Monday, 4 August 2014

Can’t refresh the TfsOlapReport connection? Have a look at the Trusted Data Providers…

You open the SharePoint Dashboard and you suddenly see this error:


An error occurred during an attempt to establish a connection to the external data source. The following connections failed to refresh. TfsOlapReport

Fair enough, something happened to the Excel Services. Does it? Actually not – and if you try opening that specific report you will see your local Excel refreshing the data and working as usual.

What happened?

That specific error is a generic refresh error in our case. I tried back and forth on all the usual suspects – SSAS permissions, SSS token in the file, SharePoint settings, even firewall ports – but nothing changed.

Suddenly I noticed some reports were working (the Burndown one for example) while this (Active Bugs by Priority) didn’t. So what?

Looking at the Connection String I saw the Burndown report had MSOLAP.3 as a provider, while the broken report was using MSOLAP.5

A quick double check on the SharePoint server (Manage Excel Services Application –> Trusted Data Providers) brought to the solution: MSOLAP.5 was not listed as a Trusted Data Provider.

Once I added MSOLAP.5 to the list everything worked as expected again and the reports were correctly showing.


  1. Hi
    I have added MSOLAP.5 to the list, still the error shows on the Page. Any service to restart?