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IBM DB2 Connections and Driver Limitations

Can someone help me answer a couple of questions on this connection in PowerBI Desktop and Service and Driver Limitations? 


1.  From Microsofts IBM Db2 Database Driver Documentation:  Microsoft IBM DB2 Driver does not support TLS.  So I am assuming that if I hit a DB2 database in the cloud I would have to open a port that does not use TLS and therefore the data cannot be encrypted and is unsecured during transport?


2.  From Microsofts IBM Db2 Database Driver Documentation: "Power Query Online only uses the Microsoft driver.  So does this mean that the PowerBI Service can only use the Microsoft Driver which in turn means it cannot use TLS and then all the data is unsecured during transport?


The reason I am asking is that I have secured data I need to access from both the desktop then publish to the service and refresh from the service.  And all the data needs to be transported securely.



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Hi  @Razorbx13 ,

All data persisted by Power BI is encrypted by default using Microsoft-managed keys. Customer data stored in Azure SQL Databases is fully encrypted using Azure SQL's Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) technology. Customer data stored in Azure Blob storage is encrypted using Azure Storage Encryption .


All data requested and transmitted by Power BI is encrypted in transit using HTTPS (except when the data source chosen by the customer does not support HTTPS) to connect from the data source to the Power BI service. A secure connection is established with the data provider, and only once that connection is established will data traverse the network.


For power bi transmission security, you can check the Security white paper on the official website.


Best Regards,

Liu Yang

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So, let me ask one more question.  If I use the IBM2 Driver, encryption will occur between the Desktop and the Source Cloud DB, and between the Service and the Source Cloud DB it will be encrypted, correct?  It is just that I will not be able to use Direct Query in both?  I am trying to avoid the use of Tableau.

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