Refresh a Power BI dataset that feeds from SharePoint list automatically

The Power BI team recently shipped some cool new flow options and one of them is really cool. Many times I hear of reports and dataset that fully rely on SharePoint lists. These lists are used by business groups that don’t have the rights to spin up and Azure SQL database or just want to keep a simple list to store their dimensions. SharePoint lists are great for that. The new flow option allows you... Read more

Figure out which columns and measures are used in your SSAS Tabular model

I got an interesting question about being able to figure out which measures and columns are being used for all tabular models in a server, either by known reports or by self service users using Power BI. To solve this I decided to use Power BI :). To get the required information I decided to capture and parse the queries being that are being send to AAS and parse the results Power BI desktop over... Read more

Automatically rotate through Power BI report pages on your browser

This question comes up pretty regularly, I have a big screen in my hallway and I want to show some Power BI reports that rotate. Now there is some build in functionality in the Windows 10 App for Power BI for it that you can check out here. But there have been some cases where this doesn’t work, like for example if you want your report to run outside of your domain using B2B or... Read more

Using DAX variables in iterators

I was having a discussion earlier this week about the use of variables I used in my currency conversion blog post . The question was why I am using 2 different measure to calculate the sales for each currency. So I am using 2 measures together: TrnExchangeRate =MIN ( FactExchangeRate[Factor] ) and TotalSales =IF (    HASONEVALUE ( ReportCurrency[ReportCurrency] ),    SUMX ( FactSales, [Sales] * [TrnExchangeRate] )) As explained in the blog post the SUMX in this calculation will iterate over each row in the fact table which probably will have multiple currencies... Read more

How to enable scheduled refresh for your custom connector

Here is a post that is long overdue as the functionality has been available for almost a year now. Today we will enable scheduled refresh to the Strava custom connector I build before. The trick to this is that we need to extend the code of the Strava connector with a “TestConnection” function as is described here. This will allow the Power BI gateway to know how to test the connection. Of course we will... Read more

Showing only slicer data that have facts in Power BI (and other fun tricks)

As of this month Power BI finally supports filtering slicers down to only show rows that have fact data. Before the only thing you could do to achieve this was some workaround like: I described here where you filter down the dimension using a calc table. The other approach was to use Bi Directional cross filtering which would filter down the dimension table appropriately. This leads to performance issues though. Now you can use a... Read more

Monitoring and Auditing your Azure Analysis Services

I have been using SSAS for years, started years before I started at Microsoft, but most of my real world experience is around using SSAS on premises. In the day there was only Profiler, but now we are in a whole new world that is called Azure. Last week I got a question on how to monitor and audit an SSAS server in Azure and I decided to investigate. Turns out it amazing 🙂 so... Read more

Get the YTD of the same period last year

I was looking at my blog stats and found that some of the most popular posts are almost 10 years old (yes really). Those topics are actually still relevant so I will be updating some those for Power BI in the coming months. Maybe not everything has changed but it will be a bit different with Power BI. So we will start by reexamining a blog post I did on September 22, 2010 to “Get... Read more