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Service account to connect to dataverse

I am creating reports that query a dataverse environment.
I want them to connect to the dataverse using some kind of service/system account, not a user account.


Is it possible to use application users to do this? 

I cannot see a way to enter a client secret in power bi, so it looks like i have to create an AD Account and assign it the required permissions in dataverse.

Appreciate guidance on this.
Thank you.

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Hi @wilson_smyth ,

It is true that you can use application users (service principals) for this purpose. You can do this by following these steps:

1. Register the application to get the client ID and secret. Detailed instructions for creating an app:

Register a Microsoft Entra app and create a service principal - Microsoft identity platform | Micros...


2. Once you have registered your application and set your client secret, you need to create an application user in Dataverse and assign the necessary permissions. For more information, see:

Use single-tenant server-to-server authentication (Microsoft Dataverse) - Power Apps | Microsoft Lea...


Best Regards,

Ada Wang

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