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Last week on May 17th the Power BI team announced the release of the Power BI Report Server preview. Power BI Report Server includes the ability to host Power BI reports, along with traditional SQL Server Reporting Services content, within the boundaries of your organization’s firewall.
I put together the following video that captures me walking through the downloading, installation, and set up of the Power BI Report Server preview. This will allow you to get started with testing the functionality included with Power BI Report Server. Keep in mind that this is only a preview release so some of the functionality and capabilities could change prior to general availability.
There are two ways to purchase Power BI Report Server.
Power BI Report Server includes a superset of the features includes with SQL Server Reporting Services. This means that Power BI Report Server can do everything SQL Server Reporting Services can do. The difference between Power BI Report Server and SQL Server Reporting Services is that Power BI Report Server can host Power BI Report and render those reports within the browser, as seen below.
Initially, the Power BI Report Server preview will only support live query connections to SQL Server Analysis Services Tabular Models and Multidimensional cubes. The Power BI team has stated, however, that the number of supported data sources will continue to grow after the initial release.
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