Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Connecting Dynamics 365 On-Premise to Power BI

If you're looking to setup the integration between Dynamics 365 On-Premise (using IFD) and Power BI, you may stumble upon this lovely TechNet:

All seems great, right? Well, that would be the case if all the steps were accurate...

To start, the PowerShell commands in step 1 to enable OAuth on the Dynamics 365 Server just do not work. The first three will work fine but upon execution of the 4th to actually set the change, it will throw an error. Instead, use this syntax to accomplish the same thing:

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.Crm.PowerShell
$ClaimsSettings = Get-CrmSetting -SettingType OAuthClaimsSettings
$ClaimsSettings.Enabled = $true
Set-CrmSetting -Setting $ClaimsSettings

Afterwards, run Get-CrmSetting -SettingType OAuthClaimsSettings and you should see enabled set to "True" as shown below.

Moving onward to step 3 in the process where we register the Power BI Desktop OAuth 2.0 client with ADFS. You will notice in the instructions that it states "open a Windows PowerShell window and run the following PowerShell command on the PC where you are running Power BI Desktop". This is simply wrong. The "Add-AdfsClient" command is for... ADFS. Shocking, I know. So ignore the statement about the PC running Power BI and run the command provided on your ADFS server instead. Luckily, this one is correct and works. If you run Get-AdfsClient afterwards, you will see the addition of Power BI.

One last helpful tip - When copying commands from websites (even here), I always recommend pasting into Notepad before bringing them where they need to be executed (e.g. SSMS, PowerShell, etc...). This will get rid of any problematic formatting.

That's really it from a server perspective. Best of luck!


  1. I kept running into errors following the original guide. Spent a fair bit of time searching and reading up on error codes, fairly frustrating! Finally went back to the start and stumbled across your site... Thank you!!! Everything worked perfectly, great post.

    1. I'm glad to hear this was able to help you out! Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Hi,

    I tried to use commands given by you on crm server machine. But getting error in line 2 $ClaimsSettings = Get-CrmSetting -SettingType OAuthClaimsSettings
    error:the caller was not authenticated by the service.

    Not able to attach the screenshot here. If you need more info. regarding my error please share the appropriate email id where i can share screenshot of error.

    Appreciate your help in advance.


    1. It sounds like you may have a connectivity or permissions issue to CRM/D365. I would start with checking permissions - Is the account you are trying to run the commands as a local admin on both the CRM/D365 and ADFS servers as well as a system admin within the CRM/D365 application?

    2. We tried with both admin(local & system) still the error is same. Please suggest.


  3. Hi Gage, great write-up. We discovered this the hard way. We got this working with our DEV CRM, but on our QA & PROD CRM (different CRM server, same ADFS), we get an error:

    "The WWW-Authenticate header doesn't contain a valid authorization URI. Header value: 'Negotiate,NTLM'.

    We tried using "Grant-AdfsApplicationPermission" to grant Power BI permissions to the other trusts, but apparently that only works on Windows 2016. Have you come across how to do this on Windows 2012 R2?

    1. Hi there. Thanks for the feedback. Sorry but no, I have not seen that behavior at all.

    2. Hi,
      We are facing same issue.Is there any work around to resolve this issue in Windows Server 2012 R2?

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