Connect the Power BI Model Documenter to existing data models in the Power BI Service or Analysis Services

Recently, I've published a new version of the Model Documenter. With that, version 2.1.0 went live. I always try to keep the FAQ up to date and add sections describing typical questions and use cases. However, sometimes it is just easier to write a blog about it to reach a bigger audience, or even record …

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Effect of dataset changes while using deployment pipelines in Power BI

This week, I've presented at two conferences in Europe about Application Lifecycle Management for Power BI. During these sessions at DataMinds Connect and Techorama I've talked and demoed native Power BI deployment pipelines, as well as Azure DevOps integration. One of the topics discussed during the session, is the effect of deployments on datasets by …

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Power BI Datamarts, should I use it or not?

The first post after my vacation. I was in doubt for a while whether I should write this one or not... given the preview state. Since one of the customers I work for asked me for advise today about Power BI Datamarts, I thought lets do it! They convinced me that it would be a …

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How to add DTAP stage identifiers of to your Power BI report with Smart Narratives

If you are a Power BI report developer, you might have experienced the case I'm describing in this post. You did your utmost best to setup a decent DT(A)P process, where you clearly separate development, test, acceptance and production stages from each other. But as you don't want to be the only one that has …

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What you must know when building Power BI dataflows routing over the on-premises data gateway

Another week, another challenge! Summer holidays is the perfect time to run into challenges that you normally would not encounter or simply do not know about because they are fixed before you know. This blog will elaborate on a case I had at a client, where we run into issues with the on-premises data gateway …

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Add user to Power BI deployment pipeline using REST APIs

Especially in this time of the year, you will encounter many similar kind of questions as a Power BI Service Administrator. Questions like: "My colleague is on vacation, but I don't have access to the workspace and the refresh broke, can you help me getting access to this workspace?" Well, this is still the simple …

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Power BI B2B External Collaboration

You might have seen the recent YouTube video by Guy in a Cube, where Adam explains how to work as an external user and publish content from Power BI Desktop to a B2B workspace. In this blog, I will further elaborate on business-to-business capabilities of Power BI, some related tenant settings that allows or blocks …

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Sharing individual Power BI dataflows, but how?

Recently, I have had a challenge at a customer, where a central teams maintains many dataflows in Power BI, to store their only and single version of the truth. However, this central team maintained many different dataflows in a single workspace, but did not want to share the entire workspace with others. What now? How …

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Script and automate Power BI Backup operations

Basically for every data model, but in particular for large and enterprise-grade data models, it might be wishful to perform backups. Power BI Premium offers a way to perform backup and restore operations for Power BI datasets. This feature, coming from Azure Analysis Services, helps you to take a backup of your dataset logic as …

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Power BI Workspace setup – Part 2

After Power BI Workspace setup - part 1, which was mainly about creating your workspace, giving it the right name etcetera, this blog will elaborate on workspace permissions. If you did not read part 1 yet, I encourage you to start at that blog to get the basic setup in place. You might think, permissions …

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