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Koen Verbeeck

Koen Verbeeck is a Microsoft Business Intelligence consultant at element61, helping clients to get insight in their data. Koen has a comprehensive knowledge of the SQL Server BI stack, with a particular love for Integration Services. He's also a speaker at various conferences.

Updates to the Power BI course

Recently I published an open-source course/workshop to learn Power BI Desktop. Fellow MVP Dan English (blog | twitter) gave me the excellent feedback that IMDB actually doesn’t like people scraping their website for data. Furthermore, the OMDB API appears to have fallen almost out of funds and is… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 16 February 2017

Open Source Power BI Desktop Workshop

I’ve created a free, open-source workshop to teach people the capabilities and features of Power BI Desktop. I was inspired to do this by Brent Ozar, who also created a free open-source course How to Think Like the Engine. If you haven’t checked out that course, make sure you… Read more

9 comments, 314 reads

Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 13 February 2017

Missing Checkbox for Security Filter in Power BI Desktop

Just a quick blog post so that other people don’t waste 15 minutes of their life looking for a missing checkbox.
I was implementing security using roles in a Power BI Desktop model. I had defined the role along with its filter on top of a many 2 many relationship.… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 9 February 2017

Dynamically Changing Shapes in Power BI – Alternatives

NOTE: the DAX presented in this blog post is written in my locale (nl-BE). This means that semicolons are used in the functions and lists instead of commas. Also, we use the comma as the decimal seperator. 0.95 (in the US) is 0,95 in my locale. A couple of well… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 8 February 2017

Dynamically Changing Shapes in Power BI

UPDATE: I also published a blog post using a DAX only approach. Check it out here.

Recently someone had a question if it was possible to change the color of a shape depending on the value of a measure. Imagine for example a dashboard with the picture of a… Read more

9 comments, 1,219 reads

Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 7 February 2017

Microsoft Data Platform MVP Award

I’m very pleased, humbled, surprised and overall gleeful to announce I’m awarded the Microsoft Data Platform MVP 2017 Award.
This is a great honor and I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received of Microsoft, my peers and the SQL Server community over the past years. I’d like to… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 2 February 2017

Speaking at Techorama 2017

I’m delighted to announce that I’m selected as a speaker for the Techorama event.
Techorama is a developer congress focusing (but not limited to) Microsoft technologies. This year, the event is even bigger as they have merged with the IT Pro event ITPROceed (where I have spoken 3 times in… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 31 January 2017

Help me raise money for cancer research #tourneeminerale

In Belgium, a national campaign is launched to raise money for cancer research: #TourneeMinerale. In this campaign, people can be sponsored for not drinking alcohol for the whole month of February 2017. This sponsor money is donated to the national cancer research center. The name of the campaign – Tournée… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 19 January 2017

T-SQL Tuesday 86: SQL Server Bugs & Enhancement Requests

 Let’s kick off the new year with a T-SQL Tuesday! This month’s edition is hosted by Brent Ozar:

Announcing T-SQL Tuesday #86: SQL Server Bugs & Enhancement Requests

Brent wants us to blog about our favorite Connect items because Microsoft is currently listening to its customers and actually closing items.… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 10 January 2017

Clustered Columnstore Index really hates Updates

First a little background. I’m working on a large fact table that behaves itself as a slowly changing type 2 dimension. Weird right? But I have a good reason for this: it’s a snapshot table and if I would create the snapshots like you’re supposed to (by exploding the fact… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 23 December 2016

Master Data Services Error – Missing Temp Directory

I recently had to install SQL Server 2016 again on my Windows 10 machine. This also meant that I had to install and configure MDS as well. Last time it didn’t went so smoothly: Master Data Services error – Cannot read configuration file due to insufficient permissions. However, this… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 15 December 2016

SSIS Naming Conventions 2.0

People who have been working for a while with Integration Services probably know the legendary blog post by SQL Server MVP Jamie Thomson: Suggested Best Practises and naming conventions. The blog post served as a guidance point for many SSIS projects regarding naming conventions of the various tasks and… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 2 December 2016

Problem where you can only browse Google websites

Note: not a SQL/BI related post like usual, but since it’s a common issue I want to share my solution here

Quite recently I had a bizarre issue on my laptop: suddenly I could only browse Google websites (Google search, YouTube, Gmail …). All the other websites would time out… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 1 December 2016

Calculate a semi-additive average in DAX

A semi-additive average? What exactly are you trying to calculate? Let me explain first. A semi-additive measure is a measure that can be summed across some dimensions, but not all. Typically it’s the time dimension that isn’t additive. For example, the stock level at various warehouses. You can add all… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 24 November 2016

SQL Server 2016 service pack 1 is here!

SQL Server 2016 service pack 1 has been released and it is a mayor one! You can download it here.
Why, you ask, is it so important? Because a lot of Enterprise Edition database engine features are now available in the other editions as well. In other words, you… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 22 November 2016

Book Review – Power Pivot and Power BI

Since Power BI is all the rage right now, I was in need of some material to spice up my knowledge of DAX (read: finally understand how CALCULATE works). I’ve been following the website powerpivotpro.com for quite some time now and they always have very insightful articles about DAX and… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 15 November 2016

Master Data Services – Database Error has Occured when Publishing Business Rule

I was preparing a demo for a session about the new features of Master Data Services in SQL Server 2016. In that demo, I created a business rule to test out the extension with custom scripts. When the business rule was finished, I tried to publish it. But, I was… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 31 October 2016

First thoughts on Power BI on premises

The wait is over, the Reporting Services team finally released a preview for Power BI Desktop reports hosted on premises using Reporting Services! The preview itself is a VM hosted in Azure. You can read all about setting it up in the SSRS team blog post.

I toyed around… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 27 October 2016

Master Data Services error – Cannot read configuration file due to insufficient permissions

In preparation of my upcoming webinar on the new features of Master Data Services 2016, I installed MDS on my system. Otherwise it would be quite hard to give demos, of course. The installation itself went quite smooth, no remarks there. I also enabled Internet Information Services (IIS) on my… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 23 October 2016

What’s new in SSRS 2016 – Session Contents

The 2016 edition of the Belgian SQL Server Days is over. It was a blast – as usual – and it was very nice meeting up with the #sqlfamily again. I had a session about the new features in SSRS 2016. I was so excited that I could do a… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 14 October 2016

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