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Use Power BI as Data Source for Excel and Utilize Data Gateway

GOAL: Refresh Excel data in SharePoint Online through Excel in web part or Excel Services web page (not opening in Excel client) connected to on-premises data source.


I have set up a Data Gateway and the data refresh is working great.


I am trying to use this data source in the Data Gateway as the data source for an Excel file.


I have used the "Analyze in Excel" to connect to the data source, but this does not allow for refresh and I have found it to be very limiting.


According to this article:


This should be possible. I just don't understand how to connect to the Data Gateway data source in Excel without using the Analyze feature.


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Hi guys,

any news on this, connecting to on-premise OLAP via data gateway, using plain excel / excel web access web part?

Seems that MS strategy is not to support 'old' technology but to push Azure Analysis Services na PowerBI.



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Microsoft Employee

you would have thought that the most popular spreadsheet application of all time would be supported by now....

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According to the TechNet article the new Data Gateway should support the overall data access needs for Excel and Office 365.


I will be trying to implement this durning the next 2 weeks.

Tried the latest gateway software and had the same issue. Anyone know when this will be made available and could elaborate on what the following means for the gateway


  • SQL Server data that is available in the Power BI Admin Center (this requires a subscription to Power BI for Office 365 and an administrator to configure the connection)
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Did anything come from this? 

We are trying to use the data gateway in our local Excel workbooks, and have the same workbooks seamlessly use the data gateway after being published to Power BI. Is this possible? I think our question/problem is similar. 

I have the same question, it works with PowerPivot but so far not with a driect conenction in Excel.  I'll open a ticket to verify.

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From my ticket with Microsoft, the only two ways to connect an Excel file to live data using the gateway is via PowerPivot and PowerQuery (now called GetData in excel).  However, the PowerQuery option is limited to a 10MB both these options are useless to me.

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Hi Hikmer,

may you be able to share the MSticket number to me? 

You have also no update on this? So the clarify my understanding: the statement from MS is that it's NOT possible to publish a excel workbook to 0365 which uses a live-connection to onPrem SSAS Cube, right? I have the same scenario, neither creating the connection directly to onPrem SSAS nor creating a connection to ("Analyse in Excel") worked for me, the "OnPrem Data Gateway" logs show no activitiy, so i assume the gateway is not involved in the "Live" Request...

I will now try with an AzureAS Cube instead of onPrem SSAS datasource, but i'm afraid that will also not work 😞




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Were you able to acheive your goal?  I'm trying to accomplish the exact same thing.  We are migrating from SharePoint 2010 to online and don't want to have to remake Excel Services reports that query SSAS cubes.


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Hi @Anonymous

Could you please describe more details about your scenario? Based on your description, it seems that you want to connect to on-Premise data source from SharePoint Online and fail to refresh the data. If that is the case, I would recommend you post the question in the Microsoft Online: SharePoint Online forum at . It is appropriate and more experts will assist you.

In addition, as far as I know, besides using “Analyze in Excel” feature, there is no other method that can be used to connect to the Data Gateway data source in Excel.

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I can defintely post there. The reason that I posted here is that it appears this ability is directly related to the Data Gateway.


As seen on this post:


The last line is what I am trying to achieve:


  • SQL Server data that is available in the Power BI Admin Center (this requires a subscription to Power BI for Office 365 and an administrator to configure the connection)


As it uses Power BI I was why I started here.

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