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How would I set up direct query for an Application Insights resource?

Hello everyone,


I'm creating some dashboards and reports using data from Application Insights. This resource gets huge amounts of data flowing through every day, and I'm finding that despite a lot of filtering and aggregation, I have to import a lot of data on each refresh. On top of that, we're finding that we want our data to be more timely than is possible with the import constraints. Is there a way to set up Direct Query with this Application Insights resource? Since it uses Kusto under the hood and a Kusto cluster is an option for Direct Query, I figure there ought to be some way to do it, but I'm not quite sure how best to approach it.


If you think there's another way to get around these constraints that would better suit this particular situation instead, I'm also open to suggestions to that end.





Helper IV
Helper IV

Hi @Rylan , @v-xuding-msft  Do you got any solution on this? Direct query on the app insight data in power BI

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Community Support

Hi @Rylan ,

It is not supported to connect Application Insights with Direct Query mode. To make Power BI better, you can submit your request at Power BI Ideas and vote it up.


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Xue Ding
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Hi @v-xuding-msft,


Thanks for your reply. I'm trying to understand how I might best approach handling rapid updates and large volume for data coming from Application Insights if Direct Query isn't supported. As an alternative to Direct Query, do you think there's a way I might set up progressive updates in the Power BI dataset? I'm not sure I can have Application Insights send POST requests to my Power BI dataset, but maybe I can have Power BI just add new items when it queries Application Insights rather than replacing the whole dataset. How might I do something like that?

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