HashBytes Conversion

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I have run into a problem with PowerBI which does not support binary data. We are currenly using the Data Vault model where the Keys are stored as binary(64) generated from HasBytes('SHA2_512', ...). PowerBi will not recognize this and allow the joining of table realtionships. Can this 64 bye binary data be converted reliably to a data type such as bigint such as


Select Cast(Binary64Value as BigInt)


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BigInt has a storage size of 8 byte; 64 byte binary never fits in. You can try it with varchar instead. Keep in mind, a hash is no guarantee for unique values; it's just a hash.


select convert(varchar(64), HashBytes('SHA2_512', 'Test Test Test'))