BISM Normalizer: Version 3.4 Released!

Download it from the Visual Studio Marketplace.

Enhancements in Version 3.4

Support for Visual Studio 2017

Like the SSDT for AS extension, BISM Normalizer 3 now works with Visual Studio 2017.

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BISM Normalizer 3 continues to work with Visual Studio 2015.


Version bumped TOM references to version 14

This removes the pre-requisite from version 3.3 to install the latest client libraries for Azure AS, which caused compatibility issues for some users.


1400 models not yet supported

1400 models are not supported by this version. If you want BISM Normalizer to work with 1400 models, please vote up this item!

BISM Normalizer: Version 3.3 Released!

Download it from the Visual Studio Gallery.

Enhancements in Version 3.3

Support for Azure Analysis Services!

Azure AD role members work.

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BISM Normalizer is free and open source!

Removed obfuscation and expiration date. Here is the GitHub page.


Better compatibility with integrated workspace server

In the previous version, if attempt comparison where source/target is a project hosted in integrated workspace mode, and SSDT has just been opened, and the .bim file was not previously left open (so has not been opened yet in the new SSDT session), would fail to connect to workspace server (was necessary to open .bim file and try again). This is now working off the bat; will connect to the integrated workspace server without having to open the .bim file first.

 

BISM Normalizer 3 Overview

BISM Normalizer 3 Use Cases

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SSAS Compatibility Level 1200

  • Consider BISM Normalizer 3 to deploy tabular models with the awesome new SSAS features
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Command-Line Execution

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Script Generation

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Processing on Deployment (UI Mode)

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Retain Partitions & Role Members

  • Retain partitions set up by ETL processes
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Visual Studio Integration

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Allow Multiple Deployment Strategies

Partial deployment

  • Deploy bug fixes without unfinished features in development
  • Incrementally deploy SSAS objects in isolation, providing flexibility for changing requirements

Traditional all-or-nothing deployment

  • Requires a Production code branch for bug fixes. Use BISM Normalizer to merge bug fixes to the main branch, avoiding manual fix in two different places.
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Merging of Tabular Models

  • Pick and choose objects to reuse in other models
  • Merge Power Pivot migrated models into existing corporate models
  • Standardize SSAS objects used by different groups/developers in an enterprise organization
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BISM Normalizer: Version 3.2 Released!

Download it from the Visual Studio Gallery.

Enhancements in Version 3.2

Support for SQL Server Analysis Services 2016 General Availability (GA)


Command-line interface supports Visual Studio projects as source/target

Despite Visual Studio not being loaded (or required) in command-line mode, projects can now act as the source/target for comparisons (in addition to databases).

This is useful for automated builds, which get the latest version of files from source control.

The project path is stored in the BSMN file. It can be changed by editing the file.

<ComparisonInfo xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
  <ConnectionInfoSource>
    <UseProject>true</UseProject>
    <ServerName>localhost</ServerName>
    <DatabaseName>Tabular1200_wade_21527ea8-74fd-4bb6-b2e2-3d1cd3f70063</DatabaseName>
    <ProjectName>Tabular1200</ProjectName>
    <ProjectFile>C:\Users\wade\Documents\Visual Studio 2015\Projects\TabularProject1\TabularProject1.smproj</ProjectFile>
  </ConnectionInfoSource>
  ...

Support for Visual Studio configuration manager

Default values for the target server and database are based on the selected source project’s deployment properties, and the current Visual Studio configuration. Selecting a different source project (or re-selecting the current one) resets the defaults.

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BISM Normalizer: Version 3.1 Released!

Download it from the Visual Studio Gallery.

Enhancements in Version 3.1

Command-line execution

Run BISM Normalizer from the command line passing the BSMN file as an argument. This allows integration with automated builds.

Syntax
BismNormalizer.exe BsmnFile [/Log:LogFile] [/Script:ScriptFile]
   [/Skip:{MissingInSource | MissingInTarget | DifferentDefinitions}]

 

Arguments

BsmnFile

Full path to the .bsmn file.

/Log:LogFile

All messages are output to LogFile. If the log file already exists, the contents will be replaced.

/Script:ScriptFile

Does not perform actual update to target database; instead, a deployment script is generated and stored to ScriptFile.

/Skip:{MissingInSource | MissingInTarget | DifferentDefinitions}

Skip all objects that are missing in source, missing in target, or with different definitions. This is in addition to the skip actions already defined in the BSMN file.

It is possible to pass a comma-separated list of multiple skip options. For example, “/Skip:MissingInSource,DifferentDefinitions” will skip all objects that are missing in source and those with different definitions.

Automated merging of branches

The /Skip argument can be used for automated merging of branches. For example, by setting /Skip:MissingInSource, it is possible to create/update new/modified objects in a primary branch, without deleting existing ones.

Examples

The following example updates the target database, logging progress and error messages for later review.

BismNormalizer.exe TabularCompare1.bsmn /Log:log.txt

 

The following example does not update the target database. Instead, a script is generated and progress is logged.

BismNormalizer.exe TabularCompare1.bsmn /Log:log.txt /Script:script.xmla

 

The following example updates the target database and progress is logged. None of the objects missing in source are deleted.

BismNormalizer.exe TabularCompare1.bsmn /Log:log.txt /Skip:MissingInSource

 

Passwords and processing

BISM Normalizer in command-line mode does not automatically set passwords for impersonated accounts. They need to be set separately, either manually or securely as part of a build. Processing also needs to be set up separately if required.

Executable location

BISM Normalizer currently only supports standard VSIX deployment from the Visual Studio Gallery. BismNormalizer.exe is located in the extension directory, which looks like “C:\Users\XXX\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0\Extensions\XXX\”, and is shown in the log file produced by the VSIX installer (link available on the installation complete dialog). The executables can be copied to another location using XCOPY deployment.


Translations

To enable this feature, ensure the include cultures check box is checked.

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Comparing cultures works similarly to comparing perspectives. Both have a merge option. This allows existing translations in the target culture to be retained. See this post for more info on merging perspectives and translations.

The JSON order of translations in the source/target text boxes is honored from the BIM file/database definition. In some cases they may have different order, but still considered equal since the JSON order doesn’t affect translation functionality.

Merge Perspectives/Translations in BISM Normalizer

When merging models, it may be useful to create selections from a source perspective without losing existing selections that were already there in the target.

The same applies to translations for a culture.

Merge perspectives

Consider the following comparison taken with the merge perspectives option checked.

Perspective comparison

Note that the differences in the target object definition are highlighted in grey instead of the normal red. This is to indicate that they will not be removed.

After applying the update (assuming FactRate is still in the target database) and re-running the comparison, the following definitions are displayed.

After update

For the purpose of the comparison, the definitions are considered the same because an update would have no effect.

However, if the merge perspectives option is unchecked and the comparison is re-run, the definitions are considered different as shown below.

Different definitions

A subsequent update will remove selections for the FactRate table.

This works basically the same way for cultures. When the merge translations checkbox is checked, existing translations will not be removed. Different translations for an object property that is both in the source and target cultures will be overwritten.