Power BI On-premises data gateway update brings Azure Cosmos DB Connector and more

Yesterday, Microsoft announced general availability for large model support in Power BI Premium, allowing for up to 40 times more space to be utilized for models. Earlier this week, full report attachments for report subscriptions in premium were revealed as well.

Today, Microsoft has unveiled the December update for Power BI On-premises data gateway. The firm has been releasing monthly builds for the gateway for a long while now, corresponding to the monthly Power BI Desktop releases.

This month's build bumps the service to version 3000.68.8, and includes an updated version of the mashup engine as per usual. However, there are a few more noteworthy changes this time around as well, which is not usually the case with these updates.

For starters, users can now connect to Azure Cosmos DB with a new Connector. This simply requires selecting the data source type as "DocumentDB" under the data source settings as shown in the image on the right. Aside from this, the Power BI team has also notified users that Gateway installs starting February next year will require .NET Framework 4.8. To find out more regarding the pre-installed version of the framework on their OS, users can check out the documentation here.

Finally, there are a couple of deprecation notices that have been published this month. Firstly, support for the use of gx64krb5 while creating SAP BW data sources is being discontinued. Alongside this, support for the use of OpenSSL while creating SAP HANA data sources is being discontinued as well. Although existing connections will continue to work, users won't be able to create new connections with these starting February next year. The use of CommonCryptoLib has been recommended to all users moving forward.

The latest version of the Power BI On-premises data gateway Standard Mode installer can be downloaded through this link, while the Personal Mode installer can be obtained here.

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