General Enhancements and Bug Fixes
New: 'IsDeleted' flag
Power BI Sentinel now adds an 'IsDeleted' flag to the lineage tables in your database.
This enables you to still track entities that have been deleted, if required.
This applies to workspaces, datasets, reports, datasources and dataflows.
Fixed: Change tracking
A small number of customers were reporting an error when using change tracking, due to a bug preventing access to the metadata snapshots.
This has been resolved in this version.
Updated: Backend performance
Back end performance enhancements for lineage capture.
(Released June 27th 2022)
Endorsements and Sensitivity Label support
Power BI Sentinel now supports endorsements; whether a dataset is flagged as 'promoted' or 'certified'.
This is shown in the data lineage screens against each dataset as a 'P' or 'C' icon respectively, and is also exported into your database for your own reporting.
New: Sensitivity Labels
Sentinel now detects whether a dataset has a sensitivity label applied, and shows this as a padlock on the data lineage screens, as well as being exported to your own database for your own reporting.
New: Comments export
Sentinel now exports your comments/documentation to your database to make it easier to view any commentary that your team have added to any documentation; including tables, data sources, measures, etc.
Fixed: Dataset refresh Schedule
A bug in the dataset refresh export has now been fixed, so this data now correctly links to your dataset table.
(Released April 12th 2022)
Snowflake Enhanced Lineage
New: Support for Enhanced table/view level lineage for Snowflake
Power BI Sentinel now supports enhanced table/view level data lineage from within Snowflake all the way through your Power BI estate.
This is supported for Import and DQ, and for Power Query and SQL Query, if you have Power BI Premium, PPU or Embedded capacity.
Without Premium capacity, you'll still get lineage for Snowflake, just not down to the table/view level.
Fixed: App Permissions
Following a recent fix to the Power BI API, App permissions are now retrieved by Power BI Sentinel, and are exported into your own database for your reporting.
(Released March 30th 2022)
Paginated Report Support, and Enhanced Lineage
New: Paginated Report Support!
By popular demand, we have now built in support for Power BI Paginated Reports, providing disaster recovery, lineage and auditing functionality.
Sentinel will now include these in your daily backups, as well as generating data lineage details. You can also now see who has created, changed or consumed paginated reports in the audit and usage logs.
New: Dataset Refresh History
Power BI Sentinel already exports your lineage, permissions, documentation and audit logs to your own database. Now we also export a rolling 90 days of dataset refresh history, giving you one place to easily monitor your dataset health.
Update: Enhanced Data Lineage
Power BI Sentinel's enhanced Data Lineage functionality has just got even more enhanced!
Previously Power BI Premium customers could get table and view level lineage for PowerQuery tables.
Now this also supports custom SQL queries as well as stored procedures.
Update: Workspace Search Bar
For larger tenants, scrolling through hundreds or workspaces can be frustrating, so we've added a search bar to make it easier for you to find the workspace you want to look at. This is in addition to the 'Premium' filter already available.
(Released February 23rd 2022)
Update: Logging to now use Power BI API, not o365
Historically your usage and audit logs have been retrieved from your Office 365 Unified Audit Log.
This has sometimes been difficult due to requiring o365 Global Admin, or updated o365 role permissions to access this.
We're now changing this to take advantage of new functionality releaed by Microsoft, to source these logs directly from the Power BI API instead.
This simplifies setup, maintenance and management, and means that you only need to have 'Powe BI Admin' rights to access this, instead of enhanced o365 permissions.
Fixed: Lineage right click
The right click options in the lineage views have been enhanced, to fill in some gaps for permissions etc.
Issue Identified: Permissions
Note that we've identified a bug in Microsoft's Power BI API, which sometimes results in Sentinel receiving an incomplete Permissions list from Power BI.
We're actively working with Microsoft on this issue.
(Released January 12th 2022)
Big dataset backups!
New: Backup Incremental and Large datasets
Historically Microsoft have not allowed backups for large datasets or incremental refresh datasets. This has now changed, and we've upgraded Sentinel to support this!
Power BI Premium customers can now set up an Azure Storage account linked to each workspace within the Power BI portal.
Sentinel will detect this, and will trigger a backup of datasets to this storage account where the dataset can't be backed up through the traditional 'pbix download' approach.
New: Dataset Refresh History
Sentinel now exports the refresh history of your datasets to your Azure SQL DB, so you can easily monitor and report on refresh issues.
Update: New Home Page
The Power BI Sentinel portal home page has now been updated to give you better visibility on which workspaces and reports are included in your Sentinel monitoring.
Update: Risk Report
The new Risk Report now shows far more details on your backup history and any errors.
(Released December 15th 2021)
This is a BIG release that you're going to LOVE!
New: Power BI Permissions
Now view who has access to workspaces, datasets, reports and Apps from within the Sentinel portal. Gain greater visibility of your security and data exposure.
Sentinel now includes Apps within the lineage views.
New: Create your OWN Power BI reports for Lineage, Documentation and Permissions!
The Power BI Sentinel portal is great for viewing your lineage, documentation and now even permissions, but now we're empowering you even further as we also export all of this into your OWN database, so you're able to create your own reports against this data.
- This is one of the biggest feature updates of Sentinel this year and we’re hugely excited by it!
It allows you to quickly and easily see which tables and views in your data sources are used by each dataset or report, providing a level of Power BI governance never before possible.
Use this for table level impact analysis prior to making a change to your sources, more granular GDPR assessments, and for improved transparency over where your data is being exposed.
We currently support Power Query importing from SQL Server, Azure SQL DB, MySQL, Oracle, SAP HANA, Excel, Azure Blob Storage, and Azure Table Storage, and we’ll be adding more soon.
This feature is in public preview, turn it on in your ‘Configure’ screen.
- The key to finding out which of your datasets have permissions applied to them is now showing in the data lineage. Simply look for the key icon to identify secured datasets in your Power BI environment.
- Sentinel now tracks Power BI usage, storing log data in your own secure Azure SQL Database, which you can report on within Power BI, and retain for as long as you like.
- In order to let you have a sneak peek of the future you will now find the Sentinel Preview option on your configure page. We will be adding tasters of new functionality, when available, for users to have a play with! Our first one is Data Flows. As Microsoft continue to push forward developing this area, we will be right there with them helping you get a feel for what’s coming.
- We love our new diagrams and we are sure you will too! They look great and give you a little bit more with the option to expand to full screen and see all the links you need. Right-click and check out the table details then download the view you need for an offline copy to use however you wish.
- Looking after your payments is hugely important to us and we are now 3-D Secure enabled to help support the banks additional layers of security for online card transactions.
- Share the info and remember it’s good to talk! If you need to explain or highlight information for other users relating to datasets, connections, tables and more? You now have the option to add and edit comments relating to your reports. Any comments can be identified, highlighted and exported within your documentation .pdf and to view any existing comments simply hover over the speech bubble icon.
- Get to that report when you are in a hurry. The risk assessment and data lineage export .csv files now contain a URL link that you can copy into your browser and open up the Power BI report you need straight away.
- Admins suffering with too many personal workspaces under the same name now rest at ease. We have included Workspace ID under workspace display name to help identify who they really belong to.
View any changes in calculated columns and measures as part of the tracking functionality.
Expose datasets to do your own reporting from .csv files saved to your own BLOB storage.
Move through changes in the JSON information quicker with the View Previous and View Next Modification buttons.
Use Column Search to now locate measures needed.
Backup to your preferred timezone +\- UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) through the Backup Time Config.
Get your Risk information straight to any email device on a daily or weeklybasis so you are always a step ahead with the Sign up to Risk Assessment Report option.
- With the new Risk Assessment Report you can see the latest Backup and Dataset Refresh results all in one place.
- For admins who need to sign up users without Office 365 email accounts use the new Copy URL function and email the required access link to them.
- You know it’s there somewhere but where? We have added a new search function so that you can find those elusive columns in your Data sources.That’s still there? - following on from the search you can now see any unused columns in your data sources.
And for the real cherry on top... Cross the bridge between data source and data set with the addition of the Power Query M Code. Offering complete documentation alongside the DAX code, developers can now save time and easily see and re-use M code from other datasets. Exciting times!
- As your day gets busier and busier, we can now give you a prod to configure your workspace and check your backups are working the way you want with handy email reminders.
- Don’t get held back, get more Reports for your buck with our new licence upgrades Professional 250 and Enterprise 1000 and 5000, to manage 250, 1000 and 5000 reports respectively.
- Stay up to date with the Manage Your Subscription section and keep on top of your customer details, billing details and payment details.
- What’s the latest? Click on the Version Number in the app to get the latest Fixed/Changed/New.
- Wait…I backed that up too!…and they did! Manage your tenant backups globally to avoid multiple copies of the same thing, saving you storage space.
- We have added a new backup on demand button giving you the ability to back up as required in addition to the scheduled daily and weekly options.
- The data source explorer has been introduced so now you have the option to explore from the Data source through to report as well as the original lineage explorer.
- By double clicking on the datasets you can now see the refresh schedule set up in your Power BI reports. Making sure that what you are looking at is up to date and on the correct schedule.
- By double clicking on the data source you can now see the gateway detail as part of the overall diagram. Because you can never have too much information about your Power BI estate.
- To make life easier you can now download the required backup file directly from within change tracking to speed recovery.
- And the cherry on top! My workspace lineage explorer is now updated to the new API so Enterprise admins can now see reports, datasets & data sources from everyone's My Workspace in their organisation