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Helper II
Helper II

Linked dataflow table doesn't create a linked entity

I linked a table from one dataflow into another.

The documentation says, and what I experienced before, that a "linked entity" should be created.

But for some reason, it doesn't.


- Both dataflows are inside the same workspace.

- This is a Premium capacity P1 workspace.

- Update of the "root" dataflow doesn't start a refresh of the linked dataflow. So they are not linked.



Does anyone know why this might happen?

Helper II
Helper II

Hello Adam,


No, they are not linked at the lineage.





Hi Oleg,


Just to confirm - when you look at the lineage view in the workspace for the two dataflows, what does it look like? Do they have a connected arrow?





When selecting the dataflow connector in the dataflow DE, the default is Power Platform Dataflows.  This connector is great for datasets because, it allows for query folding to dataflows (if enhanced compute engine is on).  However, this connector does not support linked entities between dataflows!  In the dataflow DE, the entity does have the link symbol but, there is no link in the lineage view and there is no orchestration between the linked entities.  IT IS BROKEN AND IT FAILS SILENTLY, WITHOUT ANY ERROR MESSAGE OR ANY OTHER  INDICATION.  You are an MS employee, you should know this.


The only way to get true linked entities is to use the Power BI Dataflows connector.



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