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Deliver real-time data from an import model

Have you wondered how you can deliver real-time data from an import model in power BI?

This is possible when you are on a Power BI premium capacity.

How to do this:

1. Publish your dataset to Power BI service (designated premium workspace)

2. Set up an import table with incremental refresh.

3. Enable the Get the latest data in real-time with DirectQuery option.

As illustrated on the image below:

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By enabling option (3), import table becomes a hybrid table with two partitions namely:

  • Import partition to store older data.

  • A single DirectQuery partition for current data.

Hence when Power BI queries a hybrid tay uses the cache for older data, and passes through data source to retrieve current data.


- This is only available with a Premium license.

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