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PBI cloud datasets can connect to AD universal MFA?

Hello All,


The connection to the synapse analytics uses AD Universal MFA as the authentication method, and I am able to successfully connect to Synapse using SSMS and Power BI Desktop. However, I am unable to refresh the published PBI dataset, which is pointing to Synapse, on power BI services with auth2 connection.

For Power BI gateway setup we have only 2 types supported i.e. Basic and OAuth.

What type of connection authentication needs to be created for Synapse and Power BI cloud?

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Thanks in advance




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Hi @Anonymous ,


You can't have MFA set on a userid that is doing automatic refresh.  Therefore, the best way around this is to have a service account or other account that does not require MFA and then the automatic refresh will work fine.  This is more the issue that I think you are encountering than the type of connection.

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