Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Fabric is Generally Available. Browse Fabric Presentations. Work towards your Fabric certification with the Cloud Skills Challenge.

Frequent Visitor

Change Power BI live service connection

Hi there


I have decided to use Power BI Desktop to author a report model which is then published to the service and consumed in other reports by using the new Power BI Service connection. The problem is that you can’t change the data set you’re connected to once you have connected to it initially as all the options are disabled in desktop. I’ve also tried modifying the actual Connections file in the pbix itself but that always renders my pbix corrupt. Has anyone been successful in doing this before?


I have tried the solution mentioned in the post below using the June 2017 update for Power BI Desktop but I constantly get the message "This file is corrupted or was created by an unrecognized version of Power BI Desktop. It can't be opened".




Hi @kirby,


Based on my test, currently, it is not available to change the live connection dataset from Power BI service that the report connects to.  Now this capability is on team's backlog, please be patient for waiting for the future release.


By the way, from the error message when you attempted to open the zip file, it looks like the pbix file was destroyed during the compression processor. In my test, after adding the pbix file to Zip file, there is no way to change the connection file.


Best regards,

Yuliana Gu

Community Support Team _ Yuliana Gu
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

Hi Yuliana, any idea when this functionality might be released?


Thank you,



Under Edit Queries you find the option Data source settings, when you open it you can change the dataset used as source. In my particular case I moved a report from on domain to another domain by switching accounts and then choosing the new (copied) dataset in the new workspace. I do not know whether this option works for you, but it might be worth a try ...

Hi Yuliana


Thanks for the feedback. I really hope this functionality is made available soon



Helpful resources

PBI November 2023 Update Carousel

Power BI Monthly Update - November 2023

Check out the November 2023 Power BI update to learn about new features.

Community News

Fabric Community News unified experience

Read the latest Fabric Community announcements, including updates on Power BI, Synapse, Data Factory and Data Activator.

Dashboard in a day with date

Exclusive opportunity for Women!

Join us for a free, hands-on Microsoft workshop led by women trainers for women where you will learn how to build a Dashboard in a Day!

Power BI Fabric Summit Carousel

The largest Power BI and Fabric virtual conference

130+ sessions, 130+ speakers, Product managers, MVPs, and experts. All about Power BI and Fabric. Attend online or watch the recordings.

Top Solution Authors
Top Kudoed Authors