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Track Power BI user activities with Activity Log

We have a necessity to track user access to specific reports on our Power BI instance. According to the this article, we can use the activity log to retrieve tracking/audit information for a Power BI instance.


Track user activities in Power BI - Power BI | Microsoft Learn


In the process of researching and learning, I have been trying REST APIs with Powershell. I have been able to call straightforward REST APIs such as the ones that return all of the datasets. I have been using an account that is a Power BI Administrator and I have installed all of the required Power BI Cmdlets in Powershell.


However, I  have not  had any success with calling the API to retrieve tracking information. For a simple test the article shows this command:'2019-08-31T00:00:00'&endDateT...


I  have tried calling it in Powershell using this command:

Invoke-PowerBIRestMethod -Url ''2023-02-10T00:00:00'&endDateT...'' -Method Get


It fails with this message:

Invoke-PowerBIRestMethod : A positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument


I then tired this command:

Invoke-PowerBIRestMethod -Url '' -Method Get

I then got this message:

"code": "BadRequest", "message": "Bad Request",

"The DateTimeOffset text '2023-02-10T00:00:00' should be in format
'yyyy-mm-ddThh:mm:ss('.'s+)?(zzzzzz)?' and each field value is within valid range.",
"target": "startDateTime"


Lastly, I tried this command:

Invoke-PowerBIRestMethod -Url '' -Method Get


I then get this message:

Invoke-PowerBIRestMethod : Encountered errors when invoking the command: {"code": "BadRequest", "message": "Bad Request", "details": [{
"message": "Object must implement IConvertible


Can anyone give the correct syntax to call the Power BI REST API to show the activith from Feb. 10, 2023 - Feb. 12, 2023? Once we have this simple step done we would like to move forward with getting a continuation token and autmating the process with SSIS.

Helper III
Helper III

I am just bumping this up. Maybe the original post is too wordy.


What I need is help accessing the Power BI Activity in order to retrieve audit/tracking data on who is accessing the reports, duration, frequenecy, etc. This article says we can do that using Power BI REST APIs.


Her is info  on the Power BI Get Activity Events REST APIs.


Admin - Get Activity Events - REST API (Power BI Power BI REST APIs) | Microsoft Learn


How do I run them from Powershell? I have been trying running the following command:


Invoke-PowerBIRestMethod -Url '' -Method Get


However, it fails. I have tried adding single quotations around the dates but it just adds it into one big string from the start date to the end date and fails. I have tried removing the .000Z from the end of the dates but it gives a date format error.


Any help would be appreciated.

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