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25 May 2021

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25 May 2021


Resolved: Import Vs Direct Query Lecture

Hi, I am unable to link data using the steps shown in the video, I am getting the following error.
"Microsoft SQL: A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 - Could not open a connection to SQL Server)"

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Posted on:

25 May 2021


Hi Mohammad,

Thank you for the question, the reason why you are getting this error is because you most probably don't have a MS SQL Server running on your local machine. The video that shows Import Mode vs Direct Query is only for reference purposes to show you how Power BI would work with a real database. The localhost will not be used elsewhere in this course.

I hope this helps.

Kind Regards,
Dimitar Shutev

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