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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Student Reviews (187)
  • Anil Yadav (Dec 23, 2020)

    That's awesome. Please more training like that.

  • Mauricio Chacon (Dec 22, 2020)

    Very usefull

  • Ron van der Laan (Dec 22, 2020)

    It is a nice shkrt training that gives me a lot of good tools

  • Scott Moody (Dec 22, 2020)

    This was exactly what I was after and needed. Thank you so much. This laid the foundation for many doors to be opened and explored around evolving my craft and improving my product to my customers!

  • Curtis Gregson (Dec 22, 2020)

    Fantastic!, The course design is simple but highly effective. The bit size chunks of information in each short session is perfect for getting acquainted with these tools. Now I (finally) feel prepared to use these tools vs stumbling through things via trial and error. Thank you!!

  • emiliano vuoto (Dec 21, 2020)

    only the best

  • Jose Almeida (Dec 21, 2020)

    Top-notch content as always ! Thanks for sharing .

  • Raja kumar (Dec 21, 2020)

    This is excellent, I have been learning these tools in bits and pieces, now i see all shaped in one Video explaining in detail.

  • M Jain (Dec 20, 2020)

    Excellent course. I have been fan and follower of your teaching, such a smooth flow and you go with such a systematic manner. I have been working in PowerBI since last 3 years and want to pursue your other courses mainly DAX and data modelling, but truly speaking very expensive, it would be nice if you can reduce the cost a little lower or give option of smaller monthly amounts or so.

  • lixia zhang (Dec 19, 2020)

    very useful tools and I will start to use them from today and let them become my best friend!

  • Sujan Bhattarai (Dec 19, 2020)

    The video tutorials provided are easy to grasp the different aspects of DAX studio, Vertipaq Analyzer and Analyze in Excel tools. This made to start the journey in Power Bi with more professional approach. Thankyou SQLBI.

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  • Sue Bayes (Dec 18, 2020)

    Really enjoyed this course, it gave a useful insight into how to maximise the external tools to increase efficiency and performance. I do use all 3 tools but now can really utilise the features to improve my work. Lovely short and sharp course that was easily digestible and will make a big difference to me. Thank you.

  • Nkululeko Nzimande (Dec 18, 2020)

    Amazing course to get you going with these amazing Dax Tools. Thank you for offering this for free.

  • Nicola Jelmorini (Dec 17, 2020)

    As always, the presentation is very clear, simple and understandable.