Steps taken during a #PowerPivot data refresh

In this posting we will take a more detailed technical look at how the data refresh facility works and the steps that it takes to accomplish a data refresh cycle. Rather than starting with the “Manage data refresh” page, we will assume that you know how to setup a schedule – in this posting, we will take a deep dive into the cycle itself.

What steps are taken when the data is refreshed?

Now that you have configured your schedule(s) for the workbook, let’s take a step back and examine more closely what data refresh actually means. I think that it is valuable to understand, at some basic level, exactly what the system is going to do on your behalf at 2am in the morning. When a job actually run, the data refresh facility goes through the following steps:

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