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On this blog you will find articles, guides and information created by our community members and, from time to time, roundups and community news.

February 14th, we will be recognizing the “Super Users for 2019!”

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We are aware of the issue and are working on it.

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Welcome to the Power BI Community!

by Administrator jfeil ‎12-12-2018 03:57 PM - edited ‎12-13-2018 09:54 AM

Need help logging in to the Community? We've got you covered!

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I Need an Organizational Account.

by Administrator jfeil ‎12-12-2018 03:46 PM - edited ‎12-12-2018 03:49 PM

Do you need to create an organizational account? We've got you covered!

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I Have an Organizational Account.

by Administrator jfeil ‎12-12-2018 03:39 PM - edited ‎12-12-2018 03:42 PM

Already have an organizational account, but want a few pointers on how to log in via the new sign in process for the first time? Start here!

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Connect with experts, collaborate with your community and maximize learning opportunities at Microsoft Business Applications Summit. Back for its second year, this is the premier place for power users, analysts and technical architects to get hands-on with the tools you use every day – and get a sneak peek at what’s new and next. Registration is open – don't miss it!

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The dreaded “Need admin approval” error

by Administrator jfeil ‎12-04-2018 05:23 PM - edited ‎12-04-2018 05:25 PM

The dreaded “Need admin approval” error

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Power BI offers fantastic ways to integrate data from online sources. Often it is useful to just use parts of that and extend your own data set with details from an online API.

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In this blog post I show how to connect to a Read-Only replica for SQL Server Import queries, which will mean the operational systems are unaffected by queries.

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Amazing Dynamic Visual Techniques For Power BI - Detailed Examples To Review

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎11-13-2018 04:28 PM - edited ‎11-13-2018 05:24 PM

I wanted to run through some fantastic visualization techniques that you can incorporate into your Power BI models and reports.  The first one is what I call Multi-Threaded dynamic visuals and the second one is Multi-Measure dynamic visuals.

 

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Scenario Analysis (What Ifs) Tips & Techniques For Power BI

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor on ‎11-04-2018 04:18 PM - last edited on ‎11-08-2018 02:01 PM by Administrator await

Today, I wanted to cover in detail some fantastic scenario analysis techniques you can use inside of Power BI. Power BI is an amazing tool if you want to predict what may happen in the future or alternatively see what could have happened in the past based on certain variables changing in your data.

 

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SSO FAQs

by Administrator vrisch on ‎11-02-2018 06:39 AM - last edited on ‎12-20-2018 01:19 PM by Administrator jfeil

Here are some FAQs to help you troubleshoot your sign-in challenges . . . 

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The Power BI Community Has Made a Big Change!

by Administrator await ‎10-31-2018 06:55 AM - edited ‎12-06-2018 08:34 AM

We’ve made a big change to the Power BI community! We’ve streamlined the sign-in process so that when you’re signed in to Power BI, you’ll be signed into the community. No need to keep track of separate passwords or credentials with the ‘single sign on’ experience.

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Important Considerations for Setting up Incremental Refresh on Power BI Desktop

by Kumail Regular Visitor on ‎10-27-2018 01:28 AM - last edited on ‎11-13-2018 04:48 PM by Administrator await

Are you working on big data and want to leverage the powerful capabilities of Power BI desktop? Then Incremental Refresh is a key feature to learn. It makes data refreshes faster and more reliable with less resource consumption.

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Fixing Total Errors In Power BI - I Know It Can Be Frustrating

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎10-25-2018 07:25 PM - edited ‎10-25-2018 07:41 PM

With today's post I wanted to run through some examples of how you can solve errors in your totals within Power BI. Via the Enterprise DNA Support Forum, I get to see a lot of issues and requests that users who are working in Power BI Desktop have.

 

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The Power BI Community is Making Changes: More Details!

by Administrator await on ‎10-24-2018 06:35 PM - last edited on ‎11-30-2018 12:13 PM by Administrator jfeil

On October 31, we rolled out a big change to the Power BI community. We streamlined the sign-in process – once you’re signed in to Power BI, you’ll be signed into the community. No need to keep track of separate passwords or credentials with the ‘single sign on’ experience!

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Find a Power BI Event near you

by Super User on ‎10-19-2018 02:22 PM - last edited on ‎10-23-2018 09:09 AM by Administrator await

Want to find a Power BI event in your local community?  Or maybe you are travelling and want to see what events may be happening while you are at your destination?  We have the solution for you.

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Iterating Functions - SUMX & AVERAGEX, Why You Need To Understand These Well

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎10-18-2018 04:49 PM - edited ‎10-18-2018 05:43 PM

If you are creating some analysis inside of Power BI and you’re utilizing DAX measures, then having a superior understanding of how ITERATING functions work is very important. This is what this particular post will showcase to you - understanding how important these functions are.

 

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The Power BI Community is Making Changes

by Administrator await ‎10-17-2018 04:35 PM - edited ‎10-17-2018 04:39 PM

On October 31, we're rolling out a big change to the Power BI community to meet Microsoft security standards and significantly reduce the amount of spam coming into our community.

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Working With Financial Years In Power BI

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎10-11-2018 07:19 AM - edited ‎10-11-2018 07:23 AM

In today's post, I wanted to cover a few examples of how you can incorporate financial years into your Power BI models and reports. Sometimes, your date tables won’t have the custom financial years that you require for your analysis. Not only could it be financial years but you might also need to bring into filters your financial quarters.

 

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Core chart types and how to best use them

by MirandaLi Frequent Visitor ‎10-10-2018 04:46 PM - edited ‎10-10-2018 04:50 PM

If you are an adventurous kind, you might discover a vast array of fancy chart types beyond the regulars you see or use every day: Sankey chart, spider chart (radar), waffle chart, candle stick chart, stream graph, sunburst, word cloud, stacked bubbles, and you name it. At some point, you might start to question: do I really need to know every visualization display ever created to be an effective analyst? My advice is: master core chart types first before getting fancy! It’s like storing house-fixing tools in your garage.

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Developing with Power BI Embedding (Part 2)

by TedPattison on ‎10-08-2018 05:42 AM - last edited on ‎10-09-2018 06:25 AM by Administrator await

In Part 2 of this blog series, I will discuss the purpose of dedicated capcities and explain the differences between Power BI Premium and Power BI Embedded. I will also provide the neccessary details so you can choose the right type of dedicated capacity for a particular scenario.

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Financial Reporting Tips For Power BI

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor on ‎10-04-2018 04:55 AM - last edited on ‎10-08-2018 06:33 AM by Administrator await

In this post I wanted to go into a few financial reporting tips you can utilize inside Power BI. Many of you who have been using Power BI since it was re-released a few years ago know that financial reporting inside of the tables we were given has been relatively difficult.

 

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Developing with Power BI Embedding (Part 1)

by TedPattison on ‎09-30-2018 07:44 PM - last edited on ‎10-01-2018 02:37 PM by Administrator await

Power BI provides developers with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities which make it possible to embed Power BI resources into custom applications. By learning to use a set of APIs created by the Power BI team at Microsoft, a developer can embed Power BI reports, dashboards and dashboard tiles into custom web applications that target the browsers, tablets and mobile devices.

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Cumulative Totals In-Depth - The Many Variations In Power BI

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎09-27-2018 04:49 PM - edited ‎09-27-2018 04:57 PM

Today, I want to talk about cumulative totals. I want to do a deep dive into a few ways that you can create these inside of Power BI. In this first tutorial, I want to show you the most common pattern which you can utilize to create cumulative totals in a dynamic way.

 

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October 2018 Update for Power BI Embedding Webinar with Ted Pattison

by Administrator await ‎09-26-2018 05:54 PM - edited ‎09-26-2018 05:54 PM

Join Ted Pattison and Charles Sterling as they discuss the latest updates to the Power BI embedding features offered through the Power BI Service. 

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Best Practices For Power BI Desktop Development

by EnterpriseDNA Regular Visitor ‎09-20-2018 05:37 PM - edited ‎09-20-2018 05:39 PM

In this post, I want to dive into some of my best practices for Power BI Desktop development. I think bringing all these ideas together will give you a very good understanding of how I like to approach all Power BI reporting and analysis that I complete myself.

 

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If you are attending Ignite 2018, stop by to meet the Business Applications Communities Team in the Microsoft Showcase Area on Level 2 in the West Hall of the Orange County Convention Center.

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A requirement that we face very often in our projects is to be able to easily re-use multiple measures particularly when dealing with similar data models on a standard data source like for example cloud-based accounting systems like Dynamics, Xero, QuickBooks etc.

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Today, I want to touch on a really fascinating topic inside of Power BI. I call this one virtual tables. If you can start understanding how to incorporate virtual tables inside your DAX functions, you will quickly see the opportunities to extend your analysis even further.

 

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