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How to connect two data sources with direct query

I am creating a dashboard to monitor SQL Agent jobs on Power BI Dashboard for different servers in my network. I have connected one data source with the direct query and when I am trying to connect the second data source with the direct query it popping up a caution to change into import mode. my question was How to connect the two more databases with the direct query?

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Solution Specialist

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Hi @akhil5656 
Try the following:

1. Create SQL Views for your queries in a single database, reference your tables with full qualified names (including database name).

2. In Power Query when you select from database source, select your database where you have created your SQL Views.

3. Use the tables listing mode (instead of advanced) and select your views that you have created in step 1.


Helper I
Helper I

It seems there is solution for the same.


Mention the same "Database" name in both the SQL Server DB popup and


In advanced query(where we are refering to another DB ) refer the table in the query with DB name 


eg select * from Databasename.dbo.tablename


This worked for me while direct query was intact !!

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Solution Specialist

Is there any other way to connect two or more database live in Power BI Desktop?



I think an alternative to solve your question, but you need Power BI Services. You can create differents reports per each data source by direct query in power BI desktop, then publish them in power bi service. Finally create a dashboard that shows a mix of report parts.

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