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Fast Ideas: Registering SQL Server Profiler as an Exterior Device in Energy BI Desktop


Registering SQL Server Profiler as an External Tool

It has been a very long time that I exploit SQL Server Profiler to diagnose my knowledge fashions within the Energy BI Desktop. I wrote a weblog publish in June 2016 about connecting to the underlying Energy BI Desktop mannequin from completely different instruments, together with SQL Server Administration Studio (SSMS), Excel and SQL Server Profiler. On this fast publish, I share a pbitool.json file that you need to use to register the SQL Server Profiler as an exterior device. Learn extra about how you can register an exterior device right here. That is fairly useful as this manner to make use of SQL Server Profiler to diagnose Energy BI Desktop with no need to seek out the diagnostic port. As an exterior device, the SQL Server Profiler mechanically connects to the information mannequin by way of the diagnostic port. You’ll be able to obtain the sqlserverprofiler.pbitool.json file from right here. After you obtain the file you may open it in a textual content editor to see or modify the JSON code. If you’re utilizing SSMS 18, then you don’t even want to change the file. For those who use a unique model, the one factor it’s important to change is the “path”.

The contents of the sqlserverprofiler.pbitool.json file
The contents of the sqlserverprofiler.pbitool.json file

Simply copy the sqlserverprofiler.pbitool.json file to the next location:

  • For 64-bit surroundings use: %commonprogramfiles(x86)%Microsoft SharedPower BI DesktopExternal Instruments
  • For 32-bit surroundings use: %commonprogramfilespercentMicrosoft SharedPower BI DesktopExternal Instruments

Now you can open Energy BI Desktop and you will notice SQL Server Profiler seems within the Exterior Instruments tab.

Registering SQL Server Profiler as External Tool in Power BI Desktop
SQL Server Profiler Registered as an Exterior Device

After you click on the SQL Server Profiler from the Exterior Instruments tab, it mechanically connects to your knowledge mannequin by way of the diagnostic port as proven within the following picture:

SQL Server Profiler opened from the External Tools tab from Power BI Desktop
SQL Server Profiler opened from the Exterior Instruments tab from Energy BI Desktop

I hope you get pleasure from this fast tip. As at all times, I’d like to learn about your ideas.

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