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JoeAPH Frequent Visitor
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data source credentials for a folder

A simple, probably stupid, question.


I'm adding a data source, in this case a simple folder.


My question is - what UserName and password do I need to enter?


Is it my windows login, ( or do I need administrator login) or is it my PowerBI login?


None of above seems to work!


Thank you



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Super User
Super User

Re: data source credentials for a folder

Hi there

It should be a domain account that has got access to that folder.

For example:
UserName: MyDomain\UserAccount
Passsword: mypassword

I would recommend creating an account where the password does not expire like a System account and then assign it permissions to that folder.
And you can then use this account in the Gateway for your folder.

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JoeAPH Frequent Visitor
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Re: data source credentials for a folder

Hi Gilbert


Many thanks for your reply.


I think I have adhered to the rules for User Name and Password as advised in your message.


I suspect that it may have something to do with the fact that I do not have admin rights?


But bottom line, you are saying that there is no reason why I can't configure a gateway data source for a file that resides on a standard network drive?.