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OneWithQuestion
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Pass username as filter or parameter in query using DirectQuery to SQL?

Is there anyway to pass UserName() or userPrincipalName() as a query parameter when doing direct query?

 

For example, if I want to direct query on today's sales I can handle queries like getting today's date, but I also want to filter on the sales person running the direct query.

 

Our sales table has the sale's person's userPrincipalName as a column but I want it to filter on that by passing a value as opposed to having to return all the values for today and then do a slicer filter on the report.

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Shaun2020
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Hi guys. Actually, this is possible in theory. If I can  use RLS and have a table with the value you want to pass to SQL, linked to USERPRINCIPALNAME() or USERNAME(), whichever you want to use, then it should be possible. Create/Upload a table to PBI with the data as a created table  or via a query
Create a measure where the USERPRINCIPALNAME() matches a value in the table using LOOKUPVALUE() and assign the resulting value to a parameter in your SQL query.
I have not tried this, but I have tried some things to display a user friendly name on the currently loaded Visual/Repoort/Dashboard. 
So yes, I am quite sure it is possible.
If anyone actually gets this to work, I will gladly like to know. If I have time I will give it a try myself. The query will have to be edited manually to get it to work. It will only load data for a matching value.
If I understand what you are asking, then this may be a solution.

v-chuncz-msft
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Community Support

@OneWithQuestion,

 

Row-level security (RLS) with Power BI can be used to restrict data access for given users. You may have a look.

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

No good in this case.

 

We want to filter by department defaults, so that if we are viewing sales by region or department the page loads with that specific region/department filtered first.

 

However, we don't want to prevent them from viewing other department/region data.

 

Basically we have SPO sites with various department landing pages and want a link back to PBI to take viewers directly to the PBI dashboard with the linking department filtered.

Is there anywhere I can vote for this enhancement? I have 100 million rows in a table. I can't refresh 25GB every day just so 10 people can access 100,000 rows

Is it possible to pass userbname to stored procedure in mcode? If So how can i do that? 

Thanks

Is it possible to pass userbname to stored procedure in mcode? If So how can i do that? 

Thanks

parry2k
Super User
Super User

UserName is DAX function and I don;t think you can pass this as query parameter. You can filter the records on USERNAME() once records are loaded.



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I was hoping to find a way to pass it into SQL as a parameter, I looked at using M but I didn't see any options for passing usernames that way (rather I didn't see a username function for M).

 

Ideally, I would be able to do a SELECT Col1, Col2, Col3 FROM Table1 WHERE Table1.Username=username()

(from PBI of course) however, I don't see anyway to pass system variables/parameters into queries.

 

 

I wanted to filter them BEFORE they are loaded, so if my table had 1 million records, I would much rather return only the records that matched UserName() instead of the entire table.

 

Hi

Did you find a solution for this problem? I have the same issue.

tks

 

A.

Hi

Did you find the answer for this? I have exactly the same issue.

 

thanks.

 

A.

Well as mentioned before, unfortunately I'm not aware of that you can pass username() value to power query, it is going to be filter after table is loaded.



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