Processing partitions \ tables in parallel

One thing that has come up several times in the last few weeks is a misconception that you cannot process multiple partitions on the same table or tables in parallel as it would cause a lock. This could be true if you try to do the parallelism yourself. Like in SQL Server you need to think about transactions, the AS engine is a transactional system too. So, the AS engine is definitely capable of loading... Read more

How to point existing reports to a new dataset in Power BI (even from AAS)

One question that comes up regularly is how to point an existing report to a new dataset. There are quite a few reasons why you might need this. You might want to disconnect report editing from dataset editing and have a separate PBIX for both. Or your company decided to move from AAS to Power BI. They could have decided to go on prem AS to AAS or Power BI. The way to re-point the... Read more

Setting up translations for datasets in Power BI premium

One request that comes up a lot is to be able to provide translations for the tables and columns of your model (especially here in Europe). Up until now this was not possible in Power BI as there was no UI for it. The new XMLA read/write feature changed all of this. As you probably know in SSAS Tabular this is already possible. The new XMLA endpoint makes any Power BI dataset into a SSAS... Read more

Debug Power BI aggregations with DAX Studio

A quick post today. Sometimes you will be mystified why your aggregations are not getting hit. There is no clear-cut answer to why. The best way to find the underlying cause of this is to debug it. Our friends at DAX Studio have made this quite easy 🙂 so let’s dive in. I have a model with Sales and a Sales aggregation table: I have set up aggregations to be used. Now to test if... Read more

How to change the dataset script in Power BI desktop

I recently on some internal email by the developers where they mentioned something, offhand, what I think is amazing :). It will allow you to add measures by copy and pasting and many more quick updates through text. Best of all it turns out there is a straightforward way to change the script in your Power BI file by hand. At this moment this is still in preview and not documented so your mileage might... Read more

Dynamic formatstrings with Calculation groups

One of the cool things of calculation groups is they cannot just be used to apply a calculation over your “base measure” but also apply a dynamic formatstring. You could do this without calculation groups before too as I described here. This method had one big drawback though, it uses the FORMAT function and when doing that all results are transformed into strings. This does help in showing the right format, but you lose a... Read more

Adding calculation groups to (A)AS or PBI Premium

I was playing around with calculation groups for a question. I found that adding a calculation group is not that straightforward as it should be, so I decided to blog about it to help you along. What are calculation groups? First let’s talk a little bit about calculation groups itself. Calculation groups is one of the most notable features for Tabular models in a long long time. In short it allows you to change measure... Read more

Get the SQL Query used in DirectQuery mode

When you are optimizing your DirectQuery model and you have done all the optimizations on the model already, you might want to run the queries generated by Power BI by your DBA. He then might be able to do some index tuning or even suggest some model changes. But how do you capture them? There are a few simple ways that I will describe here. 1 Use DAX studio and Power BI desktop We will... Read more