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Object-Level Security for Analysis Services Tabular

Among the many new features coming w/ SSAS 2017, object-level security for tabular models is at (or close to) the top of the list for a few clients I work with. In fact, for 1 client, it is/was important enough that we decided to join the early adopter program (EAP) […]

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Power Query = Mind Blown

The Power Query engine was first introduced as an Excel plugin (back when it was referred to as “Data Explorer”)… then we saw it again in Power BI Desktop… then again earlier this year in SSAS Tabular… and now (or very soon) as a cloud service. Quite frankly, I’ve been […]

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Model Development Performance Improvements for Tabular Models Using Compatibility Level 1200+

It wasn’t until just a few weeks ago, while performing a design assessment on a very large tabular model, that I was finally able to appreciate one of the most underrated improvements made in SSAS Tabular 2016. This particular client was on SSAS 2014 and had a very mature tabular […]

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Using the Azure REST API to Pause All AS Instances in a Resource Group

Forgetting to shutdown your Azure environments and burning through a month’s worth of Azure MSDN credit if you’re lucky (and racking up a large credit card charge if you’re not) is a pretty common experience these days. Some might even call it a right-of-passage (like running a DELETE statement in […]

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Monitoring Azure Analysis Services Instances via Azure Portal

At some point in the past couple weeks/months, the Azure Analysis Services team managed to expose a few more metrics to the Azure AS Monitoring / Metrics blade. Last I checked, there were only 2 metrics available… Memory and QPU… arguably two of the most important metrics to track as they […]

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Azure Analysis Services: Choosing a Pricing Tier

April was a big month for the Azure Analysis Services community – as the product has finally been released for General Availability! Unfortunately, this also means bye bye to preview-pricing. Thankfully, there’s a new “tier” available to choose from when provisioning an Azure AS instance to help offset the price […]

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Managing User Access to Azure Analysis Services Databases

Managing User Access to Azure Analysis Services Databases

In order to access a tabular model, users must either be a member of the Analysis Services instance administrators group or granted access via a database role. For on-premise SSAS instances, this meant adding the windows user account (e.g. Domain\User) to the SSAS database project via SSDT during development (or […]

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Connecting to Azure Analysis Services via Excel – Easy Mode

Power BI is certainly picking up speed, but the number 1 ad-hoc reporting client in Analysis Services environments continues to be Excel. Not much of a surprise really… Excel is a super popular tool across a wide-variety of users. Once you train someone how to use a pivot table, there’s […]

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Managing Your Azure AS Environment with PowerShell – Building Blocks

One of the major value propositions of Azure AS (and this is true for many cloud technologies) is flexibility – spinning up more resources when demand spikes and turn things off when they aren’t – so that you’re only paying for what you need. In order to take advantage of […]

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How Much RAM Do I Need For My SSAS Tabular Server?

Much of my client work these days is focused on performance… making slow Analysis Services servers run faster. The good part about these types of engagements is that there’s usually (not always) a good amount of low-hanging fruit and I get to play the hero that swoops in to save the day. The bad […]

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