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Month: July 2015

Limit of 10 Reports per Dataset/Data Model

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NOTE: This information is good as of 7/22/2015 and is subject to change.

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I had posted earlier that this was specific to Free users, but it has nothing to do with Free or Pro. Reposted to reflect the accurate behavior.

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I was looking at the Power BI Community Site and someone had indicated that they cannot save a report.

Unable to save report

When looking into that Activity ID, it appears that we have a limit of 10 reports.  This has nothing to do with if you are a Free or Pro user, but rather a resource limitation based on your Dataset/Model.

When you try to save the 11th report against the same Dataset, you get the error above.  If you create an 11th report against a different Model it will work.

Adam W. Saxton | Microsoft Business Intelligence Support – Escalation Services

Windows 10 Upgrade: What This Means for Your Endpoint Security

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On July 29th, Microsoft will be releasing their next major operating system, Windows 10. Unlike previous OS upgrades, this version does not require users to purchase the new OS. The existing Windows 7 and 8 end users might initiate an upgrade directly on their computers, making it more difficult for IT admins to enforce version control.

At Symantec, we are committed to ensuring our customers: Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1, Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition (hosted version) and Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition (on-prem), remain fully protected across all operating systems.

For Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1, a maintenance patch release will be available on July 29, 2015. Customers will need to be current on maintenance to receive the maintenance patch update. For more information, visit our SEP 12.1 Windows 10 Knowledge Base.

Customers using Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition (hosted version) will experience an automatic system update on computers via Live Update targeted for July 29th. From July 29th onwards, any new endpoint installs of the hosted version of Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition will automatically have their machines protected should they wish to upgrade to Windows 10. Similarly, from July 29th onwards, any existing Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition customers will receive targeted patch updates to protect their machines on the new Windows 10 platform. These patch updates will automatically be rolled out later via Live Update to all endpoints, whether they are moving to Windows 10 now or at some point in the future.  This effectively allows IT  Administrators to proactively protect endpoints that move to Windows 10 at a later date. Existing customers must be on a current subscription to take advantage of these patch updates. Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition will automatically notify IT Administrators if any users decide to upgrade to Windows 10 without informing IT. In these instances, a new patch for Windows 10 will be pushed out to protect these user’s machines within a 1-2 hour window.  Symantec will also provide guidance for IT Administrators who wish to avoid this 1-2 hour window and push out the patch update immediately – this guidance can be found on Symantec Knowledge Base.

For customers currently running Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 12.1 (on-prem), which has now reached End-of-Life and will not support Windows 10, you will need to migrate to the hosted edition in order to receive protection for Windows 10 systems.  Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition (on-prem) customers can migrate to the hosted edition.  For information on our automated migration process, visit: go.symantec.com/sbemigration

What’s new in System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 2

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by Brian Huneycutt [MSFT]

9 Jul 2015 9:00 AM

Today, we are making available System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Endpoint Protection Technical Preview 2. This second technical preview provides you with an early glimpse of the functionality that we plan to release in Q4 of this calendar year, bringing with it full support for client deployment, upgrade, and management of Windows 10.

New features available in Technical Preview 2 include:

  • Universal Windows apps support for Windows 10 – You can now side-load internally developed Universal Windows apps to Windows 10 devices.
  • Peer cache support for Windows PE – Peer cache support now includes OS deployment scenarios for Windows PE, extending our existing Configuration Manager peer cache content management.
  • Ability to manage Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices via MDM with on-premises Configuration Manager infrastructure – Support now includes Windows 10 PCs in addition to existing support for mobile devices which was added in the first Technical Preview. With this new option, you can manage Windows 10 devices using Configuration Manager integrated with Microsoft Intune (hybrid) without the need to store your data in the cloud. This is especially helpful for managing devices that are unable to connect to the Internet such as Windows IoT/Embedded devices. Note: An Intune subscription is required.

Also included in this technical preview are features that were previously released in the first Technical Preview in May:

  • Support for Windows 10 upgrade with OS deployment task sequence – In addition to providing support for existing wipe-and-load (refresh) scenarios, the Configuration Manager Technical Preview includes enhanced upgrade support with in-place upgrade to Windows 10.
  • Support for installing Configuration Manager on Azure Virtual Machines – Similar to how you can install Configuration Manager on Hyper-V today, you can now run Configuration Manager in Azure VMs. This provides flexibility to move some or all of your datacenter server workloads to the cloud with Azure.

So what’s the next step? Try out System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 2, and tell us what you think. Also, if you have a feature request, make sure to share your ideas with us on our new Configuration Manager UserVoice site.

We hope you enjoy this second Technical Preview!

Thanks,

The System Center Configuration Manager Team

Azure Datacenters Speedtest

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Wenn Azure Services oder Lösungen in Azure im Unternehmen verwendet werden, ist es sinnvoll, diese in einem der vielen Azure Rechenzentren laufen zu lassen, die eine gute Anbindung an den eigenen Standort besitzen.

Microsoft Azure ist derzeit weltweit in 17 Regionen verfügbar, siehe  Azure Regions.

Um die Latency zwischen dem eigenen Standort und den Azure Datacentern zu testen, gibt es einige Websites, die Speedtests durchführen und die nötigen Informationen für eine Datacenter-Entscheidung liefern können.

Der erste Speed Test ist http://azurespeedtest.azurewebsites.net
(Dieses Testprogramm ist auch im Quellcode auf github.com verfügbar.)

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Für meinen Standort in Wien erhalte ich die erwarteten Ergebnisse: “It looks like your nearest Data Center is North Europe. There appears to be a CDN Node nearer your location.”
Die besten Lokationen für Azure Services für meinen Standort sind also North Europe und West Europe.

Ein zweiter Latency – Test ist unter http://www.azurespeed.com erreichbar.

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Diese zeigt ähnliche Ergebnisse. Wieder sind West Europe und North Europe mit ähnlicher Leistung verfügbar und stellen meine erste Wahl für Azure Services dar.

Ein weiteres Service ist https://nzbart.github.io/AzureSitePing.

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Und es gibt noch viele weitere Latency-Tests für Azure Datacenters im Web. Diese Tools stammen nicht von Microsoft, sondern von individuellen Entwicklern und stellen Beispiele zur Messung dar. Die Aussage der Speed-Tests ist ähnlich und kann helfen, eine Standort-Entscheidung für Azure Dienste zu treffen.

Für global operierende Unternehmen bzw. oft macht die Verwendung von Azure CDN Sinn (das zeigt auch azurespeedtest.azurewebsites.net sehr schön). Hier gibts weitere Informationen über Azure CDN.

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Mein Tipp lautet somit die Azure-Dienste vom eigenen Standort oder etwa via RDP von entfernten Standorten zu testen und für Produktivsysteme jene Azure Datacenter mit der geringsten Latency zu verwenden. Die Speed-Tests können dabei helfen.

Refresh for on-premises sources is here!

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According to Microsoft PowerBI team:

One of the most awaited and requested feature is now available in Power BI. Starting today, in Power BI you can refresh datasets connecting to your on-premises sources such as SQL Server. Any workbook created using Power BI Designer, Power Query or Power Pivot are supported. For these datasets the Power BI Personal Gateway enables automated refreshes against on-premises data sources in your organization, all via a single gateway you can install directly on your desktop machine.

All common data sources are supported:

  • SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • Teradata
  • IBM DB2
  • PostgreSQL
  • Sybase
  • MySQL
  • SharePoint List (on-premises)
  • File (CSV, XML, Text, Excel, Access)
  • On-premises SQL Server Analysis Services models (uploaded data; not live connections)
  • Folder
  • Custom SQL/native SQL

this is really exciting  – even a normal workstation can do the work!