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«November 2015»

DirectQuery in Power BI Desktop

In the latest Power BI Desktop a new Preview features was released that now allows you to connect using DirectQuery to either SQL Server or Azure SQL Databases.  DirectQuery is a really neat feature that allows you to point to the live version of the data source rather than importing the data into a data model in Power BI Desktop. 

Normally when you want to get an updated dataset in the Power BI Desktop you would have to manually click the refresh button (this can be automated in the Power BI Service), which would initiate a full reimport of your data.  This refresh could take a variable amount of time depending on how much data your have.  For instance, if you’re refreshing a very large table you may be waiting quite a while to see the newly added data. 

With DirectQuery data imports are not required because you’re always looking at a live version of the data.  Let me show you how it works!

Turning on the DirectQuery Preview

Now, because DirectQuery is still in Preview you must first activate the feature by navigating to File->Options and settings->Options->Preview Features then check DirectQuery for SQL Server and Azure SQL Database


Once you click OK you may be prompted to restart the Power BI Desktop to utilize the feature.

Using DirectQuery in Power BI Desktop

Next make a connection either to an On-Premises SQL Server or Azure SQL database.

Go to the Home ribbon and select Get Data then SQL Server.


Provide your Server and Database names then click OK. ***Do not use a SQL statement.  It is not currently supported with DirectQuery***


From the Navigator pane choose the table(s) you would like to use.  I’m just going to pick the DimProduct table for this example and then click Load.  You could select Edit and that would launch the Query Editor where you could manipulate the extract.  This would allow you to add any business rules needed to the data before visualizing it.


Next you will be prompted to select what you want to connect to the data. Again, Import means the data

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The Big Data Blog Series

Over the last few years I’ve been speaking a lot on the subject of Big Data. I started by giving an intermediate session called “Show Me Whatcha’ Workin’ With”. This session was designed for people who had attended a one hour introductory session that showed you how to load data, to look at possible applications … Continue reading The Big Data Blog Series
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Adam answers your questions on YouTube

  • 14 December 2011
  • Author: AdamJorgensen
  • Number of views: 316


There are many outlet s to get information on this year’s SQL PASS board of directors candidates. Including :

SQLPASS Election Site at

You will find candidate profiles here, forums where the candidates are answering questions and fostering discussion as well as the timelines for the election and PASS contacts if you have questions.  To take things a step further and make it easier to consume my thoughts, I took questions from many of you through our webinars and interactions and boiled them down into some youtube videos with our marketing manager doing the interviewing! Please make sure that you take some time and check them out. I created and uploaded these videos myself without any corporate help (hence the reason it took so longSmile).

I find that it’s difficult to get context in written explanations and I like for people to hear what I’m passionate about directly from me – So Please go check out the videos at

I have also posted the first two videos here for you to check out!


What is Adam’s Role at Pragmatic Works and how does it prepare him for the PASS BOD?



What motivated Adam to run for the Board?

There are more great questions out on Youtube so please go check them out

Thanks and see you out there!




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