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  1. Add an "Analyze in Power BI Desktop" button to SSDT-Tabular

    Basically the same functionality as the existing "Analyze in Excel" button found in the top icon bar when developing tabular models in SSDT/VS... only tied to Power BI Desktop instead of excel.

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    • Basic filter improvement

      Query section -> filters -> Basic
      What is now, the basic filter provides including different rows of 1 column, implemented as a simple select(dropdown menu). But if I need to select a big number of rows at once, I have to search select each of them so many times. To my mind, it is better to customize the choice, because it may be sometimes disgusting to pick every.

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      • Add Team Service source control to the new Azure Analysis Services Web Designer

        Add Team Services as a source control open for the new Azure AS Web Designer

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          • Include all Power BI Data Connectors in AAS

            Azure Analysis Services has a limited number of data connectors compared with Power BI. Without access to the same data connectors, it will be impossible to import Power BI files into AAS without a lot of re-building data integration steps using other methods.

            Here is the current list of NON-BETA connectors Power BI has that AAS does not:

            - Amazon Redshift
            - Azure Data Lake Store
            - Blank Query
            - Facebook
            - Google Analytics
            - Hadoop File (HDFS)
            - IBM DB2 Database
            - Impala
            - Power BI Service
            - R Script
            - SalesForce Objects
            - SalseForce Reports
            - SharePoint Folder …

            11 votes
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            • Highly Available Azure Cubes

              I would like to see a feature in Azure analysis service where when if a server or cube is getting processed the report connection can be redirected to another server. This functionality can be done in on premise cubes with help of load balancer and shell scripts. Anything of this sort on Azure can be great full.

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              • Tabular model KPI status thresholds using fields

                We should be able to set the KPI status thresholds using table fields or measures. In my business KPI thresholds change with seasons and item categories. So by being able to set these thresholds using table fields or measures, the thresholds can be set without having to edit the datamodel.

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                • Implement Url and Report custom actions in Azure AS

                  The custom action for Url and Report was available in SSAS Tabular 1103 using BIDS Helper and relying on the existing infrastructure of Multidimensional. Users in Excel use this feature and this is blocking the upgrade of the model to new compatibility levels (and also stopping the adoption of Azure Analysis Services).

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                  • Syntax highlighting for TMSL

                    Can we get syntax highlighting for TMSL? Maybe even intellisense? It'd be really handy when editing a model.bim file.

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                    • Allow managing synonyms in Azure Tabular models

                      Power BI has a feature that allows you to set synonyms for a column. it would be nice if we could manage those synonyms in a SSAS tabular model and be able to use those synonyms in Power BI when it direct query mode

                      7 votes
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                      • Support ability to get the logs of queries, users who executed them, and time it took for queries to run on my AAS instance

                        Would like the ability to get the logs of queries, users who executed them, and time it took for queries to run on my AAS instance. I would like to keep track of this data so I can see if read performance gets worse, which users use the AAS instance the most, and which kind of queries users run so I can optimize for them, for example.

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                        • Get-ASDatabase Powershell command

                          How about adding a Powershell command to get the databases (models) within a server? We are making multiple models with an Azure AS server and are now processing them by using command Invoke-ProcessASDatabase. If we can do a Get-ASDatabase, we can loop through all the models that need to processed and start processing.
                          Tags for models will also be a useful feature, for example to be able to tag the models and add processing schema (hourly, daily, etc.).

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                          • Add support for service principle authentication

                            I'd like to be able to refresh cube partitions from within data factory.

                            I've got an Azure Batch process that runs a class using the AMO library, however the authentication options are limited - I can either hard code an AD username and password into the connection string, or run the application from an authorised account (which I don't think is possible in azure batch).

                            Support for more forms of authentication would enable cube refreshes from data factory / azure batch.

                            6 votes
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                              We do support service principals. The next SSMS will make them a lot easier to set in roles and we also have some client lib changes that will make them easier to use. Now you can use them by getting the token yourself and passing it in as the password on the connection string.

                            • Cover Azure Analysis Services in the HIPAA BAA

                              Please add Azure Analysis Services to the HIPAA BAA so we can use it in healthcare software.

                              6 votes
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                              • 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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                                • 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?

                                  14 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.

                                    12 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/

                                      4 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)

                                        4 votes
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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.

                                          18 votes
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