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Data for dashboards - push or pull

I am reading that it is possible to push data on-prem data into Power BI reports or dashboards, also it is possible to get the same data by pulling it via a gateway using application's Web APIs. So, which way is more prefferable in terms of overcoming security challange such generating anf refreshing tokens?



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Hello @Markzolotoy 


Power BI Gateway would be a better solution in terms of security if you want to push your on-premise Data to Power BI dashboard.





Some useful links:



Not sure you understand what I am asking. It won't work either way without a gateway. 

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Hi @Markzolotoy ,


Check the references below:




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@v-kelly-msft While these articles are helpful they do not answer my question, at least I dont see how. And my question is to regards of a token authentication that requires for using application APIs. Not the Azure/PowerBI APIs but the APIs that are currently used in on-prem application. I am trying to understand what the pros and cons of implementing pull or push are in regards of Web API token authentication and a token refresh.

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