What Happens When A Power BI Dataflow Fails To Refresh

Do you know what happens when you refresh a Dataflow in Power BI Service?

First of all, there are two types of Dataflow refreshes; Full and Incremental:

Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/transform-model/dataflows/dataflows-understand-optimize-refresh?msclkid=f1fb2ac3b79411ecad4e2a0ba4b33178

In this tutorial I focus on Full Dataflow refresh. I think most report creators are going to start from there. Additionally, Incremental Refresh is a Premium only feature.

In case of a Full refresh, old data goes out and new data comes in – and the location is an Azure Data Lake Storage, managed by Microsoft.

What sort of a safeguards are available for Dataflow refresh?

When a Dataflow fails to refresh, the underlying data in the Data Lake won’t get updated – smart move, right?

It helps a lot to prevent any issues in the datasets and reports that are connected to the Dataflow.

If you want to learn more and see all of this in action, check out the video guide about the topic 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

Roland

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