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Unable to create table because target is power BI desktop or pbit which does not yet support modification of this type #89

Churchill59 opened this issue Jan 29, 2021 · 2 comments


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Churchill59 commented Jan 29, 2021


I do not see any restriction or configuration in the How To. Is it impossible to update a Power BI desktop model?

I get the following error:

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christianwade commented Jan 29, 2021

Hi, there is work that needs to be done ("Desktop hardening") for Power BI Desktop to safely allow external model changes beyond what is documented here:
This of course only applies if the dataset is the Desktop hosted one.

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gmuenster commented Jul 12, 2022

@BAAAASS : Please read the article thoroughly. The article explicitly says this:

Data modeling limitations
All Tabular Object Model (TOM) metadata can be accessed for read-only. Write operations are limited because Power BI Desktop must remain in-sync with the external modifications, therefore the following operations are not supported:
Any TOM object types not covered in Supported write operations, such as tables and columns.

So, until Power BI Desktop hardening activities are completed, no external tool can perform write operations to tables and columns in a Power BI Desktop file.

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