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11 December
2017
Author: Robert Cain

Creating Azure Resource Groups Safely With PowerShell

A few posts back I mentioned that I had become a SimpleTalk author, and that my first post for them was PowerShell Functions For Reusability and Restartability in Azure (read it at http://bit.ly/acred01) I’ve created a companion video for it, which focuses on creating Resource Groups. You can see...
10 December
2017
Author: Robert Cain

Fixed! PowerPoint 2016 Presenter View Not Showing

I purchased a new laptop earlier this year, a pretty sweet Lenovo ThinkPad. The only thing that annoyed me was PowerPoint 2016 wouldn’t show the presenter view. Well I finally got around to tracking down the issue. I found a post in an MSDN forum that was close, but not quite right in the...
30 November
2017
Author: Robert Cain

I’m Now a SimpleTalk Author!

Adding to my other activities, I’m now writing for SimpleTalk, RedGate’s community hub. My first article just went live. PowerShell Functions for Reusability and Restartability in Azure is the title, in it I describe how to implement the concepts of reusability and restartability in PowerShell....
06 October
2017
Author: Robert Cain

Making Videos for Fun and Profit

As I author this post, I’m at a Microsoft conference. Today’s focus is on the creation of video content to help promote your brand. As I have some experience with this from my Pluralsight videos, I had some suggestions as to technology. The first tool I use is from TechSmith, it is Camtasia. It...
24 September
2017
Author: Robert Cain

Windows 10 Icons Not Showing, Preview Not Working

I had a weird issue with Windows 10 today. All of a sudden, my icons weren’t displaying correctly. When I had the Preview Pane on, nothing was displayed. Even more bizarre, The Layout area of the View pane in Windows Explorer, had all the icons disabled. Turned out I had a corrupted icon cache....
07 August
2017
Author: SteveHughes

Power BI and Data Security – App Workspaces and Power BI Apps

Shortly after I published the Power BI Security Sharing Data post in April, Power BI Premium, Power BI Apps, and Power BI App Workspaces were released. These changes impacted that post in many ways. As part of the follow up, I also did an updated webcast with Pragmatic Works. This is a follow up...
04 August
2017
Author: MitchellPearson

Power BI–Problem, Design, Solution (Text Search)

  At the end of this blog there will be a video that walks you through the solution in depth. In this installment of the Problem, Design, Solution series we are going to show you how to perform a text search using slicers in Power BI, this simulates a “LIKE” type search. In the following...
04 August
2017
Author: SteveHughes

Power BI and Data Security – Free User’s Cannot Share, Read Only in Premium

As part of the Power BI Premium release, Microsoft changed how the “free users” in Power BI work within the platform. There are two key changes that affect the data security within your organization. Power BI Free Users Cannot Share One of the key areas of concern around the free user accounts...
29 July
2017
Author: MitchellPearson

SSIS Performance Tuning

This is my much overdue follow-up blog from the presentation I gave to the New York SQL Server User Group. In this post, I am going to provide some additional resources to supplement the presentation, check out the following blog post on different performance tuning techniques that can be used...
12 July
2017
Author: Robert Cain

Eric Ligman’s FREE Microsoft eBook Giveaway–Revising the download script

Every year, Eric Ligman, director of Sales Excellence for Microsoft, creates a blogpost in which he gives away tons of FREE Microsoft eBooks. This year has 361 in the list. You name it, it’s in the list. SQL Server, Azure, PowerShell, .NET, BizTalk, SharePoint, Windows Server, and more. You can...