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Power BI Publish to Web for Anonymous Access is Here

Earlier this week on Wednesday the Microsoft Power BI made an incredibly exciting announcement and released Power BI “publish to web” as a preview feature. This is HUUUUGE news! This was probably the top requested feature and its finally here thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Microsoft Power BI team!

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Power BI “publish to web” allows you to easily expose a Power BI report to the world through an iframe that can be embedded wherever you like.

To publish your Power BI report to the web, log into your Power BI site.

Find the report that you want to share and click File in the top left.
Power BI publish to web

You’ll see a message pop up box similar to below. Click the yellow button to create the embed code.
Power BI publish to web preview

This is where you’ll see a very important warning!
WARNING: Reports that you expose through the “publish to web” feature will be visible to everyone on the internet! This means NO AUTHENTICATION is required to view the report that is embedded in your application.
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Once you do that, you’ll receive an embed code that you can then use to expose your Power BI report within your blog as seen below!

As you can see the report maintains all the interactivity features of Power BI. And as your Power BI report updates and changes, those changes will be reflected in your embedded Power BI reports!

Pretty awesome!

Additional Resources

Read the Power BI “publish to web” announcement here.

Read the Power BI “publish to web” documentation here.


Let me know what you think of this feature or if you have any questions. Leave a comment down below.

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Non Empty vs NonEmpty

Hey everyone, in this blog I want to address a very common MDX Question. What is the difference between the NON EMPTY keyword and NONEMPTY function? To take it a step further which one should you use?

Non Empty keyword VS NONEMPTY Function.

The big difference between the NON EMPTY keyword and the NONEMPTY function is when the evaluation occurs in the MDX. The NON EMPTY keyword is the last thing that is evaluated, in other words after all axes have been evaluated then the NON EMPTY keyword is executed to remove any empty space from the final result set. The NONEMPTY function is evaluated when the specific axis is evaluated.

Should I use NON EMPTY keyword or NONEMPTY function?

Ok Mitchell, so you told me when each of these are evaluated but really you haven’t told me anything up until this point. Can you tell me which one I should use already? Well, unfortunately, it depends. Let’s walk through an example of each using the BOTTOMCOUNT function.


In this example I’m returning the bottom ten selling products for internet sales. Notice that I have returned all products that have no internet sales, this is not necessarily a bad thing, maybe you want to return products that don’t have sales.


However if you don’t want to return these products then we can try using the NON EMPTY keyword. In the below example you can see the results when I add NON EMPTY to the ROWS axis.


WHOOOAAA, what happened?? A lot of people would have expected the results here to show the bottom ten products that DID have sales. However, that is not the case, remember that I said the NON EMPTY keyword is evaluated LAST after all axes have been evaluated. This means that first the bottom ten selling products which have $0 in sales are first returned and then the NON EMPTY keyword removes all that empty space from the final result.

BOTTOMCOUNT function with NONEMPTY function.

So let’s try this again, if you want to return the bottom ten products that had sales then we must first remove the empty space before using the BottomCount function. Take a look at the code below:


In this code we first remove the empty space before using the BOTTOMCOUNT function. The result is we return the bottom ten products that had internet sales. Once again neither one is right or wrong here it just depends on what you want in your final result.

NON EMPTY Keyword vs. NONEMPTY Function – Performance

There is a very common misconception that the NONEM

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SSIS–Um…. How To Preserve Umlauts from UTF-8 Flat File in Düssledorf? (or anywhere else for that matter…)

  • 3 May 2012
  • Author: Mike Milligan
  • Number of views: 8816

Recently I had the pleasure of pulling in a flat file encoded in UTF-8 format into a SQL Server 2008 table using SSIS.  I'd like to share my experience in the hopes that it will help someone else with a similar issue.  It might also help me in the event I come across the situation again and forget how to get past it.


The first indication of a problem was the following error message: 

The data conversion for column "Column 37" returned status value 4 and status text "Text was truncated or one or more characters had no match in the target code page."

The SSIS output also told me what row of data was causing the problem:

" on data row 1415."   (search for "on data row" if you need to find out what row your process failed.)

I verified that the column was wide enough so I opened up EditPadLite and loaded the offending file.  I pressed control G to go to a specific row and saw that the row had a column with the text: Düssledorf.  Without going into a bunch of detail of all the things I tried; but, didn't work, I will explain what finally allowed me to bring Düssledorf into the table with umlaut preserved.

These are the types of errors I was getting as I struggled to EDIT the components:

The column "Column 2" cannot be processed because more than one code page (65001 and 1252) are specified for it.

Codepage in output column 0 is 1252, but has to be 65001.

1.  EditPadLite: clicked Convert, Text encoding from menu.



This told me the file's encoding was Unicode UTF-8.



The next steps have to be followed exactly and in the correct order.  There is no editing about it.  If you already have ANY of these three objects they MUST be deleted and re-created from scratch:  Flat File connection manager, flat file source, OLE DB Destination.  Seriously, no joke.

Note:  Before you delete your Destination you may want to sort the columns by the destination column and take screenshots if your incoming columns are listed as column 1, column 2, etc. because you will have to remap them.

 1.  Create your flat file connection manager using code page 65001 (UTF-8) and on the advanced tab change the datatype property of any columns that contain umlauts to unicode string dt_wstr or dt_ntext for Unicode text stream.

 2.  Create your Flat file source component

 3.  Create your ole db destination component.  Change defaultCodePage property to 65001 and AlwaysUseDefaultCodePage to True.  Hook your source to destination and do your mappings.  (Your target column needs to be nvarchar or another unicode capable data type.)

 Sounds simple; but, believe me if one step is out of order you simply can't edit it and you will go out of your mind trying to.  You HAVE to do it in the exact order I have described.

More info

Best Fit in WideCharToMultiByte and System.Text.Encoding Should be Avoided.

BIDS 2008 R2 inserts phantom codepage(s) into SSIS components irrelevant to format/locales/codepages of data and software used (blocking the SSIS tasks

Flatfile Import: Persistent data conversion errors

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