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Error while Direct Query Option

Hi All,


I am using Direct option while retrieving data from SQL server and gettting below error . but this sql query works perfectly with import mode..  so is there a limitation using direct option? please let me know


Microsoft SQL: Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'WITH'.
Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'with'. If this statement is a common table expression, an xmlnamespaces clause or a change tracking context clause, the previous statement must be terminated with a semicolon.
Incorrect syntax near ','.
Incorrect syntax near ')'.





Community Support
Community Support

Hi @ak77 ,


Thanks to @ExcelMonke  for their replies and allow me to provide another insight:


There are a number of potential negatives associated with using DirectQuery. Some of these limitations will vary slightly depending on the exact source you are using. This document lists the general implications of using DirectQuery, as well as limitations related to performance, security, transformations, modelling and reporting.

DirectQuery in Power BI - Power BI | Microsoft Learn


In addition, here are solutions to problems similar to yours that we hope will help you:
Solved: Power query loads but errors on close and apply - Microsoft Fabric Community


If your Current Period does not refer to this, please clarify in a follow-up reply.


Best Regards,

Clara Gong

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Continued Contributor
Continued Contributor

Whilst I can't tell you exactly what is going on with the query, I have run into many issues using the Direct Query option. This is caused me to then recreate everything using imports. 
I would say, unless you are using very basic measures and little transformation, Direct Query isn't always the most useful. This includes having issues where, dashboards built off of semantic models (Direct Query) don't always refresh correctly as expected. 

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