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Helper II
Helper II

How to Change Live Dataset and Overwrite the Existing Report

Hi everyone,


I have a report which is connected live to a Power BI dataset.

I've made a copy of that dataset in another workspace and would now like to switch the live connection from the first dataset to the new dataset.


I've downloaded the report from the Power BI online web service, opened it in Power BI Desktop and changed the dataset like this:


After selecting the new dataset, I've clicked on "Create":



However, after saving and publishing the report to the same workspace the report is already in, a new report with the same name is created (I don't get the "Do you want to overwrite?" warning).

I would like to overwrite the existing one, so that I preserve the report ID and URL.


Is that possible, please?


I have the latest (August 2020) version on Power BI Desktop.



Thanks in advance and best regards,



In the end, I've managed to solve this issue by using Power BI API function:


Thanks and best regards,


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Super User
Super User

@meehael , What you have highlighted is the different workspaces.  That is possible.

Am I seeing it wrong?


@amitchandak currently, both, the dataset and the report are in the "CRM Reporting" workspace.


A few days ago, I've created a copy of the dataset in "EMEA Shared Data Sources" workspace.


Now, I would like to change the live connection of the report in the "CRM Reporting" to the dataset in the "EMEA Shared Data Sources", and overwrite the existing report in the "CRM Reporting" workspace, but I can't. After I publish the updated report, a new copy of the report with the same name is created.



Hi @meehael ,


You may  download the pbix file from the report page in Power BI Service, then open in Power BI Desktop to make some desired changes. Then republish the pbix to the same workspace.

Download pbix.png


















Best Regards,



Community Support Team _ Amy

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Hi @v-xicai ,


thanks for the reply.

I tried that, but a new copy of the report is created after I publish the report, and with the same name.

I don't get the "Do you want to overwrite the existing report?" warning.


This is the state of the workspace immediately after I published the updated version of the report (but with the same name):



Is this a bug?


Thanks and best regards,



In the end, I've managed to solve this issue by using Power BI API function:


Thanks and best regards,


Hi Meehael, 
I am also facing same issue - report not overlapping when we change dataset in live connection and republish. Is any other way apart from API ?


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