DAX Tools Video Course

The DAX Tools video course teaches how to use three popular tools to write and optimize DAX: DAX Studio, VertiPaq Analyzer, and Analyze in Excel for Power BI Desktop. All these tools are free and open-source.

DAX Studio allows you to write DAX queries and test your DAX measures in an environment where you can check the results and measure performance. You can also use DAX Studio to export data in different formats. VertiPaq Analyzer requires DAX Studio to export statistics and metadata about a data model that you can investigate in more detail using the dedicated tool. You can investigate in compression and get documentation about all the DAX expressions used in a model using VertiPaq Analyzer.

Analyze in Excel for Power BI Desktop makes it very handy to test your Power BI model using an Excel PivotTable without having to publish the model to the Power BI service. During the development of new DAX formulas, this tool shortens the waiting time and increases your productivity.

The course is made of 129 minutes of lectures. You can watch the videos at any time and the system will keep track of your progress. Within the course, you can download the files used in the demos.

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  • Introduction

    • Introduction
  • DAX Studio

    • DAX Studio
    • Introduction to DAX Studio
    • Connections
    • The metadata panel
    • The ribbon
    • Running a query
    • Output of a query
    • Query builder
    • Format DAX
    • Editing tools
    • Load Performance Analyzer data
    • Capturing queries executed on a server
    • Query plan and server timings
    • Run benchmark
    • View, import, export metrics
    • Export data
    • SQL Profiler and Analyze in Excel
    • Options
  • VertiPaq Analyzer

    • VertiPaq Analyzer
    • Introduction to VertiPaq Analyzer
    • Load VPAX files
    • The Tables page
    • The Columns page
    • The Partitions page
    • The User Hierarchies page
    • The Relationships page
    • The Compression page
    • The Columns Data Types page
    • The Encoding page
    • The DAX Expressions page
    • A real data demo
    • VertiPaq Analyzer vs. DAX Studio
  • Analyze in Excel for Power BI Desktop

    • Analyze in Excel for Power BI Desktop
    • Introduction to Analyze in Excel for Power BI Desktop
    • Trace MDX queries
    • Limitations
Student Rating
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4-star Reviews (16 of 194)
  • Ernesto Jiménez Borrego (Jun 1, 2023)

    Very precise content from an introductory point.

  • Tad Carter (Apr 28, 2023)

    I loved the short course, it was very informative and useful. The only thing I would change is it would have been nice to get a link to the OLAP Pivot Table extension in the initial instructions since this is one of the tools you are demonstrating.

  • Helmut Nolden (Mar 24, 2023)

    short and to the point

  • Angelica Celis (Mar 2, 2023)


  • Angelica Celis (Mar 2, 2023)

    abre muchas capacidades que solo nos limitan a realizar algo básico, sino también en conjunto con otras herramientas a analizar datos de manera muy facil

  • Berke Arslan (Feb 10, 2023)

    I can fix something I am confused.

  • MANISH MADDESHIYA (Jan 13, 2022)

    It was good

  • Bruce Chen (Dec 8, 2021)

    all good

  • Bruce Chen (Dec 8, 2021)

    All good

  • Balachandra Srinevasalu (Jun 25, 2021)

    Very good content for beginners

  • Marcos Luiz (Apr 9, 2021)

    It's an interesting course

  • Mario Pelosin (Feb 13, 2021)

    very good and helpfull

  • jhampier tapia (Feb 7, 2021)

    great job

  • Kataka Arnold (Jan 18, 2021)

    Thank you very much for the course, I've gained a lot of insights on all the tools used with DAX and I'll be practicing with the skills I've learned.

  • steven foster (Jan 4, 2021)

    Good course. I wish Tabular editor was covered though.