Power BI | Basic reports exercise | Create a matrix based on SQL Server tables

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Software ==> Power BI  (111 exercises)
Version ==> Latest update
Topic ==> Basic reports  (10 exercises)
Level ==> Harder than average
Subject ==> Power BI training
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Create a new Power BI file, and run the SQL script in the above folder to generate the Make-a-Mammal database (there's obviously no need to do this if you already have it on your computer).

Now load the following tables:

Tables to load

Choose the tables shown to load into your model.


Hide columns and tables so that you see a tidier list of fields:

List of fields

This is what Microsoft call the "field well".


Create a matrix showing the average quantity sold by year/quarter and region:

Matrix of quantity

Note that the averages are formatted to two decimal places.

Save this Power BI file with the name That was easy, then exit this instance of Power BI Desktop.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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04 Sep 20 at 13:33

Hi wise owl

How do i run the sql script?

07 Sep 20 at 08:01

Hi, you can run the script in SQL Server Management Studio.  We have a video which explains how to install SQL Server and Management Studio and how to execute a script to install a sample database which you can see here.

I hope that helps!

07 Sep 20 at 09:16

Thanks :)