Create custom reports using Power BI

Applies to:

Note

If you are a US Government customer, please use the URIs listed in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint for US Government customers.

Tip

For better performance, you can use server closer to your geo location:

  • api-us.securitycenter.microsoft.com
  • api-eu.securitycenter.microsoft.com
  • api-uk.securitycenter.microsoft.com

In this section you will learn to create a Power BI report on top of Defender for Endpoint APIs.

The first example demonstrates how to connect Power BI to Advanced Hunting API and the second example demonstrates a connection to our OData APIs, such as Machine Actions or Alerts.

Connect Power BI to Advanced Hunting API

  • Open Microsoft Power BI.

  • Click Get Data > Blank Query.

    The Blank Query option under the Get Data menu item

  • Click Advanced Editor.

    The Advanced Editor menu item

  • Copy the below and paste it in the editor:

    let
        AdvancedHuntingQuery = "DeviceEvents | where ActionType contains 'Anti' | limit 20",

        HuntingUrl = "https://api.securitycenter.microsoft.com/api/advancedqueries",

        Response = Json.Document(Web.Contents(HuntingUrl, [Query=[key=AdvancedHuntingQuery]])),

        TypeMap = #table(
            { "Type", "PowerBiType" },
            {
                { "Double",   Double.Type },
                { "Int64",    Int64.Type },
                { "Int32",    Int32.Type },
                { "Int16",    Int16.Type },
                { "UInt64",   Number.Type },
                { "UInt32",   Number.Type },
                { "UInt16",   Number.Type },
                { "Byte",     Byte.Type },
                { "Single",   Single.Type },
                { "Decimal",  Decimal.Type },
                { "TimeSpan", Duration.Type },
                { "DateTime", DateTimeZone.Type },
                { "String",   Text.Type },
                { "Boolean",  Logical.Type },
                { "SByte",    Logical.Type },
                { "Guid",     Text.Type }
            }),

        Schema = Table.FromRecords(Response[Schema]),
        TypedSchema = Table.Join(Table.SelectColumns(Schema, {"Name", "Type"}), {"Type"}, TypeMap , {"Type"}),
        Results = Response[Results],
        Rows = Table.FromRecords(Results, Schema[Name]),
        Table = Table.TransformColumnTypes(Rows, Table.ToList(TypedSchema, (c) => {c{0}, c{2}}))

    in Table
  • Click Done.

  • Click Edit Credentials.

    The Edit Credentials menu item

  • Select Organizational account > Sign in.

    The Sign in option in the Organizational account menu item

  • Enter your credentials and wait to be signed in.

  • Click Connect.

    The sign-in confirmation message in the Organizational account menu item

  • Now the results of your query will appear as a table and you can start to build visualizations on top of it!

  • You can duplicate this table, rename it and edit the Advanced Hunting query inside to get any data you would like.

Connect Power BI to OData APIs

  • The only difference from the above example is the query inside the editor.

  • Copy the below and paste it in the editor to pull all Machine Actions from your organization:

    let

        Query = "MachineActions",

        Source = OData.Feed("https://api.securitycenter.microsoft.com/api/" & Query, null, [Implementation="2.0", MoreColumns=true])
    in
        Source
  • You can do the same for Alerts and Machines.
  • You also can use OData queries for queries filters, see Using OData Queries.

Power BI dashboard samples in GitHub

For more information see the Power BI report templates.

Sample reports

View the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Power BI report samples. For more information, see Browse code samples.