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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.

Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science – The Finish Line

In October 2017, I completed the capstone project of the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science. I’ve blogged about this program before:

I’m happy to announce I got the certificate: Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 21 November 2017

Installing the MDS add-in for Excel 2016

For some reason I attract all kinds of misery when working with Master Data Services. Today I was trying to install the add-in for SQL Server 2012 on a machine that has Office 2016 64-bit installed. I clicked on the link in the MDS webpage which send me to the… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 15 November 2017

Can’t Connect to Analysis Services – Invalid Connection Information

I have a new installation of SQL Server 2017, along with an instance of Analysis Services Tabular 2017. I tried to connect to the SSAS instance for the first time, and I was greeted with the following error:

“Invalid connection information to establish the server connection”

I was using SSMS… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 30 October 2017

Error Installing SQL Server 2017

A quick blog post on an error I got when installing SQL Server 2017 RTM. I ran the set-up for the usual features (database engine, SSAS, SSIS, SSRS and MDS), but the installation failed for the database engine and SSIS. During the set-up, I received two pop-ups notifying that something… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 20 October 2017

dataMinds Connect 2017 – And The Winner Is?

Last week I had the privilege to host a little contest to give away one free ticket to dataMinds Connect 2017, the biggest Microsoft Data Platform conference in the Benelux. There was a prize question you had to answer:

How many versions of SQL Server have I worked with? Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 25 September 2017

dataMinds Connect 2017 (win a ticket!)

Within two weeks the wait is over: the first edition of dataMinds Connect! For those of you wondering what I’m talking about, dataMinds Connect is the new name of the SQL Server Days (the biggest Microsoft Data Platform event in the Benelux). I’ve been a regular speaker at the… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 18 September 2017

Error Processing Tabular – Method Not Found

Very quick blog post today. While setting-up a development server at a client who is still using SQL Server 2012, I was greeted with the following error while processing a Tabular model:

Errors in the high-level relational engine. The following exception occurred while an operation was being performed on a…

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 15 September 2017

CALCULATE and FILTER: A Love Story?

There have already been many posts/articles/books written about the subject of how CALCULATE and FILTER works, so I’m not going to repeat all that information here. Noteworthy resources (by “the Italians” of course):

In this… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 6 September 2017

The Wait Is Over – SSIS 2017 Is Here!

Finally, months after the release of SSAS and SSRS projects for VS 2017, we have the ability to create SSIS projects in VS 2017. The title is a bit misleading, because we could already create SSIS 2017 projects using the latest version of SSDT for Visual Studio 2015:

However, if… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 23 August 2017

Fix for Blurry SSMS in Windows 10

I recently got a new laptop with Windows 10. I noticed SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS 17.1) was looking a bit blurry on my laptop screen. On another screen, it looked fine though. The cause for this is easy to find in the display settings. My primary screen is scaled… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 14 August 2017

Two Small Tips for Working with Azure

Very quick blog post about two tips for working with Azure (hence the title of course). I recently started up a project where the data warehouse needed to be fully in the cloud. This was an Azure SQL Database, not Azure Data Warehouse. The size of the DWH was just… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 10 August 2017

SSIS – Error while deploying package The locale identifier (LCID) is not supported by SQL Server

A quick blog post about an issue I encountered today. I tried deploying a simple SSIS project to my local SSIS catalog. No biggie. However, at the last step of the deployment I was greeted with the following .NET error:

A .NET Framework error occurred during execution user-defined routine or…

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 8 August 2017

Webinar – Supercharge Your SQL Server Data Warehouse with Columnstore Indexes

I have the pleasure to announce I’ll deliver a webcast for MSSQLTips.com at the August 24th of 2017. The webinar will be an introduction to columnstore indexes, which have gained quite some importance since you can now use them in Standard Edition of SQL Server 2016 SP1 or higher.
Title:… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 7 August 2017

The times they are ae-changing

I have been quite on this blog for a couple of weeks now, and there are a couple of reasons for this. First of all, it’s the holiday season and I need some rest too

Secondly, I have changed jobs since the 1st of August 2017. This means a lot… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 3 August 2017

Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science – Continued

A couple of weeks back I blogged about my progress in the “Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science” curriculum. I’ve now finished the remainder of the courses. Now I only need to finish the capstone project. This project only occurs at the start of each quarter and runs for a… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 19 June 2017

Where’s the Trend Line in Power BI Desktop?

A quick blog post on finding where the trend line is hiding in Power BI Desktop. Docs will state it is in the analytics pane for certain types of visualization. However, it doesn’t always show up:

(I really resisted the urge to post another “Dude, where is my car” image) Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 13 June 2017

Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science – The Road So Far

I’ve currently been participating in the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science. It’s an online curriculum of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course), all provided through the edX platform. You are free to participate, but for a verified certificate you will need to pay (and Microsoft/edX has bumped up the… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 26 May 2017

Power BI Announcements Summary

It was a crazy week for Power BI. There were quite a lot of announcements, so I’ll try to wrap them up in one single blog post and share my thoughts as well.

POWER BI DESKTOP

Again an amazing release (May 2017). Noticeable features are:

  • Measures on top of live…

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 5 May 2017

Book Review – The Truthful Art

I’m participating in the #vizBookClub, a great idea by the data visualization community. In short, we read a book about data visualization and we post our thoughts online. A blog post with more detail: Introducing our Data Viz Book Club. The first selected book is The Truthful Art by… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 21 April 2017

PASS BA Marathon – Spring Edition Q&A

The PASS BA Marathon Spring Edition was quite a success. A lot of people tuned in (over 400), the webinar went great (lots of great feedback!) and there were a lot of interesting questions. You can find the recording here. Since I didn’t have the time to answer all… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 19 April 2017

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