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Meeskass
Helper I
Helper I

Unable to delete measures after changing data source location

Hi everyone!

 

I am facing an annoying bug/issue.

Previously I had developed a PBI report, with some measures here and there. 

At one point, it was necessary to switch from the testing dataset to the PBI dataset, but not all the measures were aligned.

Now I am unable to delete some of the measures that do not work anymore (See screenshot).

When I press on the 'three dots' for more options, it simply displays "Something went wrong" error.
What to do? Thansk!!!

 

Pictures:

Meeskass_0-1671580460365.pngMeasures with errors. Cannot be opened, viewed, edited, deleted. 

 

Error message:

Meeskass_1-1671580519714.png

 

 

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Yes exactly!

And I did find a solution just a couple of minutes ago.

It might be a bug inside Power BI or just my own low level of brain capacity hah

The scenario was that the PBI report had some measures with the same name as the new Live PBI dataset that I connected to. This led to having measures with duplicate names and PBI doesn't like that, which resulted in one of those measures to be 'broken' as on the picture. 
Even though I was not able to delete the broken measures directly, as it simply gave me an error, I was still able to rename the broken measures and then delete them 🙂

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I would suggest this actually is a bug. I've had this exact same issue. In the past, I've been able to right click and "delete from model", but that no longer works consistently (sometimes it does, usually it doesn't). When it doesn't work, there is no error. It just doesn't do anything.

 

Renaming and then deleting is not a good solution. Here is why:

 

My use case: I have a live connection to SSAS tabular. I create a custom measure within the PBIX file named "Widget Count", and build out a number of pages of content using this custom measure. It's such a useful measure, I have it built into the SSAS tabular model itself with the same name. So when I delete the custom measure in my file, all my reports will already work because they'll find the name. If I have to rename before I delete, I'll need to update every view with the new measure, which can be a lot of work, especially when you've formatted the view with certain colors/styles/conditional formats/etc.

 

The renaming option is only good if the measure in your file has a different intent/definition than the duplicate that was created.

 

I'm using this version:

Microsoft Power BI Desktop (Optimized for Power BI Report Server - May 2022)

Anonymous
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Right click the measure, select Delete From Model

Doesn't work. Can't even right click. When I right click, it pops up the error message above.

Have you tried deleting them with Tabular Editor?

Pat

 

Microsoft Employee

That's actually a good idea, unfortunately the issue is in the PBI report that is conected to a PBI dataset, in which case the Tabular editor doesn't work. It works on the dataset report itself, however there is no issue there, its only on the visual report that connects to PBI dataset. 

Anonymous
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sorry, but to confirm are you trying to delete these measures out of a PBIX that has a live connection to a published dataset?

Yes exactly!

And I did find a solution just a couple of minutes ago.

It might be a bug inside Power BI or just my own low level of brain capacity hah

The scenario was that the PBI report had some measures with the same name as the new Live PBI dataset that I connected to. This led to having measures with duplicate names and PBI doesn't like that, which resulted in one of those measures to be 'broken' as on the picture. 
Even though I was not able to delete the broken measures directly, as it simply gave me an error, I was still able to rename the broken measures and then delete them 🙂

How did you rename the measure? I have the same issue, a measure with the same name as one subsiquently added to the tabular model, but I can't delete it, edit it, rename it, do anything but produce an error report. Measure Tools don't open when I click on it, and the 3 dots only bring up an error message.

Anonymous
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If you are facing this issue and it meets the discussed criteria in this post (you are connected to a published model [e.g. live connection], and not working on the semantic model*) then you would need to delete/rename the measure you've added through the tabular model. One of them should still be editable whilst the other will not.

 

If you're unable to do this; you will need to access (or contact the owner) the semantic model to remove the measure that was published as part of the dataset.

 

*Simplest way to test if you are working on the semantic model is if you can create custom columns. If you can not - you are not working on the semantic model.

Anonymous
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good job on the find, it was going to be my next suggestion. I was making the assumption you were working inside of a PBIX where you had imported data, not done a live connection.

 

as an FYI it's not a bug. Depending upon organisational structure a published dataset could have measures and calculated columns built into it for all content creators to access. If the dataset is governed and shared with multiple content creators (single source of truth etc.) then PBIX files that create a live connection to the dataset can not create calculated columns, but only measures.

 

Measures published in the original dataset will be available for all users, however measures created on your live connect PBIX will only be accessible and visible to users who have access to your unique PBIX file.

 

If there's a conflict the resolution is to re-name the measure (as you have done), or access the dataset and rename/delete the measures in the dataset file.

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