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Transform Shared Dataset

Our company is utilizing a unified, shared PowerBi dataset that frequently refreshes rather than having report developers pull from SQL directly. This will mitigate data discrepancies across reports. However, once I connect to the PowerBI dataset I am unable to transform any data or create measures that reference the fields.


I will not be able to make any changes/transformations to the back end of the Shared Dataset. I'm looking for a way to reference the shared dataset to create a dataset that I am able to manipulate without affecting the source. Is this possible??


All of my reporting is tailored to clients who want frequent small changes. I need direct ability to manipulate the fields, but this Shared Dataset is my only way to access anything! Thank you

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Hi @Sethj33 ,


Download the report in service, then open it in desktop and re model it.


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You should offer both Dataflows and Datasets in that workspace.  You can create the dataset from the Dataflows so that refresh against the source is minimized.  You can then use the Dataflows when transformation is needed, and the dataset when it is not.



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