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«February 2016»

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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SSIS: Using the Script Component to Obtain an Error Description

  • 27 December 2011
  • Author: Jennifer Salvo
  • Number of views: 9800

In the SSIS data flow, many data flow components provide an ErrorOutput that allows you to route rows that generate errors or truncation to another component in the data flow.  The ErrorOutput path contains the following metadata: ErrorCode, ErrorColumn and Flat File Source Error Output Column.


  • Flat File Source Error Output Column – The data row that generated the error.
  • ErrorCode – Code associated with the error that occurred.
  • ErrorColumn – Numeric ID of the column that caused the error.

Obtaining the ErrorDescription requires a bit more work, but can be easily accomplished using the data flow Script Component.

The first step is to add a  ‘Script Component’ to your data flow and connect the Error Output as an input to the script component as shown below.


Double click on the script component to edit.

Under the ‘Input Columns’ tab, check the ErrorCode column (you may also include additional columns if you wish to use them in subsequent data flow components).  This column is required to obtain the Error Description.  The ‘Usage Type’ should be set to ReadOnly.


Next, select the ‘Inputs and Outputs’ tab.  Expand ‘Output 0’ and select ‘Output Columns’. Click the ‘Add Column’ button.  In the ‘Name’ field, enter a descriptive name such as ErrorDescription.  Set the DataType field to string [DT_STR] and the length to 255.


Click on the ‘Script’ tab and then click the ‘Edit Script’ button.


Modify the Input0_ProcessInputRow function (this example uses C#)

public override void Input0_ProcessInputRow(Input0Buffer Row)
      Row.ErrorDescription = this.ComponentMetaData.GetErrorDescription(Row.ErrorCode);

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