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Synik_PBI
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Usage Metrics - Not refreshing/unable to view in service

Greetings everyone! 

 

I have a bit of an odd case and I hate to present it as such because I'm the middleman here between my company's PBI admins and any suggestions here, so I might not be able to test anything immediately. 

 

Anyways, I have a PBI workspace where I'm trying to view the usage metrics of all reports. I have done some research and found that I can connect to this dataset via PBI desktop using the Power BI Datasets connector. Here is where the problems start.

 

First of all, the Usage Metric dataset has not been refreshed since 2022. Obviously this is not ideal, so I've done what I can on my end (i.e not much) to attempt/force a refresh: I've switched between old/new usage metrics multiple times in multiple tools attempting to trigger some sort of push to refresh it. No luck so far. 

 

Secondly, I have found an article published by MS (here) that states how to troubleshoot this dataset if it won't refresh. Well I've been working with my PBI Admin team and it turns out they attempted to follow these instructions and can't even see the dataset in the web service! 


Thirdly, I can attempt to view this dataset using the desktop connector to view in the browser, I'm met with this prompt: 

Synik_PBI_0-1690494509799.png
Great, so I hit send to request access and get this: 

Synik_PBI_1-1690494538781.png


I'm at a loss now. Any ideas on what to do aside from nuking the entire workspace and moving everything over to another? I really wish there was an easier way to view/control report usage in a workspace. This is very pivitol to developers to ensure their tools are actually being used. 

Thanks for any ideas! 

 

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Hi , @Synik_PBI 

Thanks for your quick response!

Here is my understand for your question:
(1)Here is two datasets in my system storage area of the workspace:

vyueyunzhmsft_0-1691033574214.png

This is related to the "New Usgae report on" is open or not .

vyueyunzhmsft_1-1691033610549.png

 

The "Usage Metrics Report" dataset is created when the "New Usages report on" is opening.

The  "Report Usage Metrics Model" dataset is created when the "New Usages report on" is not opening .

And for i recommend you to use the new metrics dataset .

For more information, you can refer to :
Announcing: Improved report usage metrics in modern workspaces | Microsoft Power BI Blog | Microsoft...

 

(2)When you first launch the usage metrics report, Power BI automatically creates a Usage Metrics Report dataset. The usage metrics report relies on that dataset. Power BI then refreshes this dataset daily. Although you can't change the refresh schedule, you can update the credentials that Power BI uses to refresh the usage metrics data.

The Power BI backend will refresh data for you on a daily basis, and generally does not require you to configure it.

And if you want to refresh the dataset , you can use the REST API to refresh it :
Datasets - Refresh Dataset In Group - REST API (Power BI Power BI REST APIs) | Microsoft Learn

And you can find the group id and dataset id in the url:

vyueyunzhmsft_2-1691033887639.png

 

Thank you for your time and sharing, and thank you for your support and understanding of PowerBI! 

 

Best Regards,

Aniya Zhang

If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly

 

 

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v-yueyunzh-msft
Community Support
Community Support

Hi , @Synik_PBI 

Based on your whole issue description and operations you have done, I think you have met an issue related to the Power BI usage metrics App dataset refreshing failed since one year ago. And you have also found the correct official documentation for the troubleshooting steps guidance. But the main blocking of the troubleshooting steps you followed is that you can be able to find the dataset ID in the dataset setting page, this is because you don't have the "Edit/build" permission to the Power BI usage metrics App dataset.

 

So the main point that we need to fix/make it possible is to make sure you have at least the "Edit/build" permission to the Power BI usage metrics App dataset. Because currently this dataset doesn't have a owner as the error message returned, we need to first get the permission of this usage metrics App dataset. The most convenient step is to temporarily request for the Power BI admin give you the member/admin role access to the corresponding Power BI workspace. Then you are able to follow the correct official documentation for the troubleshooting steps guidance to use the "delete dataset in group" rest API to delete the Power BI usage metrics App dataset and generate it again to enter the credential in the dataset setting again.

Datasets - Delete Dataset In Group - REST API (Power BI Power BI REST APIs) | Microsoft Learn

Monitor usage metrics in workspaces (preview) - Power BI | Microsoft Learn

 

You can easily find the dataset ID in the dataset setting URL in here:

vyueyunzhmsft_0-1690768024977.png

 

 

Thank you for your time and sharing, and thank you for your support and understanding of PowerBI! 

 

Best Regards,

Aniya Zhang

If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly

Thank you for the reply @v-yueyunzh-msft 

Before I circle back with my admin team, I want to clarify one point I made:  The admin team being unable to view the dataset. If I were granted escalated/admin permissions for the workspace, why would I be able to see it and the current admins for all workspaces being currently unable to see it? 

Hi , @Synik_PBI 

Based on my previous research and investigation ,It has nothing to do with the tenant's admin. If the tenant's admin is not in the workspace, he does not have permission to directly access the dataset. So would you like to kindly request to have at least a "Contributor" role to the corresponding workspace and check if the dataset setting can be found in the corresponding workspace setting page? Many thanks!

Roles in workspaces in Power BI - Power BI | Microsoft Learn

 

 

Thank you for your time and sharing, and thank you for your support and understanding of PowerBI! 

 

Best Regards,

Aniya Zhang

If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly

Thanks again @v-yueyunzh-msft

I can confirm that I do have the contributor role already and am still unable to view the dataset. Can you advise a next step? 

HI , @Synik_PBI 

I test it in my side , you can try to go into the "Setting" of one dataset in your workspace.

vyueyunzhmsft_0-1690942537945.png

And you can see if the usage metric dataset in the left:

vyueyunzhmsft_1-1690942569264.png

 

And you can also see in your workspace exist this dataset:

vyueyunzhmsft_2-1690942624069.png

 

And if you still can not see it , you can try to use this account to generate a new one to test if it can create .

For this , you can refer to :
Monitor usage metrics in workspaces (preview) - Power BI | Microsoft Learn

 

Thank you for your time and sharing, and thank you for your support and understanding of PowerBI! 

 

Best Regards,

Aniya Zhang

If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly

@v-yueyunzh-msft  Again thank you very much for walking me through this! 

I can confirm that I do see the dataset inside the Dataset settings area. I was able to take it over and make myself the owner. I'm still not seeing a way to refresh it though. Any ideas? From the link you gave - it appears there is no way to manually refresh it, so I will probably need to check back in 24hrs. 

EDIT: I also looked at your second screenshot and I do NOT see Usage Metrics in the system storage area of the workspace as it is listed in your screenshot. I do see one called "Report Usage Metrics Model," but the one inside the Dataset settings area is just called "Usage Metrics Report." 

 

EDIT2: Now the Usage Metrics Report has appeared in the workspace. I wonder why it wasn't there before...I hope by taking over the dataset this somehow prompted a refresh.

Hi , @Synik_PBI 

Thanks for your quick response!

Here is my understand for your question:
(1)Here is two datasets in my system storage area of the workspace:

vyueyunzhmsft_0-1691033574214.png

This is related to the "New Usgae report on" is open or not .

vyueyunzhmsft_1-1691033610549.png

 

The "Usage Metrics Report" dataset is created when the "New Usages report on" is opening.

The  "Report Usage Metrics Model" dataset is created when the "New Usages report on" is not opening .

And for i recommend you to use the new metrics dataset .

For more information, you can refer to :
Announcing: Improved report usage metrics in modern workspaces | Microsoft Power BI Blog | Microsoft...

 

(2)When you first launch the usage metrics report, Power BI automatically creates a Usage Metrics Report dataset. The usage metrics report relies on that dataset. Power BI then refreshes this dataset daily. Although you can't change the refresh schedule, you can update the credentials that Power BI uses to refresh the usage metrics data.

The Power BI backend will refresh data for you on a daily basis, and generally does not require you to configure it.

And if you want to refresh the dataset , you can use the REST API to refresh it :
Datasets - Refresh Dataset In Group - REST API (Power BI Power BI REST APIs) | Microsoft Learn

And you can find the group id and dataset id in the url:

vyueyunzhmsft_2-1691033887639.png

 

Thank you for your time and sharing, and thank you for your support and understanding of PowerBI! 

 

Best Regards,

Aniya Zhang

If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly

 

 

Thank you @v-yueyunzh-msft ! Hopefully last question. 

I waited 24hrs with no luck on the refresh. I can try your API method to see if that works. This is the current error that is showing in the dataset settings: 

Synik_PBI_1-1691069447571.png

Do you think the best way to resolve this might be an API refresh? I'm not sure if I can do that but I'll try....

EDIT: Thanks so much for the multiple posts, @v-yueyunzh-msft ! 
Your API refresh link worked, I can confirm that the Usage Metrics is showing a refresh date of today. Woo! 

v-yueyunzh-msft
Community Support
Community Support

Hi , @Synik_PBI 

Based on your whole issue description and operations you have done, I think you have met an issue related to the Power BI usage metrics App dataset refreshing failed since one year ago. And you have also found the correct official documentation for the troubleshooting steps guidance. But the main blocking of the troubleshooting steps you followed is that you can be able to find the dataset ID in the dataset setting page, this is because you don't have the "Edit/build" permission to the Power BI usage metrics App dataset.

 

So the main point that we need to fix/make it possible is to make sure you have at least the "Edit/build" permission to the Power BI usage metrics App dataset. Because currently this dataset doesn't have a owner as the error message returned, we need to first get the permission of this usage metrics App dataset. The most convenient step is to temporarily request for the Power BI admin give you the member/admin role access to the corresponding Power BI workspace. Then you are able to follow the correct official documentation for the troubleshooting steps guidance to use the "delete dataset in group" rest API to delete the Power BI usage metrics App dataset and generate it again to enter the credential in the dataset setting again.

Datasets - Delete Dataset In Group - REST API (Power BI Power BI REST APIs) | Microsoft Learn

Monitor usage metrics in workspaces (preview) - Power BI | Microsoft Learn

 

You can easily find the dataset ID in the dataset setting URL in here:

vyueyunzhmsft_0-1690768024977.png

 

 

Thank you for your time and sharing, and thank you for your support and understanding of PowerBI! 

 

Best Regards,

Aniya Zhang

If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly

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