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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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Looping Through Variable Values with a ForEach Loop Container

  • 16 August 2013
  • Author: ShawnHarrison
  • Number of views: 34698

Have you ever done something in SSIS that you wish you had a need to do more often? That happens to me on occasion. I have a tendency to test out random scenarios when I get bored. You read correctly, I play with SSIS when I am bored. Between my PS3 and SSIS, my Saturday nights are insane!


This is a little tutorial on looping through variable values; one of the little things that will make you feel rather awesome.


The first thing I am going to do is drag an execute SQL task into this empty SSIS package, and pull in some email addresses from table in the AdventureWorks2012 database. Create a connection manager and be sure to set the 'Result Set' property to 'Full Result Set'.



Click 'Result Set' on the left side of the window.



Click the 'Add' button at the bottom of the window. This is how you will assign a variable to contain the results return by a query. It creates a default entry called 'NewResultName'.



Change the result name to 0. In the 'Variable Name' field, select . This opens the 'Add Variable' window. Enter a name for the variable (for example, objEmailAddress). In the 'Value Type' drop down list, select object. Click OK.



Use this as your SQL statement?

   1: Select emailaddress
   2: from person.EmailAddress
   3: where EmailAddressID between 10 and 20


Click OK again to close out the task editor.


Now, I need a variable that will hold each individual email address. Open the variables window and click the new variable icon.



It creates a default variable called 'Variable1'. Click on the name and change it to strToAddress. In the data type drop down list, choose 'String'. Don?t worry about the value for now.



Now, add a ForEach Loop container and connect the execute SQL task to it. Drag in a script task and drop it in the container.



Double click the container to open the editor.  Click 'Collection' on the left side of the window and in the 'Enumerator' drop down list, select 'Foreach ADO Enumerator'. For the 'ADO object source variable' selection, choose the object variable that contains the result set. In my example, it's objEmailAddress.



On the left side of the window, click 'Variable Mappings'. In the 'Variable field', open the drop down list and select the string variable. Mine is called strToAddress. The index is set to 0 by default. Leave that as is. Click OK to close the editor.



Open the script task. The language I am using for this is Visual C#. In the 'ReadOnlyVariables' field, click the ellipses to open the variables list. Select the check box next to the string variable (strToAddress) and click OK.



Toward the bottom of the window, click 'Edit Script'. This is where the fun starts. I will add a script that displays a message box that shows the value of the strToAddress variable. Toward the bottom of the editor, you will see a comment that reads //TODO: Add your code here. This, of course, is where we will add the code. Enter the following code?

   1: MessageBox.Show(Dts.Variables["strToAddress"].Value.ToString());


Close out of the editor. This will compile the script for you and takes you back to the script task editor. Click OK to close it.


Now, execute the package, sit back and watch the magic. The Execute SQL task retrieves all the email addresses and stores them in 'objEmailAddress'. The ForEach loop container reads through the values stored in that variable and rights the first one into 'strToAddress'. The script task displays the current value of 'strToAddress' and then the loop starts again. This continues to the end of the result set.


The script is a way to test to make sure it is working properly. I can replace that with another task such as a send mail task to send emails to each address.




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