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BPhetchamphone Regular Visitor
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Publishing from desktop application to group workspace

Is there a way for me to publish a report created in the desktop application to a workspace? Every time I publish, the report goes directly to my personal workspace. 

Is there a way around this? As far as I know, you cannot share a content pack with a group workspace- you have to share it via e-mail. Am I doing something wrong?

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CyrusOC Regular Visitor
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Re: Publishing from desktop application to group workspace

Hope this gets done soon, groups are by far the most disappointing feature that isn't fully baked in PowerBI.  We need to not only be able to publish from the Desktop but move reports between groups.  How this was missed form product development is very puzzling.  Also, SSAS Tabular data connections do not work in groups, so it pretty much makes the whole feature set impossible to use for all of my use cases.

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Power BI Team meysun
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Re: Publishing from desktop application to group workspace

Publishing reports to group space from the designer is in our backlog and is not currently supported in the shipping product. You should use the browser to upload the pbix file to the group space for now. You should be able to publish a content pack from the group space

CyrusOC Regular Visitor
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Re: Publishing from desktop application to group workspace

Hope this gets done soon, groups are by far the most disappointing feature that isn't fully baked in PowerBI.  We need to not only be able to publish from the Desktop but move reports between groups.  How this was missed form product development is very puzzling.  Also, SSAS Tabular data connections do not work in groups, so it pretty much makes the whole feature set impossible to use for all of my use cases.

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BPhetchamphone Regular Visitor
Regular Visitor

Re: Publishing from desktop application to group workspace

Hey @CyrusOC,
    As far as publishing to groups goes, I've been working around this by publishing to my personal workspace on powerbi.com, then creating a content pack to share between various groups- you should have been given a group e-mail when you created your group workspace (e.g. BITeamWorkspace@yourcompany.onmicrosoft.com). When you push an update through from your desktop application, a notification should pop up on your dashboard asking you to update your content pack. 

This still doesn't fix the issue of multiple people from that group not being able to download and publish to a workspace from their desktop application. 

I feel as though there should be a check-in, check-out system like that in Sharepoint/365 for reports in Power BI as well...


Hope this helps. 

CyrusOC Regular Visitor
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Re: Publishing from desktop application to group workspace

I'd rather it work as advertised, I can't promote a work around as a soltuion.

Akahn Member
Member

Re: Publishing from desktop application to group workspace

I agree this is cumbersome. It should be easier to work together and share reports/dashboards. I don't want ANOTHER workaround...

CyrusOC Regular Visitor
Regular Visitor

Re: Publishing from desktop application to group workspace

Something apparently was fixed as I am now able to use the groups feature with SSAS.

paivers Regular Visitor
Regular Visitor

Re: Publishing from desktop application to group workspace

I agree, this is a major limit in the use of Power BI for development team as opposed to lone analysts.   One suggestion we gave to our local rep to pass on, was to add a Workspace drop down to the report Save As dialog.  That way you could publish to the personal workspace, and save as to a group workspace.  It would also solve the issue of supporting a development copy of a workspace prior to publication for team testing.

brianjsvehaug Frequent Visitor
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Re: Publishing from desktop application to group workspace

The work around that works well for me:

 

  1. Save the .pbix file locally
  2. In PowerBI, select "Get Data"
  3. Under Files. Select "Get"
  4.  Select "Local File"
  5. Browse and find your .pbix file

Et voila!

paivers Regular Visitor
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Re: Publishing from desktop application to group workspace

Brian,

  That solves the issue of getting data to your personal workspace, but we needed to move between shared workspaces.  Sounds like Microsoft are working on it.

   - Pete