More PowerBI Desktop Mapping for the Unconnected

After working through some of the options for mapping data in Power BI Desktop when you don’t have an internet connection, I wanted to do some more with the Synoptic Panel, in particular to see how best to make my own images and use them in Power BI. It mostly turned out as I wanted to…

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Mapping in Power BI Desktop for the “Disconnected”: What options do you have?

Map Examples in Power BI for the disconnected Mapping in Power BI and Power BI Desktop is one of the features that gets you the “WOW!” response. Sometimes it really is nothing more than providing some great visual context to well-known data, but I find that when folks get to see a map and then…

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FIPS and Visual Studio 2015

  I have been working with customers who enable FIPS for awhile now, and as with my previous post on Power BI Desktop, this setting sometimes crops up in unexpected ways. My colleague, Sam Lester and I ran into another FIPS-related issue recently, this time with Visual Studio 2015. Sam’s done a great job to explain…

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SSRS Tech Preview with Power BI displayed in the browser

I’m a little late catching up on a great development in the Power BI/SSRS story, but this month a new Tech Preview was released which allows you to display your Power BI files in the browser: Getting started with the Technical Preview of Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services As you’ll see from…

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November Power BI Update resolves FIPS issue

In October I reported, along with others (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/samlester/2016/10/25/power-bi-fails-with-windows-platform-fips-validated-cryptographic-algorithms-error-due-to-fips-algorithm-policy/) an issue with the FIPS configuration and Power BI. I’m pleased to say that my recent testing of this on the November update showed that the issue has been resolved! For folks who don’t work in environments where they need to enforce FIPS compliance, you may never…

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Power BI and SSRS just became better friends!

Really exciting and long-awaited news on integrating SSRS 2016 and Power BI this week! As described on the SQL Server Product Team Blog there’s now a preview available of the new integration between these two products. What does this really mean? Well, if you’ve been working with Power BI Desktop in a place where using the…

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Power BI and FIPS do not play well together

UPDATE 27 October: Here’s a workaround to allow you to use Power BI with a machine set with the FIPS registry key set. You CAN set Power BI desktop to ignore the FIPS setting but leave the registry key set. In the \Microsoft Power BI Desktop\bin folder, if you edit the PBIDesktop.exe.config file and add after the…

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Data science track in the Microsoft Professional Program – Now out of Beta. My First Impressions from taking the first courses

Wanted to share the good news that the Microsoft Professional Degree program in Data Science is now out of Beta: https://academy.microsoft.com/en-us/professional-program/data-science/ Looks like there have been a couple of changes already, including changing the timing for the courses. I started the T-SQL course and was looking to finish it before the deadline and then was…

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Microsoft Professional Degree in Data Science

There’s an interesting new offering where Microsoft has partnered with edX to package courses into a new offering: A Microsoft Professional Degree Program. https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/announcing-the-microsoft-professional-degree-mpd-program The first instance of these I have seen is in Data Science, but I can only imagine there will be additional ones to follow soon: https://academy.microsoft.com/en-US/professional-degree/data-science/ This was just announced and is still…

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Power BI can analyze your tweets!

My colleague Sam Lester has been working on creative ways to showcase how to use Power BI. His latest post talks you through analyzing your tweet history with Power BI: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/samlester/2016/07/06/create-your-personalized-twitter-analytics-dashboard-in-power-bi-in-10-minutes/ It’s a nice way to answer some questions you might not have thought to ask — like which day you most often tweet. I…

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