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Referencing a column value as file path to get Excel data file in Power Query



I can give a network file path using Poawer BI parameters and use the parameter to get the Excel data file.

Source = Excel.Workbook(File.Contents(Parameter1), null, true)

I can save this report to the PBI Report Server (in-house).


Then I changed the path to be the value from a table column and in PBI Desktop it works fine.

Source = Excel.Workbook(File.Contents(QueryName{0}[ColumnName]), null, true)


But when I try to save (publish) this to the PBI Report Server (October 2020 version) I get an error message "An error occured when trying to save to Report Server..."


Can anyone help me with how the give the data file path stored in a table?


Thanks in advance.


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Hi @anandav 

You may try the following steps:


1. Right click on the column which stores the data file path and select Add as New Query. This will generate the column into a new list. I call this list FilePath.

2. Create a parameter Parameter1, set Type > Text, Suggested Values > Query, Query > FilePath.

3. Modify the Source by using the parameter: Source = Excel.Workbook(File.Contents(Parameter1), null, true)


Kindly let me know if this helps.
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