Configuring Power BI Gateway Data Sources For Files And Folders

Configuring Power BI Gateway Data Sources For Files And Folders
by Chris Webb

… “building a lot of Power BI reports from csv and Excel files, and to make sure that scheduled refresh works I have been setting up data sources in an On Premises Data Gateway (what used to be called the Enterprise Gateway). I had assumed that if I was connecting to file-based data sources in my Power BI dataset then, in the gateway, I would need to set up one data source for each file that I’m connecting to – which is a bit of a pain. In fact it turns out that you can set up a gateway data source for the folder that the files are in instead” … https://blog.crossjoin.co.uk/2017/07/14/configuring-power-bi-gateway-data-sources-for-files-and-folders/

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Recently I’ve been building a lot of Power BI reports from csv and Excel files, and to make sure that scheduled refresh works I have been setting up data sources in an On Premises Data Gateway (what used to be called the Enterprise Gateway). I had assumed that if I was connecting to file-based data sources in my Power BI dataset then, in the gateway, I would need to set up one data source for each file that I’m connecting to – which is a bit of a pain. In fact it turns out that you can set up a gateway data source for the folder that the files are in instead.

Let me give you an example. Imagine that you have three Excel files in a folder called C:Sales Data:

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Now imagine that you have three queries in Power BI that get data from these three files:

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Here’s an…

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