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Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Share your thoughts on DirectQuery for Power BI datasets and Azure Analysis Services (preview)

Hit Reply and let us know what you think of the DirectQuery for Power BI datasets and Azure Analysis Services.  To learn more about this feature, please visit this blog post or our documentation.


Here are some areas that we'd like to hear about in particular:

  • Performance
  • Query editor experience--the remote model query doesn't show up in the query editor and only in the data source settings dialog. What are your thoughts?
  • Navigator experience
  • Thoughts around governance and permissions for models that leverage this feature
  • Nesting models, i.e. building a composite model on top of a composite model
  • Automatic page refresh for live connect in composite models

Thanks and we look forward to hearing your feedback!


- The Power BI Modeling Team

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Advocate I
Advocate I

Not sure if this was covered, i tried reading through the 246 replies and couldn't really find it.


In our use case, we are finding this feature frustratingly useless:

  • We have PBI Premium
  • We Centralize several 'golden' datasets in a centralized workspace
  • We build reports in separate - business facing - workspaces, that connect to the centralized datasets.
  • We have a mix of report authors with build permissions on these datasets and everyone else in the company essentially has viewer access.
  • We also have some external guest accounts that access reports that connect to these datasets.


When we build a power bi dataset that direct queries two other datasets, our workspace admins and workspace members can view the reports and everything works great.  After that, our report authors (dataset build permissions) and viewers cannot view anything.  Typically the error message we get is couldn't display the visual, sometimes we get an SSO Error (AWSL).


We've tried multiple solutions, but at the end of the day if viewers inside of PBI premium cannot access this seemingly game changing feature, it's of no use.


My question is, is it on the roadmap to correct this? Is there timing available?

I am not entirely sure what you are experiencing. Please open a support ticket so we can investigate.

Will do.  We've played with it a lot, the functionality works except for viewers essentially.

Go into the PBI service and double check that you have enabled build on all datasets participating in the model. Go to the dataset in the service, click the 3 elipses --> Manage Permissions --> Direct Access --> 3 elipses next to viewer account --> Add Build. Permissions for user should be "Viewer, Build"

at this moment, viewers need build permissions to view reports. we are actively working on changing that, but it is an artefact of how this feature was build (no pun intended).

Ahh, ok.  Do you have an ETA on when this feature may be updated? Or an active uservoice record that I could follow for updates?

no ETA. We will mention it in the monthly blog and update the dedicated blog and docs as well.

Ok, since this thread was for feedback I would say I don't find this feature useful at all unless viewers of workspaces/datasets can utilize these types of dataset datamodels.  We can't have viewers have permissions to be contributors/members and with PBI premium we cannot license everyone for pro to just view reports.

New Member

I get an unexpected result when I add another source, here Excel, to an existing dataset.

In the dataset I have an article dimension to which I want to join more attributes via the Excel file. However, in the Excel table I do not have an entry for each article, which should not be a problem. When I load the Excel file into the model I have the possibility to create the relationship correctly (1:n). All good so far...

If I then use elements from the Excel file and the article dimension in the report, the contents are automatically filtered, i.e. I only get the data records for which entries are maintained in the Excel file. I would have expected a different result here and not a filtering.

If I open the "original" dataset and add the same Excel file to the model, I have the desired behavior in the report, i.e. the additional information is added to the records for which there is an attribute, if there is no attribute, the field remains empty.

I would have expected the same result when joining to the existing dataset.

Is this behavior desired or am I doing something wrong?


Not applicable

I get the following error when refreshing data in Services, even though I enter the credentials: 

"your data source cant be refreshed because the credentials are invalid. Please update your credentials and try again"


Does anyone know why I get the error and how I can refresh the data succesfully?

you should be able to successfully refresh. Please check the credentials and if they are correct, please open a support ticket.

Frequent Visitor

Lineage breaks when DQ is turned on to the dataset.  It converts over to an Analysis Services source where the url is the workspace and the database is the dataset name.  But when looking at the impact analysis of the dataset, these reports do not appear in the list.  It would be nice if the lineage could be seamed together.

Thanks, this is expected behavior for now. We are still working on the lineage integration.

Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

I was able to use this functionality earlier this week.  However today I am not getting the option to update from a live connection to a Direct Query.  I uninstalled the desktop and reinstalled.  Still no luck 😞


I then tried to start with an excel source query and add analysis services also with no luck.  And yes, I have confirmed the Direct Query option is selected.


I should mention also that I am on version 2.91.884.0 64-bit (March 2021)

Hi, I have the same issue, although I have the newest version 2.91.884.0 64-bit (March 2021), I still can't combine two sources: excel imported data and Analysis Services through the Direct Query.


did you enable the preview feature? Also, please note that SQL Server Analysis Services is not supported, just Azure Analysis Services.

Hi 🙂 I enabled the preview feature, but I'm working on SQL Server which is why this feature is not working. Thank you so much for the help!

Community Champion
Community Champion

Ive been testing the updates for Direct Query for Power BI datasets and Analysis Services in Preview at the moment


Previously there were three issues


Connect to Dataset 1 and data set 2.

the folders created within data set 1 and 2 are not in the reporting pbix file (This is now resolved)

The Sort by on fields have been lost in the reporting pbix file (This has now been resolved)

The formatting is lost on data sets.

This unfortunately still seems to be a problem and we absolutely dont want to lose the formatting work set within the data sets




In the dataset this is Percentage 2 for one of my measures, however in the reporting pbix file the formatting hasnt come through


So unfortuantely for us this still isnt fit for purpose. Has anyone else noticed this?

as noted in the blog formatting is not yet persisted. It will be though.

Was this addressed in the June update?  Based on the blog I thought it was, but I am still not seeing formatting on my measures flow from the original model to the one with the DirectQuery. 

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