Reminder: VPN required on campus for Finance Data Model use with PBI Desktop

October 13, 2021

Individuals using Power BI Desktop are reminded that a virtual private network (VPN) connection is required when connecting to the (SSAS) Finance Data Model whether you are on-campus or off-campus. Please ensure that your VPN connection is recent before opening Power BI Desktop. Other applications may also require VPN connections.

If you are on or off-campus, and you are either not connected to VPN or your connection is stale (you have not renewed your connection today), you will get an error message when connecting to the downloaded report. Screenshots of this error are included in the Finance Data Mart Training Guide

If you receive this message, either connect to VPN or disconnect and then re-connect to refresh your connection.  A guide for connecting to VPN is available on the ITS website.

VPN is not required to use reports online through the Power BI Report Server.

For questions, contact the Finance Support Center at or 203-432-5394.