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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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SSIS Tips: Watch Your Variables!

  • 14 December 2011
  • Author: ShawnHarrison
  • Number of views: 45016

In today?s post, I will give you some tips on monitoring the values of your variables when working with SSIS packages in BIDS. We can look at two different situations.


First, I will show how to view variable values when using loop containers. Once you have a loop container configured, right click on it and select ?Edit Breakpoints?. This will open the breakpoints menu.



Select the the last option. This will stop the package at the beginning of each loop. Now, execute the package. The package will prepare to execute, but it will stop, waiting for you to click the continue button.



In the tool bar, click Debug > Windows > Watch > Watch 1. This will open a watch window at the bottom of the screen.




Type the name of the variable you want to watch. It must be typed exactly the way it was typed when you created it. You will see the starting value of the variable.



Each time you click continue, you will see the value of the variable at the beginning of each loop.



The next scenario uses a fun little troubleshooting technique. Let?s say you have a SQL task that sets the value of a variable and you want to see what the value is at a certain point in the package. Put a script task in the package at the point where you want to see the value.



Open the script and set the language to VB. Select the variable in question as a ?ReadWriteVariable?.




Click the ?Edit Script? button and insert the following code.


All I am doing here is taking the value of the variable and putting it into a message box. Execute the package and you will see a message box with the value at that point in time.



Both of these techniques will only work when executing packages in BIDS. For more information on watching variables in packages that have been deployed and scheduled, check out BI xPress.

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