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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!

Read Getting Started with R Visuals in Power BI

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!

https://msit.powerbi.com/view?r=eyJrIjoiYTNjNzcwNjctNTczMy00ZDMxLWFlMGUtMDViODA1NGZiNmI0IiwidCI6IjcyZjk4OGJmLTg2ZjEtNDFhZi05MWFiLTJkN2NkMDExZGI0NyIsImMiOjV9

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.

Feedback

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


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SSRS: Shared DataSet, Not So Shared!!!

I was really excited about the concept of Shared DataSets when they were introduced.  My excitement diminished a little when I ran into a small issue.  When you create an embedded data set based on a SSAS Cube that includes a parameter, a hidden dataset is automatically created that provides the parameter values.

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Thus creating a drop down list of available choices on the report.

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However, if the data set was created from a Shared Dataset the Hidden Dataset is not created when you add the shared dataset to the report.  Therefore, the parameter is created, but the drop down list created on the report is empty since a dataset does not exist.

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So, if you do not want to write MDX to populate your parameters then you cannot use Share Datasets based on cubes.  If you find a workaround for this please email me at pleblanc@pragmaticworks.com.

Talk to you soon,

Patrick LeBlanc, MVP, founder SQL Lunch

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