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kraub01 Frequent Visitor
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Custom data connectors available in Windows 7 but not in Windows 10

We have a custom data connector that works just fine on Windows 7 machines, but on upgraded or new machines with Windows 10 (same version of PBI, same settings) the connector does not show up in the Get Data menu.  The conenctor is in the same directory .../Power BI Desktop/Custom Connectors/ but it seemes to not be found by Windows 10.  Are there different rules or a different directory for custom data connectors in Windows 10?

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Re: Custom data connectors available in Windows 7 but not in Windows 10

@kraub01,

In Windows 10, navigate to This PC ->Documents, then check if your .mez file is located in \Power BI Desktop\Custom Connectors folder.

Also please check if you enable the Custom data connectors preview feature in Power BI Desktop (under File | Options and settings | Custom data connectors), you would need to re-open Power BI Desktop after turning on the feature.
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kraub01 Frequent Visitor
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Re: Custom data connectors available in Windows 7 but not in Windows 10

Hello,

 

Yes, we've done all of this on the Windows 7 installation, and everything works as expected.  We've done the exact same process, settings, setup, versions, etc on the Windows 10 machine, and PBI does not see the connector anywhere in the Get Data menu/submenus.  The *.mez is aboslutely in the directory, PBI simply isn't showing it for selection from within the program.  What should we be looking into in order to remedy this?

kraub01 Frequent Visitor
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Re: Custom data connectors available in Windows 7 but not in Windows 10

We still have not found a solution to this, with users getting further waylayed by this error.  By breaking down several different user expereinces, we are starting to think that it might have something to do with security and program/application rights within our network.  From a Power BI program perspective, would there be anything system setting that would specifically prevent the Custom Connectors folder from being seen by Power BI.  We can access the folder directly in the File Explorer, but Power BI doesn't seen any of it's contents, not even other third-party .mez connectors that we drop in that folder.

 

Could this be a security/admin rights issue?  If so, in Windows 10, what is a short list of things we should check to see if this is the case?

ElizabethTachji Regular Visitor
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Re: Custom data connectors available in Windows 7 but not in Windows 10

Hi Lidia,

 

I cannot see the custom connector option under preview features.  Has it been removed from the October 2018 version.

 

Cheers

Elizabeth

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pratnala New Member
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Re: Custom data connectors available in Windows 7 but not in Windows 10

Has anyone figured this out?

mike_honey
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Re: Custom data connectors available in Windows 7 but not in Windows 10

I struck the same issue - could not get it working. On a hunch I renamed my mez file - now it works fine.

 

It was named like this:

 

aaa.PowerBIDataConnector.mez

 

Now it works fine when that file is renamed like this:

 

aaa.mez

 

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Kaviprakash Frequent Visitor
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Re: Custom data connectors available in Windows 7 but not in Windows 10

I am on Windows 10 and I stuck up on the same issue.

 

I tried renaming the extension and restarted Power BI Desktop, however still I am not able to see the option for custom data connector's. Can you please help me to overcome this issue ?

 

Old Name: TeamDesk.PowerBIDataConnector.mez

Renamed to : TeamDesk.mez

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