Power BI Troubleshooting Checklist

If you have ever started a sentence with “I’m seeing a strange issue in my Power BI Desktop report” and wondered how to investigate, this article is for you. Over the past few years of troubleshooting Power BI Desktop customer issues, I’ve created a checklist that often helps to identify a root cause within a…

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Importing a .dbf (dBase) file into Power BI

How can I import data from a .dbf (dBase) file into Power BI? Today’s Power BI Mailbag Question comes from a friend who often works with geospatial data and, as a result, ends up with several different shapefile formats, including .dbf (dBase) database table files. There are several blog articles around shapefile mapping options in…

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Understanding the differences between “Power BI Desktop” and “Power BI Desktop Optimized for Power BI Report Server”

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been spending a lot of time discussing Power BI Report Server with my customers and colleagues. One of the most common questions I’m asked is: What are the differences between “Power BI Desktop” and “Power BI Desktop optimized for Power BI Report Server”?   In this blog post, I’ll…

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Help! I can’t close the Power BI Desktop Splash Screen!

Today’s blog entry is a quick tip to get around what appears to be a Power BI Desktop splash screen that won’t go away. This is the first time I’ve experienced the issue and since the window is modal and I couldn’t find a keyboard sequence to close it, I was stuck until I realized…

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Troubleshooting a Power BI Dataset Refresh Error

Troubleshooting a Power BI Dataset Refresh Error I investigated a Power BI Dataset Refresh issue tonight that had been successfully refreshing until earlier in the day, when it began to fail consistently. The report solution is an extension of the Power BI Bing News Solution Template (which is really impressive!). In the Power BI tenant,…

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2017 Year in Review – Blog Stats

Sam Lester’s 2017 Blog Year in Review 2017 was an exciting year for me as I continued to work extensively with Power BI and share my solutions, work with the Microsoft product development team to get several customer bugs fixed in our products and completed the MPP in Big Data. Along the way, I shared…

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Exploring Big Data: Course 10 – Microsoft Professional Capstone: Big Data

(This is course #10 of my review of the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data) Course #10 of 10 – Microsoft Professional Capstone: Big Data Overview: Course #10 brings the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data to a close. The capstone project is comprised of three different sections, each making up 33% of the overall…

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