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  1. 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).

      2 votes
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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

          3 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.

            2 votes
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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.

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                • 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.

                  2 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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                    • 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.

                      8 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?

                        9 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.

                          10 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/

                            3 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)

                              2 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.

                                14 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.

                                    46 votes
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                                    • Writeback to tabular model

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

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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

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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
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                                          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…

                                          2 votes
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