I was recently asked to provide a simple demo/proof-of-concept on how to quickly create a real-time streaming dashboard with Power BI. Did you know that you can stream data and update dashboards in real-time? Any visual or dashboard that can be created in Power BI can also be created to display and update real-time data and visuals. The devices and sources of streaming data can be factory sensors, social media sources, service usage metrics, and anything else from which time-sensitive data can be collected or transmitted.

There are three types of real-time datasets which are designed for displaying visuals on real-time dashboards:

  • Push dataset
  • Streaming dataset
  • PubNub streaming dataset

This post is about the PubNub streaming dataset, With a PubNub streaming dataset, the Power BI web client uses the PubNub SDK to read an existing PubNub data stream, and no data is stored by the Power BI service. For more more information on the other types and their capabilities read the following documentation -> Real-time streaming in Power BI

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As I mentioned several times before… Graphs are everywhere! Graph features are being introduced in SQL Server 2017. Offering graph database capabilities to model many-to-many relationships. The graph relationships are integrated into Transact-SQL and receive the benefits of using SQL Server as the foundational database management system.

What is a graph database?

In context, a graph database is a database that uses graph structures for semantic queries with nodes, edges and properties to represent and store data. A key concept of the system is the graph (or edge or relationship), which directly relates data items in the store. The relationships allow data in the store to be linked together directly…

Whats is a SQL Graph in SQL Server 2017?

A collection of node and edge tables. Node or edge tables can be created under any schema in the database, but they all belong to one logical graph. Only one graph can be created per database.

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SQL Server Configuration Manager is a tool to manage the services associated with SQL Server running on Windows. To configure and manage SQL Server on Linux we use mssql-conf. mssql-conf is a configuration script that installs with SQL Server vNext (Linux). Latest release and documentation available here -> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/linux/

The tool is installed in the following directory path /opt/mssql/bin let’s explore what mssql-conf is all about.
Open a Terminal session and see what type of help and information we get…

Proving the -h or –help argument will return more information about how to use mssql-conf
cd /opt/mssql/bin
./mssql-conf -h

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Files and the Azure Cloud. This post is about how to upload multiple files from a local directory “recursively” to Azure Blob Storage with the Azure CLI 2.0 from macOS/Linux. For the Windows platform, AzCopy is a awesome command-line utility designed for copying data to and from Microsoft Azure Blob, File, and Table storage using simple commands with optimal performance.

You can download the latest version of AzCopy

The basic syntax for AzCopy commands is:

AzCopy /Source:<source> /Dest:<destination> [Options]

If you want to upload multiple files, you need to use option /S. Specifying option /S uploads the contents of the specified directory to Blob storage recursively, meaning that all subfolders and their files will be uploaded as well. Below is an example where all files and subfolders from the C:\myfolder will be uploaded to the mycontainer container in your Azure Blog Storage account:

AzCopy /Source:C:\myfolder /Dest:https://myaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer /DestKey:key /S

For further info. please see Transfer data with the AzCopy Command-Line Utility

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