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Devin Knight

Devin is a BI consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and was an author in the book Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin is a participating member of the local users’ group (JSSUG).

MDX Time Calculations Built to Scale

When creating time calculations in Analysis Services you may take several approaches. For people that have just begin learning SSAS they likely have spent several days writing calculations that return things like year to date, rolling twelve month, and period over period for every measure they have.

For the more… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 14 August 2014

Writing Parametrized MDX for Reporting Services

Writing MDX inside of Reporting Services has been the nemesis for many report writers for far too long.  If all you need is the Query Designer to create a drag and drop datasets then it’s a piece of cake, but have you ever wondered what’s going on with all the… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 4 August 2014

Understanding Analysis Services Relationships using Dimension Usage

As a part of designing an Analysis Services cube you must define how each dimension is related to each measure group in your cube through the Dimension Usage tab.  The Dimension Usage tab is found when editing the cube in the cube designer.  The screenshot below shows dimensions on rows… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 15 July 2014

Using PowerShell to Build your Azure VM Environment

In a previous post I wrote about Using a Hyper-V VHD in an Azure VM. Today I’d like to show you what my next steps were.  My goal with using Azure is to create an lab environment for student that fits the following needs:

  • Easy to create new virtual…

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Posted in Devin Knight on 23 June 2014

Reducing the Disk Size of a Hyper-V Virtual Machine

Have you ever created a Hyper-V virtual machine and later needed to change the size of the disk on the VM? When you initially create a virtual machine you provide a size for the virtual hard disk (as shown below).

It’s pretty straight forward to expand the size of this… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 19 June 2014

Setting up Automation in Azure

As I’ve started digging deeper into using Azure the need to automate tasks (turn off all VMs, turn on all VMs, automatically resize all VMs, etc…) has becomes very apparent.  In April 2014 Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Azure Automation to handle such operations. 

Activate Azure Automation

This new… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 18 June 2014

Using a Hyper-V VHD in an Azure VM

I’m in the process of moving some my lab environments that I use for teaching SQL Server classes to Azure. I’m pretty new to the Azure infrastructure world but I thought I could share some of my lessons learned in doing this. My first post will walk you through moving… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 6 June 2014

Power Pivot as the Core to your Power BI Solution

I’ve noticed a recent trend with many presentations and articles on Power BI and Excel functionality. Many of these presentations show how quickly you can take tools like Power Query to find and discover data and then quickly present it through tools like Power View and Power Map. These are… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 3 June 2014

Power Query to HDFS – Remote Name Could Not Be Resolved

I wanted to share a quick resolution I had to a problem with connecting Power Query to data stored in HDFS.

Seems easy enough. Launch Excel and through Power Query select From Other Sources –> From Hadoop Files (HDFS)

Next you’re prompted to provide your Hadoop server name then click… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 2 May 2014

Creating Power Map Reporting Solutions Recording and Q&A

I hope you were able to attend my free webinar on Creating Power Map Reporting Solutions on April 17 2014.  If you weren’t you can now watch the recording here.

Following each webinar I like to post a quick Q&A session for everything I was not able to answer in the allotted… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 18 April 2014

Bringing Power BI Q&A to your Organization Recording and Q&A

I hope you were able to attend my free webinar on Bringing Power BI Q&A to your Organization on April 15 2014.  If you weren’t you can now watch the recording here.

Traditionally following a webinar I try to post a quick Q&A session for everything I was not able… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 17 April 2014

Introduction to Power BI Recording and Q&A

I hope you were able to attend my free webinar on Understanding Microsoft Self-Service BI on March 13, 2014. If you weren’t you can now download the recording and slides.

I usually like to post follow up questions and answer that I wasn’t able to address during the webinar. Here’s… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 14 March 2014

Upcoming Webinar – Creating Power Map Reporting Solutions

Come join me for this webinar on 4/17/2014 at 11:00 AM EST

Creating Power Map Reporting Solutions

Excel 2013 with Office 365 brings many new features to the realm of Self-Service BI. There are now new ways to extract, model and present data all within Excel. One of these newest… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 13 March 2014

Upcoming Webinar – Bringing Power BI Q&A to your Organization

Come join me for this webinar on 4/15/2014 at 11:00 AM EST

Bringing Power BI Q&A to your Organization

Q&A is an amazing new feature of Power BI that allows you to ask you data question. No longer do you have to write complex SQL queries to get results. Simply… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 13 March 2014

Upcoming Webinar - Introduction to Power BI

Come join me for this webinar on 3/13/2014 at 11:00 AM EST

Introduction to Power BI 

The future of Business Intelligence has many new and exciting features. This world that was once reserved for only experts in SQL Server technologies has expanded to serve the masses with more and… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 28 February 2014

Choosing the Right Analysis Services: MOLAP vs. Tabular Recording and Q&A

I hope you were able to attend my free webinar on Choosing the Right Analysis Services: MOLAP vs. Tabular on February 11, 2014 that I delivered with Dustin Ryan.  If you weren’t you can now watch the recording here.

Traditionally following a webinar I try to post a… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 17 February 2014

Power BI for Office 365 Released

Today Microsoft has officially announced the release of Power BI for Office 365.  You can read the Power BI teams post on the release here:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powerbi/archive/2014/02/10/announcing-the-general-availability-of-power-bi-for-office-365.aspx

Power BI has some pretty amazing features that allow users take control of their data.  I’ve also written several posts in the past about… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 10 February 2014

Final Day for Power BI Voting, Can I Have Your?

Today is the final day for the Power BI Contest voting and I could use your help to move on in the competition!  Please take a moment and vote for my video here http://tinyurl.com/PowerBIDevin

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Posted in Devin Knight on 30 January 2014

Power BI Contest Entry Voting

You’ve watched my video (hopefully) now vote for it!  In a previous post I wrote about my Power BI contest entry (Read more about it here).  I really enjoyed making this video and hopefully you enjoyed watching it.  Please take a few moments and vote for my entry here. Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 20 January 2014

Power BI Contest Entry

Today I submitted my Power BI contest entry and I’d love for you to take a look!  Here’s a short description of entry and the video itself:

In this submission I have used Power BI to help me plan a vacation with my wife. We both love thrill rides so… Read more

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Posted in Devin Knight on 8 January 2014

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