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  1. "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.

      8 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.

          34 votes
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          • Writeback to tabular model

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

            2 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

              3 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)

                  7 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

                    6 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!

                        11 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!

                            22 votes
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                            • 6 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).

                                19 votes
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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.

                                  9 votes
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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…

                                    11 votes
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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.

                                      28 votes
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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.

                                          3 votes
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