December’s SQL Server & Power BI Desktop updates

This is episode 28 recorded on December 14th, 2017… where John & Jason talk about the new SQL Server Management Studio 17.4, a new open source SQL Server CLI, a change to Power BI Premium, and the December updates to Power BI Desktop.

iTunes ratings contest

We are actively trying to get our visibility up for the show and one way to accomplish that is through having ratings on iTunes. To that end, we are asking out listeners to take a moment and rate us on iTunes. Once we hit 10 reviews, hopefully before our Feburary 6th show, we are going to raffle off a $50 Amazon gift card to one of the people who rated us. You will need iTunes to be able to do it, but you can find our page here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bifocal-clarifying-business-intelligence/id1266308225 

News

Upcoming events

  • Power BI Summit in Dublin – April 24-28 2018
    • Presented by PUG and Dynamic Communities

Related episodes:

Episode 24 – November’s Power BI Desktop update & more
Episode 15 – Microsoft Ignite 2017 Bonus Episode

Listener contribution ask for 2018 Prediction episode

As we close in on the end of 2017 and we decided to do something a bit different with our final episode of the year, episode 29. We are calling it our 2018 Prediction episode. While we were in Chicago two weeks ago we recorded an interview with Paul Schaeflein and also grabbed some interviews with friends from the SharePoint Community and asked them one question: “What is your prediction for 2018?”. It was so much fun that we decided that we should open this up to our listeners to contribute answer to as well.

This is an open ended question that we are not looking to be targeted to Business Intelligence, even though our show is about BI, but instead a more general fun question that we will string together for a fun episode. Our preference is to have this be tech related, however the only off limits topics are politics & religion. We aren’t looking to stir the pot, just have some fun, possibly thought provoking chats.

If you would like to contribute your 2018 prediction please upload a .wav, .mp3, .mp4 or any other video/audio format to http://link.bifocal.show/2018prediction. We will only be using the audio from the file so feel free to make funny faces at us. We are looking to keep each prediction to under 2 minutes, and be sure to tell us & the other listeners who you are!

I also recorded a video about this that you can watch below:

We want to thank Dan Holme for permission to rip of an old idea of his and turn it into a fun end of year episode. When Dan used to write for Penton a few years ago he put out a blog post of predictions for the coming year. Personally, I’ve missed reading that post and we all thought it would make for some fun listening.

FYI, we are going to close submissions for this on December 23rd, 2017 that way our awesome audio engineer can work his magic and not have to work for us on Christmas.

Best,
-jase

Episode 27 – A chat with Paul Schaeflein on Power BI & Microsoft Teams

This is episode 27 recorded on December 6th, 2017 from SharePointFest Chicago… where John & Jason talk to Paul Schaeflein about helping people transform applications using Microsoft Teams, authentication stuff using Azure B2B & Paul quizzes us on how people should be using Power BI.

Paul Schaeflein is a solution architect/developer with more than three decades experience in architecting, designing and developing software solutions. This experience covers a vast range of technologies, languages and industries. Paul is an independent consultant, helping organizations of all sizes with their application development, ALM and SharePoint/Office 365 projects. Paul is a top-rated speaker, having presented at SharePoint Evolutions, the Microsoft SharePoint Conference and TechEd conferences, as well as user groups. In recognition of these community efforts, he is recognized as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP). Paul has a blog at http://www.schaeflein.net/blog, and is active on Twitter as @paulschaeflein. You can also reach him at paul@schaeflein.net.

Find out more about Paul at https://www.schaeflein.net/speaker-biography/

Helpful links:

The webinar for B2B (and Flow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIImcUZyP7U

SharePoint Conference NA: https://www.sharepointna.com use discount code SCHAEFLEIN

Power BI Report Server episode with Chris Finlan

Episode 26 – OnPrem Data Gateway & Power BI Developers news

This is episode 26 recorded on December 6th, 2017 from SharePointFest Chicago… where John & Jason talk about the latest updates to the OnPrem Data Gateway, the technical reference implementation for enterprise BI and reporting, and the latest news for Power BI Developers.

News

Technical reference implementation for enterprise BI and reporting
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/technical-reference-implementation-for-enterprise-bi-and-reporting/

On-premises data gateway November update is now available
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-november-update-is-now-available/

  •     The public preview of the long-awaited High Availability support.
  •     The “Additional Logging” setting of the gateway will now include the Mashup engine traces.
  •     The gateway will now automatically fall back to communicating through Azure Service Bus using HTTPS if direct TCP fails.
  •     The gateway now includes the November version of the Mashup engine.

Power BI Developer community November update
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-november-update/

Azure Resource Manager API

  • Scale up/ down
  • Pause/ start resource
  • Create/ Delete resource
  • Get capacity information
  • Update capacity
  • Get capacity list in a resource group/ subscription

….they will add support for ARM PowerShell soon

Cloud Service Provider purchase channel now available

Visual Options menu and Context menu extension

Injecting custom actions into the options & context menus

Preload API for a better loading experience

Update connection string
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt814715.aspx

RLS support on AS Azure for pre-defined roles

API 1.9 is now available, adding the ability to open the default browser and navigate to a URL
https://github.com/Microsoft/PowerBI-visuals-tools/blob/master/Changelog.md

How to clone workspaces using the API
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/duplicate-workspaces-using-the-power-bi-rest-apis-a-step-by-step-tutorial/

Microsoft’s best practices for building custom visuals in Power BI
https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Custom-Visuals-Community-Blog/Security-Developer-Guideline/ba-p/217566

Episode 25 – Power BI Guest Access

This is episode 25 recorded on November 24th, 2017… Black Friday… or as we call it, Analytics Friday… where John & Jason talk about Power BI Guest Access using Azure B2B and some tips, tricks & community shout outs.

 

News

Guest Access now available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-expands-access-to-intelligence-for-external-guest-users/

  • AAD B2B with Power BI is available starting today.  Read the documentation and try inviting an external user now!
  • For more information and a step-by-step guide to distributing BI content with Power BI and Azure AD B2B read this whitepaper. Also visit Azure documentation for more information on Azure AD B2B.

 

-Power Query Tip – Cached data remembers its source – even after you change it in the Query Editor. You need to make sure it’s totally refreshed.

-Facebook Query has totally changed: https://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com/2017/11/facebook-location-tracking-power-bi/

 

Community shout outs

DigiCert: https://www.digicert.com/

Pluralsight: https://www.pluralsight.com/

RunAs Radio: http://www.runasradio.com/Shows/Show/559

Richard Campbell: https://twitter.com/RichCampbell

Episode 24 – November’s Power BI Desktop update & more

This is episode 24 recorded on November 17th, 2017… where John & Jason talk to about the latest Power BI Desktop update, some new custom visuals, and some community contribution picks.

Power BI Desktop November Feature Summary

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-november-2017-feature-summary/

Stuff John is excited about in November’s Power BI Desktop

  • Rule based conditional formatting in tables
  • Cell alignment for tables
  • Visual ordering in the selection pane (z-order)
  • Lock report objects !!!!!!!
  • ESRI Plus subscription available….
  • Report options for slow data sources in Direct Query (good, but….)
  • New visuals – Image timeline, Social graph, Venn diagram, HTML viewer

Here’s the complete list of November updates:

Reporting

Analytics

Data connectivity – Single Sign-on

Impala connector – support for Windows Authentication
check out Episode 23 for more on SSO

Query editing

Add Column From Examples improvements

Community forum stuff:

Cool infographic that shows what is what in the Power BI space (features w/ license requirements)

 

Power BI Desktop terminology & definitions

New Office 365 launcher showed up

Flow – Calculate running totals

Stacy Simpkins (@sharepointstacy) blog post about migrating SSRS from one SharePoint farm to another