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julsr
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Helper II

PowerBI Source Control using Deployment pipeline

Hi Everyone,

 

We've implemented Deployment Pipelines in our PowerBI Service; this process is the one we have right now:

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I'm wondering if it's possible to add a Source Control version in PowerBI. Is there a similar process to Github, where you can commit and push your changes (just like publishing in PowerBI desktop), and then easily track the modifications made or revert back to a previous version?

 

Do you think it would work to use the method described in https://community.fabric.microsoft.com/t5/Service/Power-BI-Source-Control-Github/m-p/1081113, incorporate https://github.com/pbi-tools/pbi-tools, and then transfer it through various stages using GitHub's Deployment Pipeline Process within the PowerBI service and the GitHub Code within Github?

 

Regards,

Julian

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julsr
Helper II
Helper II

Thanks @AlexisOlson! I researched PBI Tools, and it looks cool, but in the end, I found PowerBI deployment Pipelines meet my requirement to have Source Control within PowerBI:

- We have a history of changes

- We can see the differences between old and new report

- All changes must be approved to move from one stage to another (dev>test>prod)

 

The feature that I don't know if we have is the rollback to a previous version, but I think this saves us a lot of time.

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julsr
Helper II
Helper II

Thanks @AlexisOlson! I researched PBI Tools, and it looks cool, but in the end, I found PowerBI deployment Pipelines meet my requirement to have Source Control within PowerBI:

- We have a history of changes

- We can see the differences between old and new report

- All changes must be approved to move from one stage to another (dev>test>prod)

 

The feature that I don't know if we have is the rollback to a previous version, but I think this saves us a lot of time.

AlexisOlson
Super User
Super User

I strongly recommend reading the Data Goblins series on version control:

https://data-goblins.com/power-bi/version-control-pt5

 

There's some new stuff around development pipelines and .pbip files that's come out since that series but it's still super useful. Personally, I track TE folder structure in Git but don't use pipelines or pbi-tools yet.

Thanks for sharing this! Why are you not using the Deployment Pipelines? And what do you mean with "TE Folders"? 

The Tabular Editor folder structure is covered in the series.

 

Deployment pipelines didn't exist when I first started doing version control on Power BI files and I haven't had the need to set up that formal process yet. It would be nice in theory but I haven't had a strong enough reason to change my process to add the extra overhead.

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