We are excited to bring you scheduled refresh for workbooks containing Power Query connections to SQL and Oracle databases. This is the first step towards adding broad support for Power Query across all data sources. To support this capability, we have released a new version of the Data Management Gateway. The new installation package (version 1.1) can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Center.
You can now configure on-premises data sources for Power Query connections in the Power BI Admin Center, so that workbooks with data models using Power Query connections can be refreshed via scheduled refresh.
Currently, we only support Power Query connections containing SQL Server and/or Oracle databases. You will need the .NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Server to connect to SQL Server databases, and Oracle Data Provider for .NET to connect to Oracle databases (Oracle 9i or above).
Here’s a step-by-step guide to configure Power Query connections in the Power BI Admin Center:
1. First you need to create a data source. In the data source page, click new data source > Power Query.
The status of the data source can be Not configured because of the following reasons:
Here’s a step-by-step guidance to create the data source in your tenant:
You can expand View additional details to view the detailed information of the data source, e.g. the Connection provider and the Connection string.
g. Click save, and the data source status is changed to configured.
When all the data sources within the Power Query connection are appropriately configured, the test Power Query connection button is enabled. It is suggested to test Power Query connection before clicking next, but if the operation takes too long, you may skip the testing by clicking next.
In the users and groups page, specify users and groups that are allowed to access these data sources to refresh Power Query connections. If a data source already exists, the specified users and groups will be appended to the existing users and groups list of the data source.
Once the Power Query connection string is successfully configured, you can schedule data refresh for Excel Workbooks containing the Power Query connection on the Power BI site.
Currently the details of the data source can only be viewed by expanding View additional details. Improved user experience will be available in later updates.
With .NET Framework 4.5.1, you will no longer see a refresh failure containing an error message in the Windows event log as “This operation cannot be performed on a completed asynchronous result object”. For this May update, .NET Framework 4.5.1 became a prerequisite to set up a gateway.
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It seems a link was forgotten in step 3. "See Get a connection string from an Excel workbook for instructions to copy a Power Query connection string from Excel."
Thanks Koen. The issue has been fixed. We have added a hyperlink to the text.