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Best practice when accessing production DB

Hello Community!


I have recently faced a challange and I'm hoping someone in this amazing community has a work around for it.

My organization just adopted a new security rule where you can't access production data from PowerBI desktop. You'll have to access the database using a jump server and do everything there then upload your report to powerbi report server. Obviously this is very complicated.


Is this common practice? This is the first time I'm facing such problem and I can't get my head around it.



- the account I use has a read-only authorization

- the database is hosted on prem. not cloud.

- we use PowerBI report server desktop application for modeling and design then upload it to the server.


is there any work around that I can propose to the security team?


Any ideas are very much appreciated!

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Community Support

Hi, @Alanoudfahad 


For secure access to databases or reports, it is recommended that PBIX files be prohibited from downloading in tenant settings.



You can also manage the permissions of workspace members and dataset permissions. Please refer to the following documents for help.

Roles in the new workspaces in Power BI - Power BI | Microsoft Docs

Give users access to the new workspaces - Power BI | Microsoft Docs

Manage dataset access permissions - Power BI | Microsoft Docs


Best Regards,

Community Support Team _Charlotte

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