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Day: March 31, 2022

Automating Remote Execution via Powershell and SQL Server

Eitan Blumin dives into Powershell:

As part of my journey to get better at Powershell, I gave myself a task: Create a project utilizing Powershell at its core, to solve a complicated problem as elegantly as possible.

A complicated problem indeed presented itself: How to remotely control multiple computers without having to log into them? Make them perform any task that could possibly be needed? Control them from one central location? And make the solution as easily scalable as possible?

Read on to see what Eitan has learned and applied.

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Determining Access to Power BI Reports

Gilbert Quevauvilliers continues a series on determining who has access to what reports in Power BI:

This is the second part in my blog post series showing you how I created the Power BI Reports list.

In this blog post I am going to show you how I used PowerShell to get all the information of the App Names, reports and users that have permissions in the different Apps.

Users can get access to Power BI reports directly via the Share method, as well as via an App. I did this to ensure that I did not miss any reports that a user did have access to, and I could not show it!

Click through for the script, as well as an an explanation of how it all works.

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Power BI Table Storage Modes and Model Types

Shabnam Watson puts together a compendium (and explanation) of the different table storage modes and model types in Power BI:

I still get a lot of questions from various Power BI developers about table storage modes and how table storage modes affect an entire model’s type. Here is a post to summarize all table storage modes / model types.

The following table storage options apply when creating a Power BI model.

There’s a brief summary in the tables, as well as additional notes below them.

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Troubleshooting Out-of-Memory Errors in SQL Server’s Database Engine

Dimitri Furman shows off a DMV:

As part of our efforts to improve database engine supportability, we have added a new dynamic management view (DMV), sys.dm_os_out_of_memory_events. It is now available in Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instance and will become available in a future version of SQL Server. If an out-of-memory (OOM) event occurs in the database engine, this view will provide details to help you troubleshoot the problem, including the OOM cause, memory consumption by the database engine components at the time of event, potential memory leaks (if any), and other relevant information.

Read on to learn more about it, as well as a corresponding Extended Event.

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KQL Series

Hamish Watson does a document dump:

So what did we do here?

It searched our stored security events in the SecurityEvent table for all Accounts that had a successful login in the last 3 hours and we chose to display only the Account and number of log off events per Account in numerical order with the highest at the top.

So far I’ve introduced some new operators and things – but what is a really quick way to learn KQL?

Start with this post and just keep navigating forward. Hamish has ten posts in total.

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