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Taking Over a Power BI Dataset with a Service Principal

Angela Henry takes it out of the user’s hands:

A little background for those new to using Power BI and Data Gateways. If the data source for your Power BI dataset lives on-prem or behind a private endpoint, you will need a Data Gateway to access the data. If you want to keep your data fresh (either using Direct Query or Import mode), but don’t want to rely on a specific user’s credentials (because we all want to go on vacation at some point), you will need to use a service principal for authentication.

Read on for the step-by-step instructions on how to do this.