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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Exploring Big Data: Course 2 – Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI

(This is course #2 of my review of the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data) Course #2 of 10 – Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI Foreword: For the Analyzing and Visualizing Power BI course, I have asked my outstanding colleague Steve Taylor to share his experience recently completing the course. I originally took…

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Power BI Desktop and “The Case of the Missing Taskbar Icon”

Power BI Desktop and “The Case of the Missing Taskbar Icon” For the past two years, I’ve installed and reinstalled Power BI Desktop builds hundreds of times on numerous machines. My typical pattern is to install the software and pin it to the taskbar. After pinning the application to the taskbar, I see the standard…

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IP Address Mapping in Power BI

I recently assisted in troubleshooting an issue where the error logs contained several unknown IP addresses. During this process, I created a quick dashboard in Power BI to display the location of these IP addresses on a map to get a better understanding of where the machines were located. I used a free service from…

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Power BI Desktop – Terms and Definitions

Power BI Desktop – Terms and Definitions The following list of Power BI Desktop terms and definitions are intended to help users better understand the terminology used within the product and referenced in documentation and blogs. As I work on customer sites to teach, develop, and evangelize Power BI, I’ve been asked often for a…

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Power BI Parameter Error – Invalid URI: The hostname could not be parsed

Today I encountered an issue in Power BI where a user was building a dashboard from a template I had created. The template has a single parameter, which is the full path to the exported .csv file. Several people have successfully used the template, but one user kept hitting the following error. DataFormat.Error: Invalid URI:…

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