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How to disable multi factor authentication to use POwer BI REST API



I am running a powershell script to get the refresh history of all pbi reports of respective workspaces.

Problem: I need to run the script manually, I mention here manually because whenever I run the script it ask me to validate my Microsoft account by entering the pin code (multi-factor authentication). Due to this I am not able to automate the script. I don’t know if it is possible to get authentication token without validating the account or to disable multi-factor authentication. Any suggestion would be really helpful.

Below is the code to Get authentication token:


$clientId = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"

# Calls the Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL) to authenticate against AAD


function GetAuthToken


    $adal = "${env:ProgramFiles}\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\AzureRM.profile\5.3.2\Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory.dll"


    $adalforms = "${env:ProgramFiles}\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\AzureRM.profile\5.3.2\Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory.WindowsForms.dll"


    [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom($adal) | Out-Null


    [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom($adalforms) | Out-Null


    $redirectUri = ""


    $resourceAppIdURI = ""


    $authority = "";


    $authContext = New-Object "Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory.AuthenticationContext" -ArgumentList $authority


    $authResult = $authContext.AcquireToken($resourceAppIdURI, $clientId, $redirectUri, "Auto")


    return $authResult



# Get the auth token from AAD

$token = GetAuthToken


Thanks in advanced

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Have you tried using Service Principal/App Registration via AAD? Make sure you assign PowerBI API Permissions for the registration and then you can get an access token for the registration

Thanks for reply.

Yes, I had tried out service principal way earlier, when didn't have powerbi pro account. And, it hadn't work earlier.

Which is why, I had purchase powerBI pro.


I don't recall the actual error now, but somewhere it was related to not able to generate access token.


For now, I got unblocked by disabling multi factor authentication using following:

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Had you succeeded in disabling multi factor authentication for power bi rest api?

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Thank you for reply, unfortunately no.



I am also stucked with same issue since couple of days.

Can you share what work around you had used to get things working?

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