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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.
warning 2

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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Report Builder: Change Report Server Connection

A question that I have been asked quite often is, “How can I change the Report Server that I am connected to in Report Builder?” I never really thought about it until then. To change the connection click the Disconnect link located at the bottom of the Report Builder Designer:

Once you click it you will be allowed to re-connect using the Connect link:

You will then be presented with the Connect to Report Server dialogue window:

In dropdown list labeled Report server type the URL of the Report Server of choice. Click Connect, and you will be connected to that report server.

Additionally, if you would like to set a default Report Server or SharePoint site that you would click on the SQL Server icon on the top left corner of the Report Builder Application:

Then click the Options button located at the bottom of the menu that appears. You will then be presented with Report Builder Options dialogue window:

Enter the Report Server URL or SharePoint site that you want to set as your default in the textbox labeled Use this report server or SharePoint site by default
and click OK. The next time you open the Report Builder application you will automatically connect to that site.

Talk to you soon,

Patrick LeBlanc

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