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How to get SQL Profiler working with Azure SQLDB?


We are having a Power BI dataset in the service. The source of this dataset are some Azure SQLdb tables.
PaaS (Platform as a Service) setup.
The daily refresh of this Power BI dataset takes long.
SQL Profiler would be the tool to check the events that are happening. But we can't get it working in this PaaS environment. We used SQLServer, DAX Studio and Azure Data Studio.
So how can I trace query execution, capture events in a PaaS environment?


Really hope someone has the answer

regards Ron

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Hi @PowerRon,


There are many reasons why datasets can be slow to refresh.
1 Please consider optimizing the model to increase the refresh speed. For example, remove unnecessary columns.
2 Complex or inefficient calculation logic, including RLS roles.

3 Not enough memory

4 CPU saturation

For more details you can refer this official atricles.

Optimize Microsoft Power BI Premium capacities - Power BI | Microsoft Docs


Or these links maybe helpful.

SQL Server Profiler in Azure Data Studio (

How to use SQL Server Profiler with an Azure SQL Server with AAD integrated security where AAD user ...



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Hi @amitchandak 

The solution you provide doesn't work with Azure SQLDB
SQL Server Profiler and SQL Trace are deprecated.
They say for Azure SQL Database you should use 
Extended Events to capture the queries as far as I know understand. Never used these extended events.

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@PowerRon , Not very cleat



Power BI Premium - XMLA Endpoint - Data Refresh using SQL Server Management Studio:


Power BI Premium - XMLA Endpoint - Using SQL Server profiler:



Using XMLA endpoints to change data sources in a Power BI dataset

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