Power BI Desktop Client April 2018 release breaking changes

There were several breaking changes introduced by the April 2018 Power BI Desktop Client with respect to custom connectors. This article clarifies those changes and recommends steps to resolve the issues.

These changes are only required for the Desktop Client. Customers who deployed CloudScope using AppSource are not affected and do not need to take any additional steps.

Custom Connector Location

In the April version of the Desktop Client, the default location to store custom connectors has changed. The new location is [My Documents]\Power BI Desktop\Custom Connectors.

Previously, the folder location was [My Documents]\Microsoft Power BI Desktop\Custom Connectors.

If you've previously installed the CloudScope for Twitter custom connector, rename the directory so that it matches the new expected name.

Custom Connector Internals

In the April version of the Desktop Client, they changed the expected internal format of the custom connector .mez file. A previously downloaded CloudScope for Twitter custom connector will not operate, even if it exists in the correct location.

To resolve this issue, download a new CloudScope for Twitter custom connector and copy it to the \Power BI Desktop\Custom Connectors directory.

Restart Power BI Desktop

If you've had to make either of the above changes, restart the Power BI Desktop Client if it was running. Changes only take effect on restart.

Blog updated

The previous blog post "Adding CloudScope for Twitter data to Power BI Desktop" has been updated to reflect the new requirements.

Need help?

If you have any questions about the April 2018 Desktop changes, please contact support. We'll be happy to walk you through the changes required.

06 Apr 2018

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