Episode 41 – The New Power BI Report Server is Here

This is episode 41 recorded on March 15th 2018… where John & Jason talk to  Riccardo Muti, Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft for Power BI and SQL Server Reporting Services, about the latest Power BI Report Server release & the direction he sees the product going in the future


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

Kasper’s trick to repoint the PBIX

Importing from PBI Desktop to SSAS On Prem – BIInsight

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 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.


Technical reference implementation for enterprise BI and reporting

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

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

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

How to clone workspaces using the API

Microsoft’s best practices for building custom visuals in Power BI

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.



Guest Access now available


  • 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


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:



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


Episode 23 – Interview with Dave Feldman

This is episode 23 recorded on November 7th, 2017… where John & Jason talk to about the new single-sign on methods for the Power BI service and an interview with Dave Feldman, Microsoft MVP from Shire Pharmaceuticals.

Blog post by Miguel Llopis: Announcing Single Sign-On Support when connecting to data sources from the Power BI Service

“… it is now possible to use Single Sign-On, leveraging Kerberos, when connecting to certain data sources using DirectQuery mode from Power BI.”

Config link: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-gateway-kerberos-for-sso-pbi-to-on-premises-data/

Support for Single Sign-On is available for the following data sources as of today:

    • SQL Server
    • Teradata
    • SAP HANA

Additional data sources will be added:

EOY 2017

    • Impala
    • Oracle
    • SAP BW

H1 2018

    • Spark
    • And others…

Interview notes:
“Using BI to make intelligent business decisions”TyGraph, HyperFish & onPrem IIS Logs to do proper analysis around what was being used during the planning phases of the integration between Shire & BaxaltaThe analysis fueled Dave’s migration decisionsLooking into the future to multi-geo decision planning for SharePoint Online

Shire’s Hub and Link Web Parts: https://github.com/SharePoint/sp-dev-solutions/tree/master/solutions/LinksAndHandlebarsTemplate
Dave’s blog: http://bostonmusicdave.com/
Hyperfish: https://www.hyperfish.com/
tyGraph: https://www.tygraph.com/

Episode 18 – Office 365 Reporting with Anne & Shilpi

John White & Jason Himmelstein talk about Office 365 Reporting with Anne Michels & Shlipi SinhaThis is episode 18 recorded at Microsoft Ignite on September 27th, 2017… where John & Jason talk to Anne Michels & Shilpi Sinha from the Office 365 Product Team about Office 365 Reporting.

Show Notes:

Anne’s Ignite News post:


Office 365 Adoption Content Pack –> 22 reports

2 new usage reporting for Microsoft Teams released at Ignite

The Office 365 Adoption Content Pack in Power BI to go GA at the beginning of 2018 and will be rebranded to Office 365 Usage Analytics

Reports Reader Role

Available as of Sept 27th

Graph Reporting APIs go GA

Preview post: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/03/31/whats-new-in-office-365-administration-public-preview-of-microsoft-graph-reporting-apis/

Other topics:

SharePoint & OneDrive Admin Center updates

To get early access to the preview version of the new SharePoint admin center, please register at https://aka.ms/joinAdminPreview

Office 365 Usage Analytics will be GDPR compliant

Where to find info about Office 365 Reporting information online:

Office 365 Message Center: https://portal.office.com/adminportal/home#/MessageCenter

Tech Community: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/bg-p/Office365Blog

Office 365 Roadmap: https://www.office365.com/roadmap

Support Center: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Activity-Reports-in-the-Office-365-admin-center-0d6dfb17-8582-4172-a9a9-aed798150263

Anne & Shilpi’s Ignite sessions

BRK2039: Understand how your users are using Office 365: Introducing Advanced usage reporting tools

Via MyIgnite: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53327

YoutTube: Understand how your users are using Office 365: Introducing Advanced usage reporting tools

BRK2011: Understand how your users are using Office 365: What’s new in usage reporting

Via MyIgnite: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53258

YoutTube: Understand how your users are using Office 365: What’s new in usage reporting – BRK2011

BRK1009: Manage Office 365 more effectively: What’s new in Office 365 administration

Via MyIgnite: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53331

YouTube: Manage Office 365 more effectively: What’s new in Office 365 administration – BRK1009