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fred31330
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Can I share a "linked dataflow" hosted in another workspace?

I have created a dataflow in workspace 1, and linked some of its entities into another dataflow in workspace 2.

 

My intent is to share access to these linked entities from workspace 2 so that my end-users can build reports. I gave them Contributor access to this workspace 2 and while they can see the name of the dataflow from their PBI desktop environment, they cannot see any entity below it.

 

I tried giving them Member and Admin access, to no success.

 

I also crafted a PBI template file embedding those linked entities hosted in workspace 2, and shared it with my end-users. However they are not able to refresh anything either.

 

So is it possible to share dataflows that have been linked from another workspace with end-users?

Thanks for your help!

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OK, I found out a very simple workaround that would avoid sharing access to the source dataflow: it is enough to create a reference of all linked entities in the shared workspace, and use those references down the line to build new reports from this shared workspace.

 

It works like a charm on my side, and my end-users can now leverage what I shared with them without needing to access the parent workspace!

 

I hope this will help others.

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Icey
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Hi @fred31330 ,

You need to give access of source dataflow to end users.

 

Best Regards,

Icey

 

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Hi @Icey 

 

Thanks for your feedback on this. But how can I grant someone access to the source dataflow without providing access to the underlying workspace? I have created another workspace to purposefully segregate those access rights.

 

So here, I understand that the only option I have is to give Member or Contributor access to the workspace where the source dataflow resides, right? Which is a problem for me, since I intend to resrtict access to reports, dashboards and other stuff stored in this "parent" workspace...

OK, I found out a very simple workaround that would avoid sharing access to the source dataflow: it is enough to create a reference of all linked entities in the shared workspace, and use those references down the line to build new reports from this shared workspace.

 

It works like a charm on my side, and my end-users can now leverage what I shared with them without needing to access the parent workspace!

 

I hope this will help others.

@fred31330  appreciate some time has passed but could you please elaborate a liitle on what you mean by creating a referance.

 

I am trying to get the same setup but obviously not going about it the right way.

 

Thanks

@Timaru_Golf,

 

To reuse my previous example:

Say you have 1 dataflow in parent workspace 1, which contains 4 entities, and you only want to share 2 entities with another user that does not have access to this workspace 1. To this end: create another workspace 2, create a dataflow, link the 2 entities from the parent workspace you want to share, eventually perform additional transformations on top of them, and save. Now, share access to this workspace 2 with this other user by giving him/her Contributor access rights. And you're all set!

 

Benefits:

  • Access to the parent workspace is still restricted to a predefined set of users
  • Refreshing the parent dataflow will automatically propagate updates to all linked entities, whether they are located in the same (#1) or different workspace (#2).

Hope I clarified!

venal
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@fred31330 

Hoping that it is not possible.

 

Please refer the link and vote for this, they will consider for development in the future.

Thanks @venal for your feedback. On my side, however, I don't seem to have issues refreshing a linked dataflow. And I can also load a PBI report that uses it. I simply do not seem to be able to share it though.

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