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Power BI Publish to Web for Anonymous Access is Here

Earlier this week on Wednesday the Microsoft Power BI made an incredibly exciting announcement and released Power BI “publish to web” as a preview feature. This is HUUUUGE news! This was probably the top requested feature and its finally here thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Microsoft Power BI team!

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Power BI “publish to web” allows you to easily expose a Power BI report to the world through an iframe that can be embedded wherever you like.

To publish your Power BI report to the web, log into your Power BI site.

Find the report that you want to share and click File in the top left.
Power BI publish to web

You’ll see a message pop up box similar to below. Click the yellow button to create the embed code.
Power BI publish to web preview

This is where you’ll see a very important warning!
WARNING: Reports that you expose through the “publish to web” feature will be visible to everyone on the internet! This means NO AUTHENTICATION is required to view the report that is embedded in your application.
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Once you do that, you’ll receive an embed code that you can then use to expose your Power BI report within your blog as seen below!

As you can see the report maintains all the interactivity features of Power BI. And as your Power BI report updates and changes, those changes will be reflected in your embedded Power BI reports!

Pretty awesome!

Additional Resources

Read the Power BI “publish to web” announcement here.

Read the Power BI “publish to web” documentation here.


Let me know what you think of this feature or if you have any questions. Leave a comment down below.

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Visio 2010 Forward Engineer Add-in

  • 7 August 2012
  • Author: DevinKnight
  • Number of views: 11009

Somehow I missed this gem that’s been around for quite a while so I thought I would share it in case anyone else has yet to see it.  The Forward Engineer add-in is a really great open source project that allows Visio database diagrams you create to easily be converted to T-SQL that will create physical objects in a SQL Server database for you.

If you’ve ever used Visio for visualizing existing databases into a diagram then you’ve likely used the standard Reverse Engineer option.  The idea with the Forward Engineer add-in is exactly the opposite.  Meaning it will create database object (script them out) from a Visio design.

This functionality previously existed in Visio 2003, if you had the Enterprise Architect version.  Unfortunately, the feature was stripped out of the product after 2003 andAlberto Ferrari started this project to fill the gap.  He’s stopped development on the project several years ago but you’ll still find the open source project available here

When you download the tool you may have issues installing it like I did, but if you read the discussion page on the codeplex site it should guide you on how to maneuver around the problems.  The project does not appear to be actively getting updated so there are a few things like this to deal with but it’s worth it!

After installing you get a new tab in the Office ribbon in Visio that’s fairly basic.  The first button in the tab, Validate Data Model, will validate the data model before you create your script.  The second button, Forward Engineer, does the real work and will generate a .sql file that will create all the objects in your Visio diagram for your SQL Server database.


One of the things I was really hoping this tool could help me with is adding Extended Properties to each of my columns to make the database self-documenting but unfortunately it does not easily have the capabilities of doing that.  Alberto did write on a solution to show how this is possible but I’ve yet to get it to work for me.

I’ve start using this regularly now and It’s been a lifesaver to not only create documentation of my databases in Visio but then script out database objects.

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