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Refresh Power BI DataFlows with Flow

Hi all, good morning! 

 

Does anyone know if it's possible to create a Flow similar to automatic refresh datasets, but this time refreshing DataFlows?

 

I want to refresh a dataflow and cascade to dataset as soon as a SharePoint file is updated. Have you heard something related to this?

 

Thanks in advance and best!

Jimmy

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Re: Refresh Power BI DataFlows with Flow

Hi @jimmy-pa,

 

Update my reply, you can use the http request to update the Power BI dataFlows with Flow, this is the refresh Dataflow API document of PowerBi, I hope it can help you:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/power-bi/dataflows/refreshdataflow

 

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Re: Refresh Power BI DataFlows with Flow

Hi @jimmy-pa,

 

Yes, you can use the Refresh a dataset action in PowerBi connector currently, then create a Recurrence trigger to run the flow:Annotation 2019-10-21 105924.png

You can also refer to this blog updated recently:

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/refresh-your-power-bi-dataset-using-microsoft-flow/

I hope it can help you.

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Re: Refresh Power BI DataFlows with Flow

Hi @jimmy-pa,

 

Update my reply, you can use the http request to update the Power BI dataFlows with Flow, this is the refresh Dataflow API document of PowerBi, I hope it can help you:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/power-bi/dataflows/refreshdataflow

 

If you need any help during create it, please contact with us.

Best Regards,
Community Support Team _ Lin Tu
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Re: Refresh Power BI DataFlows with Flow

Thank you for this link! I'll need to wrap my head around the API, haha.

 

On a related note, it would be great to trigger a dataset refresh when a dataflow (or set of dataflows) finish refreshing.

 

This would give me: SQL > Dataflows > PBIS as one chain of refreshes instead of scheduling dataflows an hour after SQL refreshes start and then dataset refresh to happen an hour after dataflows start.

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Re: Refresh Power BI DataFlows with Flow

do you have more details on how to do this http request?

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Re: Refresh Power BI DataFlows with Flow

@v-litu-msft do you have any step by step guide?

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Auth Key and response

Hello @v-litu-msft 

 

I managed to build a flow with 3 dataflows which refresh, when running with data from the test I can do the refresh without issues, however after about 30 minutes the authentication stops working, is there an easy way to get a lasting auth key or set it as a new variable at the beginning of each flow?

 

Also, the option for a response seems to exist, however I don't seem to be able to pull this answer in flow

{
  "notifyOption": "MailOnCompletion"
}

 

If you have any ideas please let me know!

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Re: Auth Key and response

I was hoping I could trigger the refresh of the dataset upon the receipt of the notification email from the refresh of the dataflow. 
I have therefore included the option "MailOnCompletion", as in the screenshot below and as I could infer from the API documentation. 
The flow runs fine, the dataflow is refreshed, however, I receive no mail. Yet, I am the creator of the datalfow. 
If someone figures out how to make this option work, that would help trigger the secondary flow to refresh the dataset.

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Re: Auth Key and response

Oh, and before someone gets puzzled by the screenshot in my previous post, this action is from a custom connector (see how-to), not the oob one. Yet the question remains the same.

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Re: Auth Key and response

Hi,

did you manage how to run this email notification on Completion?

Regards

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Re: Auth Key and response

No. Still waiting for Microsoft support to provide a solution. I will post their answer here when I get it.

 

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Re: Auth Key and response

Regarding the MailOnCompletion issue, have you had any response on that yet? I have the same issue in that I don't receive an email despite being the dataflow owner.

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Re: Refresh Power BI DataFlows with Flow

 

 

Hi togehter,

 

I finally got it to work this way:

 

 

Flow_Refresh.JPG

 

To get the group id just open your workspace (where the dataflow is located) in a browser. The group id is shown between:

 

https://app.powerbi.com/groups/XXXXXXXXXXX/list/dashboards

 

To get the dataflow id quickly I used this link:

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/de-de/rest/api/power-bi/dataflows/getdataflows

 

Flow_RestAPI.JPG

 

 

The last tricky final thing to do in the flow is under "Show advanced options": You have to select Authentification "Raw" and then copy and paste the authorizitation code from above (yellow) in it (in my case Bearer xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)

 

Flow_AdavancedOptions.JPG

 

The really interesting thing was the mail when completed. I made this prozedure to refresh a dataset and got a mail. But with the dataflow it refreshes but doesn`t send a mail altough it is the correct json like in the Rest-API description.

 

Best wishes

 

Marc

 

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