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Month: September 2022

Azure Data Explorer UI Updates

Michal Bar has a couple of posts for us. First, updates to the desktop app Kusto Explorer:

Query Automation allows you to define a workflow that contains a series of queries with rules and logic that govern the order in which they are executed. Automations can be reused, and users can re-run the workflow, to get updated results. Upon completion, the saved Automation produces an analysis report, summarizing all queries results with additional insights.

Then, updates to the ADX web explorer:

It is now possible to embed Azure Data Explorer dashboards in 3rd party apps. This comes on top of allowing embedding of the Monaco editor in 3rd party apps.

Dashboard embedding allows you to easily share data with your customers in a way that allows them to interact and explore it.

Using the various feature flags, you can control the exact controls that will be part of the embedded dashboard experience. For example, you can decide to remove the share, and add connection menu items or others.

To learn more about dashboard embedding, please read this doc Embed dashboards 

Read on for the full changelog.

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The Ins and Outs of Contained Availability Groups

Eitan Blumin does some digging:

Notice that all of the highlighted databases and server objects belong to the contained availability group, and all other databases and objects are not visible anymore. This is because our “master” and “msdb” databases are now the contained system databases which are separate from the actual instance system databases.

For more details about contained availability groups, such as interoperability support with other SQL Server features and more, check out the official Microsoft documentation at:

But there are several things which are not included with contained Availability Groups. click through for that list.

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Checking Power BI Licensing Costs

Gilbert Quevauvilliers doesn’t want to waste money:

I recently was assisting a customer with their Power BI licensing and what I found is that in some instances they were having licenses for Power BI Pro and Power BI Premium Per User.

By going through their licenses and assigning the correct license I was able to save the customer approximately 20% on their Power BI licensing costs per month. And over a year this adds up to quite a bit!

This does look to be more confusing than it really ought to be. I’m not sure of any reason why you would want to have Pro + Premium at the same time, so that state should be unrepresentable.

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Extracting Multiple Pages from a Website in Power Query

Matt Allington has a new project:

Every now and then when I have a Power BI project of interest to me, I like to create a video of the end to end process of building a new report. This allows me to share some “warts and all” real-world examples of how to go about building a Power BI report. It gives me a chance to show some concepts (such as creating functions and extracting multiple pages from websites) but also to show that these things are seldom smooth and error free.

Click through for a video demonstration of website data extraction and combination in a Power BI report.

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