Azure Analysis Services

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  1. Encode as integer

    My data lineage systems frequently use uniqueidentifiers or hash keys. I have to apply surrogate keys to them which doesn't parallelise well or compress well in the vertipak engine.

    I would like to import these fields directly into the analysis services model and mark them "encode as integer". Analysis services should encode and display the columns as an integer. The alpha-numeric code should not be stored in the dictionary. At process time, the original values would be read, coalesced across active and inactive dax relationships (thus part might be tricky) , compiled and then discarded.

    My nderstanding is that it…

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    • Allow Azure AD applications to be assigned as administrators

      Currently only user accounts can be added as administrators of Azure Analysis Services.

      It would be really useful to be able to assign registered applications as administrators - particularly for scenarios where we have build integration with VSTS and other automation scenarios.

      Requiring that only user accounts can be added as admins means we wind up needing dummy user accounts in the directory.

      6 votes
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      • Support for Auto Refreshing Analysis Service

        Can Analysis Services as PaaS have the ability to configure refreshes. This will make it a full fledge PaaS not needing an external components like Azure Functions to refresh it.

        Basically have ability to refresh one or more Activities?

        3 votes
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        • Conditional formatting support in Tabular

          Please add support for conditional formatting for measures (e.g. http://richardlees.blogspot.com/2008/11/elaborate-your-cubes-with-conditional.html). Some customers have invested in this and is an adoption blocker for tabular.

          9 votes
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          • Support security groups that are in the domain name format, not just the email address format

            Please support security groups that are in the domain name format, not just the email address format.

            Using the workaround described here can be manual and time-consuming: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlblog/2017/01/24/azure-analysis-services-howto-add-security-group/

            2 votes
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            • "Overdraft Protection" for Memory Consumption

              Similar to overdraft protection on a bank account... would be nice to have a similar concept for Azure AS instances where the instance auto-scales up if memory consumption exceeds the current limit (instead of an error - for example during processing)

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              • Publish the query and model from Power BI Desktop to Azure Analysis Services

                I want to use Azure Analysis Services from Power BI without developer/DBA.

                I hope the query and model from Power BI Desktop to Azure Analysis Services, and connect from Power BI Desktop/Power BI Service to Azure Analysis Services.

                10 votes
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                • Query for Azure Analysis Services Tabular

                  I want to use Azure Analysis Services Tabular for Power BI Services with over 1 GB data models.
                  My query use the Query in most case Power BI without developers.
                  I hope Azure Analysis Services with the Query feature.

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                  • Add schema compare so you can easily deploy particular changes like BISM Normalizer

                    SSDT Database project already has a schema compare, so you can easily generate deployment script to sync the structure of the database. Since tabular models are now defined in JSON, it would really make sense to have similar functionality for (Azure) Analysis Services.

                    38 votes
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                    • Writeback to tabular model

                      And a way to incrementally push changes into regular sql after updating of the model.

                      3 votes
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                      • Make Microsoft Azure Analysis Services availible for non default AAD users

                        It would be nice to be able to be able to grant access to users that are not part of the Default AAD. It could be users from a Customers AAD directories that are not your subscription or/and from users that are in another Directory in the subscription

                        6 votes
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                        • Improve connection experience

                          This is driving me a bit nuts.
                          I have two machines. One local and a Azure VM with:
                          SQL Server 2016
                          SSAS Tabular
                          and
                          Azure SQL database.

                          My employer doesn't have any Azure Active directory services.

                          I've created an AAS server and can connect to it with ssms.

                          When I try to deploy I get error messages, but somehow the metadata for both database sources has been deployed but it cant process.

                          It keeps insisting that the impersonation settings are invalid but I can only use windows authentication to access the vm in azure.

                          At first I forgot to add…

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                          • Enable user mapping - multi domain

                            On a SSAS connection in the Power BI service, we can easily map end-users from different domains to the AD of the SSAS.
                            With SSAS on Azure, we're stuck to the default AD, which is blocking several scenarios.
                            Please add this flexibiliy to (e.g. by adding this mapping functionality)

                            8 votes
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                            • Please add a corresponding PaaS version of SSRS with SSO using Azure AD.

                              Please add a corresponding PaaS version of SSRS with SSO using Azure AD.

                              Currently having to install and manage a HA setup of SSRS 2016 is a huge waste of time and money. SSRS is the perfect candidate for a PaaS solution which scales in price with usage / performance.

                              Even better build in support for authenticating users using Azure AD for SSO (which current SSRS 2016 still does not support !!!).

                              Many Thanks
                              Mark

                              8 votes
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                              • Use in-memory data sets as a base for multiple data models

                                Duplicating data on in-memory storage is expensive (cost, load times,..). Allowing for the flexibility of having in-memory datasets linked to multiple data models allow for greater flexibility towards end-users while keeping infrastructure price at par. It would also allow for a broader set of customized/tailored data models (mostly related to links between data sets) while still centrally managed.

                                6 votes
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                                • Azure AS Data Connections in Excel Online

                                  Support hosting Excel workbooks with live connections to Azure AS in Excel Online (incl workbooks inside Power BI), with pass-through of AAD user identity to AS.

                                  Effectively, complete cloud equivalent for Excel Services in on-prem SharePoint!

                                  15 votes
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                                  • firewall

                                    At the moment it does not look like it is possible to lock down access to the analysis services public endpoint by IP address. It would be good to have a firewall in a similar way to SQL Azure or Azure Data Warehouse.

                                    5 votes
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                                    • Allow support for SSAS Azure in PowerBI Embedded

                                      Allow use of SSAS Azure as a source for PowerBI Embedded.

                                      That's all folks!

                                      33 votes
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                                      • 7 votes
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                                        • Data Lake Store as data source

                                          Anaysis Services could be a great semantic layer for curated data that are stored in a Data Lake Store (typically output from Data Lake Analytics jobs).

                                          21 votes
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