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Microsoft MiguelMartinez
Microsoft

Share your thoughts on Automatic Page Refresh aka APR (Preview feature)

It's been almost 2 months since the release of Automatic Page Refresh (APR) and as we work really hard to improve this new real-time capability in Power BI, we would love to hear your feedback and opinions to help us decide what comes next and how to improve this functionality in general.

 

 

Reply to this post letting us know what you think so we can continue to work on improving real-time capabilities in Power BI.

 

More APR info:

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Community Support Team
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Re: Share your thoughts on Automatic Page Refresh aka APR (Preview feature)

Hi

Thanks for your affort.

 

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Maggie
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davebi Frequent Visitor
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Re: Share your thoughts on Automatic Page Refresh aka APR (Preview feature)

We have been asking for something like this for a few years, so glad that it is finally available to us.  But - the happiness had a short duration.  We went with Power BI over competitors due to the flexibility and ease of setting up displays for our business that would allow a separation between IT and the super users at the facilities = IT provides the database access and views and the super users develop and maintain their visual displays themselves.  This worked great when we updated the Power BI desktop, enabled the APR feature, updated the displays.  We have an on prem gateway so published our changes there - only to find that the refresh was not happening on our display boards.  We have mostly basic users and a few pro licenses for those who maintain the displays.

 

I assume that the issue is due to not having a premium capacity - so even though we want to refesh the displays once a minute or so (like an airport status display), they only refresh every 15 minutes once published.  Would be useful if the non-premium on prem gateway could refresh more often than 15 minutes - a minute would be best for us - don't have to go down to the second.  Our directquery access to the database is a second or so due to a small set size, so the 15 minute limit isn't avoiding any capacity/workload issues. 

 

The price increase to premium makes Power BI a more expensive product than many competitors that provide near real time refreshes.

HVenter Frequent Visitor
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Re: Share your thoughts on Automatic Page Refresh aka APR (Preview feature)

This is the final piece of functionality we need to fully move away from our other reporting technology. Great! Got it working in PBI Desktop, now if I can now just get it to work in the Service??

powerbi.com, on the page properties I have a message under data refresh "Disabled by your admin. Admin Interval 5 Minutes"

I can't find where in the Power BI Service to turn this feature on and change interval? I've checked all over the report settings, the workspace settings etc. I'm a PBI admin (we have a A1 capacity SKU - currently only used for DEV) - there is no option in the Admin portal? I've also looked in the Azure Portal but can't find any setting relating to data refresh there either?

Under PBI Admin Portal -> Capacity Settings -> we have nothing under "Power BI Premium" tab, our capacity is under the "Power BI Embedded" tab but there is no data refresh options (documention mention this functionality IS also for embedded)

Confused? Any suggestions please?

michaeldaynes Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor

Re: Share your thoughts on Automatic Page Refresh aka APR (Preview feature)

In theory this is a great new feature but its use is limited as the Power BI service limits the number of refreshes and it is only available in Direct Query mode.  I would like the feature to be enabled for Import mode even if the requency is every half an hour.  The Imported dataset can be updated via a schedule but the report is not automatically refreshed which appears to be a flaw.

ranbeermakin Regular Visitor
Regular Visitor

Re: Share your thoughts on Automatic Page Refresh aka APR (Preview feature)

Fair feedback to the product team @davebi . There is an alternative to this where you can use a Google Chrome Plugin to refresh your Power BI reports every 1 min. Why don't you give it a try?

 

Here's how to setup: https://bigintsolutions.com/2019/03/29/refresh-power-bi-report-every-min-and-show-on-a-tv/

 

Best,

Ranbeer

ToddChitt Member
Member

Re: Share your thoughts on Automatic Page Refresh aka APR (Preview feature)

One thing that really frustrates me about Power BI features and their release articles is that the authors seldom include the caveat of "for Premium only" when it so applies. 

Would it have been that difficult to name the the subtitle in the blog article to "Automatic page refresh for DirectQuery details (preview, Premium only)"?

 

One has to read the article so see the words, "... enabled in your premium capacity by the admin ...". And that is the ONLY mention of "premium" in that section. 

 

Don't get me wrong, it sounds like a great feature. I just wish I knew up front that it didn't apply to me before I start digging into its capabilities (like I did with Paginated Reports 😞 ).

HVenter Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor

Re: Share your thoughts on Automatic Page Refresh aka APR (Preview feature)

@ToddChitt I agree with you. Shared the same dissappointment about paginated reports as well (after I read about it and told my manager). Our client base doesn't justify the entry-level premium capacity price, so we've got the embedded capacity (again, differences in functionality from premium and it doesn't support paginated reports)

michaeldaynes Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor

Re: Share your thoughts on Automatic Page Refresh aka APR (Preview feature)

My understanding is that it will work without Premium but obviously the number of refreshes are higher.

Microsoft MiguelMartinez
Microsoft

Re: Share your thoughts on Automatic Page Refresh aka APR (Preview feature)

Sorry for delayed response davebi. You're not alone in this feedback. We are trying really hard to find ways to make this time for Power BI Pro shorter. Surprisingly, the Premium restriction is not related to pricing but to resources and there's a lot that we need to do with this feature before we can even think about reducing the limitation on time. Thanks for the candid feedback and if you can, it would be great to have this request logged at https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas

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