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  1. Preview in more regions already.

    Specifically Australia. Please.

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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)

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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                • 4 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).

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                    • Ability to use windows authentication in Excel

                      If we create excel template with pivot tables and then share it among users they have to input login and password for each copy. It is inconvenient.

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                      • Support for Hybrid mode

                        In old versions of SSAS you could have parts of an In-Memory cube/tabular be read directly from a source via Direct Query, this was a great feature. One of the main reason to use Direct Query is that the table you are using doesn't fit in memory and one of the main reasons to use In-Memory is that the source is too slow. Limiting users to choose mode for a whole model is bad.
                        Please (re-)add support for a hybrid mode where some tables are In-Memory and others are Direct Query. This is important for huge Azure SQL DW solutions…

                        9 votes
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                        • North Europe Availabilty

                          This only being available in West Europe causes a bit of an issue. Data Factory is only available in North Europe hence I cannot have a modern data platform that uses DF to move data around and use Azure SSAS without moving data between data centres, are there plans to make this available in North Europe as well as the current set up does not really make a lot of sense

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                          • Built-in SSRS support for Azure AS

                            It sounds like we need a new data source type in SSRS for Azure Analysis Services. While I think you can use an AAD service account username/password in the connection string, the current EffectiveUserName implementation will fail because it will say EffectiveUserName=DOMAIN\username rather than EffectiveUserName=username@domain.com. I'm hoping that an Azure AS connection type in SSRS could use the UPN for EffectiveUserName or allow some sort of user level UPN override property or user UPN mapping.

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                            • Support for non-native applications

                              Support for non-native applications. ie. Support for Java app using Analysis Service PaaS. REST or JDBC support

                              4 votes
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                                Thanks for the update. I’m assuming you are talking specifically about URL access in such a way that works for 3rd party libraries such as OLAP4J and also general URL access without limitations around auth and resolving cluster IP addresses, etc.. We will look into it …

                              • Add ability to use Event Stream & Event File targets for xEvent Sessions

                                xEvents are tremendously helpful for monitoring and troubleshooting performance issues.

                                Ideally we'd get both "Event Stream" and "Event File" targets as there are good use cases for both.

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                                • 20 votes
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                                  • odbc

                                    Support Custom ODBC Drivers for importing data
                                    (ex: Apache Drill, Hive, PostGres etc)

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                                      We are definitely looking at how to provide more access to such data sources. Not sure on technical specifics at this stage, but is a priority and you should hear more about this in the not too distant future :)

                                    • Provide Graphical Execution Plan viewer for both Tabular and Multidimensional

                                      Currently understanding what SSAS is doing for a particular specific query is difficult and not that transparent. Having a visual representation of the steps taken by the engine to solve a query (like SQL Server Relational engine has had since SQL 7) would improve manageability

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                                      • Document TMSCHEMA DMVs

                                        The DMVs for SSAS Tabular (Azure and SQL 2016) are not documented anywhere. While the meaning of many of the fields is obvious, there are a few that are just IDs for which it would be nice to see all possible values and descriptions. It would make sense to add the definitions here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh230820.aspx

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                                        • Present Azure Analysis Services on a VNET

                                          Instead of making Azure AS available on the internet, allow admins to move it so it's only available on a VNET.

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