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Cumulative Update #10 for SQL Server 2016 SP1

The 10th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2016 SP1 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates.
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Webinar 7/17/2018 July 2018 Update for Power BI Embedded with Ted Pattison

Join Charles Sterling and Ted Pattison as they walk through what is new and coming for Power BI Embedding in July 2018. 

If you are not fmiliar with with Power BI Embedded for application developers you can embed visual analytics in your products, so your users and customers can gain valuable insights, and you can get to market fast. To embed Power BI in your application or portal, you'll need at least one Power BI Pro account, which will serve as a master account for your application. This master account will allow you to generate embed tokens to enable your application to access Power BI. 

Where: https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Webinars-and-Video-Gallery/July-2018-Update-for-Power-BI-Embedding-with-Ted-Pattison/m-p/463628#M116

When: 7/17/2018

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Ted Pattison is an author, instructor and owner of Critical Path Training (www.CriticalPathTraining.com), a company dedicated to education on Microsoft technologies including Power BI, SharePoint and Office 365. Ted has been speaking at conferences for over 20 years and is a regular speaker at users groups including the Power BI User Group which started in April of 2016. Ted also maintains several open source projects in GitHub including the SharePoint 2016 VM Setup Guide, The Online Virtual Classroom setup Guide and the Power BI Party Pack with sample data and code for demonstrations.

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Important Change to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Update Policy

CRM Blog Important Change to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Update Policy

Microsoft is revising its Dynamics 365 update policy resulting in some important changes for existing customers.

In a recent blog post it announced:

  • Two major D365 cloud releases each year will deliver new functions and capabilities
  • Updates will be available from April and October each year
  • Release notes will be published on July 23 for the October 2018 update
  • Updates will be backwards compatible so apps and supported customizations remain operational post-update
  • New features involving potentially disruptive changes will be disabled by default enabling prior testing
  • Revised update timelines to help administrators validate the impact of major updates in a sandbox environment
  • Continuous delivery schedule means that customers running an older version will need to update to the latest edition
  • Revised update process applies to the D365 apps and underlying platform (Common Data Service for Apps)

What this means for Dynamics 365 users

In practice, Microsoft has consistently shipped two main updates each year but the major change for existing customers is the removal of the option to skip a cloud release.

Until now, D365 admins have been able to remain up to one version behind the latest version but this will now require all to be on the latest available version.

With all users on one version, Microsoft will be better able to focus its resources on adding new features and making Dynamics performance improvements.

As a result, customers running Customer Engagement apps (Sales, Customer Service, Project Service & Field Service) should plan to be on the latest version by 31 January 2019.

D365 v9.0 users are already using the latest version but this change in policy will require v8.2 users to complete their cloud update before Feb’2019 to avoid having an automated update being scheduled by Microsoft.

Many admins already use a sandbox environment to test updates before applying to their live environment. From April 2019, Microsoft has signaled that it will provide a separate timeline specifically to test new capabilities and train users in advance.

As well as its two major updates each year, Microsoft promises a continuous set of updates for reliability and performance. A recent step up in the frequency of its update cadence has been evident with new updates arriving most weeks.

To find out more, Microsoft has published FAQ’s about its new Dynamics 365 update policies.

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Power BI Developer community June update

This blog post covers the latest updates for Power BI Developers community. Don’t forget to check out the May blog post, if you haven’t done so already.

 

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Here is the list of June updates for Embedded Analytics…

Embed capabilities

Set Slicer values through JavaScript API

Use Themes in embedded dashboards

‘Interactive feature showcase’ section added to the Playground tool

Automation & life-cycle management

New REST API documentation

Power BI Embedded in Azure

Power BI Workspace Collections is being deprecated

 
Embed capabilities

Set Slicers value through JavaScript API

When users interact with reports and want to see specific views of the data, they usually use the filter pane or Slicers. A slicer is an alternate way of filtering that narrows the portion of the dataset shown in the other visualizations in a report. Many authors add Slicers into their report as it is more compelling and discoverable by end users.

While the Filters API has been available in JS SDK, we now offer Slicers API to give developers full control on the interactivity and drilling capabilities for end users. The API allows you to get the slicer’s current settings or apply a new filter on the slicer. The API can be used at any time during the user’s session, including upon report load. The API supports both Native and Custom slicers*, and functionality of syncing slicers will also be consistent when you use the new API.

* Custom slicers will be available within 2 weeks.

 

Use Themes in embedded dashboards

We are happy to announce that you can now embed dashboards that includes themes, similarly to report themes. With dashboard themes you can apply a color theme to the dashboard your users consume. The Power BI portal is used to set and apply the dashboard theme.

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‘Interactive feature showcase’ section added to the Playground tool

Our newly designed Playground tool includes a showcase section of interactive feature. This showcase walks you through some of our capabilities and shows how you can unlock their potential in your application.

As we keep growing our product, more showcases will be added to this section. Currently we are releasing two showcases:

1. ‘Dynamic report layout’ Showcase

Learn how to build a personal selection of visuals for each user by dynamically embedding visuals from a report page.

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2. ‘Capture & share bookmarks’ showcase

Learn how your users can create and share their own views of the report page.

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Automation & life-cycle management

New REST API documentation

We are excited to announce that we have new Documentation for all of Power BI REST APIs. We moved them to a new location, so you can find them here.

The new documentation are auto-generated from Swagger files of our REST APIs. It might take some time to get used to the new structure, but as these docs gets auto-generated, you can be sure that you always see the most updated version in documentation, and that it is in-sync with our latest SDK version.

In the future we will add the ability to explore and try the REST APIs interactively.

 
Power BI Embedded in Azure

Power BI Workspace Collections is being deprecated

As announced in May 2017, Power BI Workspace collections is being retired. The retirement will be effective in the next few days. If you are a Workspace Collections customer without an EA signed prior to June 2017, visuals embedded using Power BI Workspace Collections will no longer be viewable within your apps.

We recommend migrating to Power BI Embedded to keep using the embedded analytics capabilities you’re familiar with, and to take advantage of additional Power BI Embedded features.

 

If you are puzzled or run into few issues, be sure to check our resources that can help you get by:

Report Themes

Now your custom visual supports Report Themes. Users can apply a color theme to their entire report, such as corporate colors, seasonal coloring, or any other color theme they might want to apply. To apply color themes, users need Report Theme JSON file. A whole bunch of read-made JSON files can be found here, users can download and import to their report.

Find more information on Report theme JSON file format to create your own theme here.

Note:

· Custom visuals that have hard-coded colors are not affected by theme change.

· Extended JSON format file is not supported for custom visuals.

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As always, feel free to use all the communication channels at your disposal to connect with our team, share your thoughts and ask questions:

· Community

· Contact us for support- pbicvsupport@microsoft.com

Inspire

Come and hear about Power BI Embedded in Microsoft’s Partner event of the year.

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Microsoft Business Applications Summit

Tons of content for Power BI and Power BI Embedded, and a great chance to interact with the Power BI Product team.

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That’s all for this post. We hope you found it useful. Please continue sending us your feedback, it’s very important for us. Have an amazing feature in mind? please share it and vote in our Power BI Embedded Ideas forum, or our Custom Visuals Ideas forum.

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On-premises data gateway June update is now available

We are happy to announce that we have just released the June update for the On-premises data gateway.

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This month’s Gateway update includes an updated version of the Mashup Engine, which matches the one released as part of the Power BI Desktop June update. This will ensure that the reports that you publish to the Power BI Service and refresh via the Gateway will go through the same query execution logic/runtime as in the latest Power BI Desktop version. Note that there are some Beta connectors still not supported by the Gateway. Please refer to specific connector documentation for more details or contact us if you have any questions.

This update also includes a number of bug fixes and improvements to previously released features.

That’s all for this month’s Gateway update. We hope that you find these updates useful and continue sending us feedback for what new capabilities you’d like to see in the future.

 

Join us at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit

Don’t forget to register for the Microsoft Business Applications Summit! Don’t miss the event to connect, collaborate, and pack in as much Power BI learning as possible, July 22-24 in Seattle.

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There are going to be many great Power BI sessions and tons of chances to interact directly with the Power BI team.

 

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MapR platform update brings major AI and Analytics innovation…through the file system

From the very beginning of its entry to the market, MapR focused on the file system as an axis of innovation. Recognizing that the native Hadoop Distributed File System’s (HDFS’s) inability to accommodate updates to files was a major blocker for lots of Enterprise customers, MapR put an HDFS interface over the standard Network File System (NFS) to make that constraint go away.

While seemingly simple, the ability for Hadoop to see a standard file system as its own meant that lots of data already present in the Enterprise could be processed by Hadoop. It also meant that non-Hadoop systems could share that data and work cooperatively with Hadoop. That made Hadoop more economical, more actionable and more relevant. For many customers, it transformed Hadoop from a marginal technology to a critical one.

Back to the file system
While MapR has subsequently innovated on the database, streaming and edge computing layers, and has embraced container technology, it is today announcing a major platform update that goes back to file system innovation. But this time it’s not just about making files update-able; it’s about integrating multiple file system technologies, on-premises and in the cloud, and making them work together.

Also read: Kafka 0.9 and MapR Streams put streaming data in the spotlight
Also read: MapR gets container religion with Platform for Docker

The core of the innovation is around integration between the MapR file system (MapR-FS) and Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) file system protocols. This integration manifests in more than one form, and there’s some subtlety here, so bear with me.

S3, for two
The first integration point is support for an S3 interface over MapR-FS, via the new MapR Object Data Service. This allows applications that are S3-compatible to read and write data stored in MapR-FS. Since the S3 protocol is supported not just by S3 itself, but also by on-premises file systems, the ecosystem support for the protocol is robust. Now MapR-FS is part of that ecosystem.

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MapR’s Object Data Services


Credit: MapR

But the integration doesn’t end there; it works in the other direction too. That is to say that S3-compatible storage volumes, including actual S3 buckets in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, can be federated into MapR-FS, providing a more economical storage option to accommodate data to which applications need only infrequent access.

Premium tiers
MapR-FS now also incorporates erasure coding for fast ingest, ideally on solid state disk (SSD) media. Together with standard S3-compatible storage and native MapR-FS, this allows for full-on storage tiering, enabling what MapR calls a “multi-temperature” data platform. Customers can put hot (frequently-accessed) data on the performance-optimized SSDs; warm (infrequently accessed) data on conventional spinning disks, and cold (rarely accessed) data on S3-compatible storage, including Amazon S3 itself.

Tiered storage is the enabler for keeping all data accessible, in an economically-efficient fashion. That in turn allows for analytics and AI to be far more effective and powerful. You never know when that old data will be important in a particular analysis exercise. And sometimes the best machine learning models are the ones that have been built on deep, historical data, in addition to the more recently-collected variety.

Don’t just make it possible; make it easy
But tiered storage can’t enable all that if it’s just a manual storage strategy. Luckily, this new MapR platform release makes the placement of different data on different media automated, through declarative policy, and all the data tiers are federated in a single namespace so that they feel like a single file system.

There’s much more:

  • Important performance optimizations, including the location of metadata and file stubs in the native MapR-FS layer for S3 data
  • Security features like automatic encryption of all data by default and Secure File-based services with NFSv4
  • Simple GET and PUT operations to move data physically between tiers
  • Strong features like the scheduled or automatic file recall to move data from higher-latency tiers to lower-latency tiers when it becomes newly-relevant
  • Support for fault tolerance features like disaster recovery clusters in the cloud through mirroring from the MapR cluster to MapR-XD cloud storage in AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure

Also read: MapR diversifies to cloud storage market
Also read: MapR File System selected by SAP for cloud storage layer

In addition to the above, MapR’s integration of Apache Spark 2.3 and Drill 1.14; support for Kafka KSQL; and MapR-DB language bindings for Python and Node.JS make analytics and AI more accessible to a variety of developers and business users. This accessibility is an excellent compliment to the extra enablement provided by the tiered storage.

Parting thoughts
The heart of big data analytics and indeed AI involves high volumes of raw data stored as flat (delimited, JSON, XML, etc.) files. That makes the file system itself critical in operationalizing and optimizing analytics and AI. Adding abstraction layers across the many different storage technologies and locations available today, both on-prem and cloud-based, is key to breaking data silos and making the necessary data easily accessible. And that, in turn, is what makes superior analytics and machine learning possible.

This latest MapR platform release will be available in the third quarter of this year, i.e. within the next three calendar months.

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Cumulative Update #8 for SQL Server 2017 RTM

The 8th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2017 RTM is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates.
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June Power BI Desktop Update: Dynamics 365 9.0 OData Endpoint

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Since the release of Microsoft Dynamics 365 version 9.0, we have needed to continue using the 8.x OData endpoint rather than the 9.0.

For example, we have been using:
https://ORGNAME.api.crm.dynamics.com/api/data/v8.2

Rather than:
https://ORGNAME.api.crm.dynamics.com/api/data/v9.0/

With the June 2018 Power BI desktop update, this is now possible! An additional benefit is it is also much faster. If you have attempted to use the 9.0 endpoint in the last several months, you most likely received a message such as this:

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First, you need to ensure you have the latest desktop update. If you have installed the Windows 10 App, you should be good to go. If you are updating manually each month you will need to download the June update.

Confirm your version by clicking: File > Help >About

If your version shows May 2018 or older, navigate to the Power BI desktop download to get the latest version.

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After downloading and installing, confirm you now have the June 2018 version:

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Next, get your data:

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Enter your Web API URL: (replace ORGNAME with your actual organization’s name! J)

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Now then – in terms of the error, the Navigator successfully loads your list of entities!

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Additionally, the June Updates features list includes OData V4 connector enhancements.

In our testing, we found a nice improvement in refresh time. Our sample data set was not large (six entities and a few thousand records) but enough to measure.

Refresh time:

  • 8.2 Endpoint – 45 secs
  • 9.0 Endpoint – 20 secs

If you have existing reports you can simply edit the query and change to 9.0.

1. Open your *.pbix file

2. Click to ‘Edit Query

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3. Click the settings wheel on the ‘Source‘ step of your query(ies) and paste or modify the API URL

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4. Close Apply to confirm

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Now you should be good to go with the 9.0 OData endpoint!

Power BI is a great tool within Microsoft’s suite of business applications. If you’re interested in learning how Power BI can integrate with other powerful Microsoft apps, join us at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit on July 22-24 in Seattle. Register with code HCL100dc to receive $ 100 discount.

Happy Dynamics 365’ing and Power BI’ing

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June Power BI Desktop Update: Dynamics 365 9.0 OData Endpoint

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Since the release of Microsoft Dynamics 365 version 9.0, we have needed to continue using the 8.x OData endpoint rather than the 9.0.

For example, we have been using:
https://ORGNAME.api.crm.dynamics.com/api/data/v8.2

Rather than:
https://ORGNAME.api.crm.dynamics.com/api/data/v9.0/

With the June 2018 Power BI desktop update, this is now possible! An additional benefit is it is also much faster. If you have attempted to use the 9.0 endpoint in the last several months, you most likely received a message such as this:

061918 1634 JuneUpdatef1 June Power BI Desktop Update: Dynamics 365 9.0 OData Endpoint

First, you need to ensure you have the latest desktop update. If you have installed the Windows 10 App, you should be good to go. If you are updating manually each month you will need to download the June update.

Confirm your version by clicking: File > Help >About

If your version shows May 2018 or older, navigate to the Power BI desktop download to get the latest version.

061918 1634 JuneUpdatef2 June Power BI Desktop Update: Dynamics 365 9.0 OData Endpoint

After downloading and installing, confirm you now have the June 2018 version:

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Next, get your data:

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Enter your Web API URL: (replace ORGNAME with your actual organization’s name! J)

061918 1634 JuneUpdatef5 June Power BI Desktop Update: Dynamics 365 9.0 OData Endpoint

Now then – in terms of the error, the Navigator successfully loads your list of entities!

061918 1634 JuneUpdatef6 June Power BI Desktop Update: Dynamics 365 9.0 OData Endpoint

Additionally, the June Updates features list includes OData V4 connector enhancements.

In our testing, we found a nice improvement in refresh time. Our sample data set was not large (six entities and a few thousand records) but enough to measure.

Refresh time:

  • 8.2 Endpoint – 45 secs
  • 9.0 Endpoint – 20 secs

If you have existing reports you can simply edit the query and change to 9.0.

1. Open your *.pbix file

2. Click to ‘Edit Query

061918 1634 JuneUpdatef7 June Power BI Desktop Update: Dynamics 365 9.0 OData Endpoint

3. Click the settings wheel on the ‘Source‘ step of your query(ies) and paste or modify the API URL

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4. Close Apply to confirm

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Now you should be good to go with the 9.0 OData endpoint!

Power BI is a great tool within Microsoft’s suite of business applications. If you’re interested in learning how Power BI can integrate with other powerful Microsoft apps, join us at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit on July 22-24 in Seattle. Register with code HCL100dc to receive $ 100 discount.

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Cumulative Update #12 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

The 12th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2014 SP2 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates.
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