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New Power BI Premium summary and workload metrics available in the admin portal

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We have rolled out a new high-level summary metrics experience in the Power BI Admin Portal . This new experience replaces the four summary tiles you previously saw : CPU, Memory thrashing, Memory usage and DirectQuery with wide range of metrics measuring the summary of usage in the last 7 days to better portray the health of your capacity. This health experience supports capacity admins to make data driven decision without having to leave the portal.

A new Health tab experience

For the most detailed metrics it’s best to use the Power BI Premium Capacity Metrics app available in AppSource. But if you want to stay in the Admin Portal, we now also have high-level monitoring capabilities there too. The new monitoring experience in the portal is designed to provide a quick overview of key system metrics. There’s now a separate tab, Health. On the Health tab, you’ll see a new 7-day summary of system metrics and workload metrics.

Below the overall summary metrics, usage is split between different workloads enabled on the capacity which can be expanded upon by clicking on the downward chevron on the right. The colored bar represents the amount used out of the total metrics available for the given workload.

Datasets workload metrics

You can see a summary of dataset refreshes, dataset evictions and queries in the capacity for the past 7 days.  

As per the screenshot above in the past 7 days : Dataset workloads used 4.42% of CPU and 8.72 GB of memory on an average. A total of 180 datasets were refreshed of which 1 had failed. Average duration of refreshes was 6 minutes and 38 seconds with an average wait time of 4 seconds. A refresh will wait when there are not enough resources (memory or CPU) available for it to start. These resources may be consumed by other refreshes or queries being run on the capacity.  In the past 7 days , there were dataset(s) that took over 44 mins to refresh and waited for 67 minutes to start refresh. In this capacity, a total of 7.1 interactions were made on the report with an average response time of 4 seconds and 2 ms wait time. A total of 51 datasets were evicted. When a capacity faces memory pressure, the capacity node evicts datasets that are not in use to accommodate new requests.

Dataflows workload metrics

This section provides the 7-day summary of refreshes in this capacity by Dataflows. 

As shown in the summary above, for the past 7 days a total of 14 dataflows refreshed were requested, of which 13 succeeded and on an average run for 1 minute with zero wait time. There was no lag between the scheduled time and the start of the dataflow refresh.

Paginated Reports metrics

New Paginated Reports metrics provides the 7-day summary of report execution and usage in this capacity by Paginated Reports.  There were 13 successful report views. An average of 7.5K rows were returned in 1.3 second , rendered in 2 ms with a processing time of less an half a second.  Long durations can indicate slow queries or other data source issues.

These metrics (above), along with the system metrics, give a summarized view into the health of a capacity. Long refresh wait times, can be a sign that a capacity is becoming busy. A refresh will wait when there are not enough resources (memory or CPU) available for it to start. These resources may be consumed by other refreshes or queries being run on the capacity. Long query durations could be a sign that the capacity is busy. It may also mean that a single dataset is causing problems and further investigation is needed.

Export metrics

There are times when you want to access the raw data and do your own analysis. Instead of exporting the underlying data separately by each metric, you can now easily export all the underlying aggregated metrics in one go from the Power BI Premium Capacity Metrics App. You can also export from the visuals themselves, or use the Analyze in Excel by clicking on the ellipses menu on top right of the report,and access PivotTables, chart and slicer features in Excel.

Moving forward

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To install the Power BI Premium Capacity Metrics app, click here