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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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Non Empty vs NonEmpty

Hey everyone, in this blog I want to address a very common MDX Question. What is the difference between the NON EMPTY keyword and NONEMPTY function? To take it a step further which one should you use?

Non Empty keyword VS NONEMPTY Function.

The big difference between the NON EMPTY keyword and the NONEMPTY function is when the evaluation occurs in the MDX. The NON EMPTY keyword is the last thing that is evaluated, in other words after all axes have been evaluated then the NON EMPTY keyword is executed to remove any empty space from the final result set. The NONEMPTY function is evaluated when the specific axis is evaluated.

Should I use NON EMPTY keyword or NONEMPTY function?

Ok Mitchell, so you told me when each of these are evaluated but really you haven’t told me anything up until this point. Can you tell me which one I should use already? Well, unfortunately, it depends. Let’s walk through an example of each using the BOTTOMCOUNT function.


In this example I’m returning the bottom ten selling products for internet sales. Notice that I have returned all products that have no internet sales, this is not necessarily a bad thing, maybe you want to return products that don’t have sales.


However if you don’t want to return these products then we can try using the NON EMPTY keyword. In the below example you can see the results when I add NON EMPTY to the ROWS axis.


WHOOOAAA, what happened?? A lot of people would have expected the results here to show the bottom ten products that DID have sales. However, that is not the case, remember that I said the NON EMPTY keyword is evaluated LAST after all axes have been evaluated. This means that first the bottom ten selling products which have $0 in sales are first returned and then the NON EMPTY keyword removes all that empty space from the final result.

BOTTOMCOUNT function with NONEMPTY function.

So let’s try this again, if you want to return the bottom ten products that had sales then we must first remove the empty space before using the BottomCount function. Take a look at the code below:


In this code we first remove the empty space before using the BOTTOMCOUNT function. The result is we return the bottom ten products that had internet sales. Once again neither one is right or wrong here it just depends on what you want in your final result.

NON EMPTY Keyword vs. NONEMPTY Function – Performance

There is a very common misconception that the NONEM

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Adding Existing Reports to Reporting Services Solution

  • 13 December 2010
  • Author: briankmcdonald
  • Number of views: 17371


If you’re anything like me, you create a ton of objects and have them in various projects. And sometimes, you may want to include one of those objects in another project. This is often the case when you download an example from the web somewhere, but it doesn’t include the entire project. Some of my blogs include the sample that I created for the blog. I don’t include the whole project, because I have assumed that one would know how to create a reporting services project and then add my report definition file into the existing solution. I have recently been asked to show someone how to add a report to an existing solution and as such...I am writing this blog. So without further ado… let’s get cracking…


Create a new Reporting Services Project by loading up Business Intelligence Development Studio. Mine is under All Programs > Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 as shown below.

Start up BIDS - Brian K McDonald


Then click the CREATE: Project… button in the Recent Projects window.

Create Report Server Project 1 - Brian K McDonald


Select the Report Server Project under the Project types: Business Intelligence Projects. Name the project whatever you want, I would recommend something along the lines of SSRS_TestProject or something like that. Save the project in whatever location that you want and should you choose to have BIDS create a folder for the project, set that name accordingly.

Create Report Server Project 2 - Brian K McDonald


Now that you have a project created for test reports. Download one of my examples here. Extract it and then add it to the project that you just created. To add the rdl file right click on the Reports folder and then go to Add and then select Existing Item… as shown below.

Add Existing Item - Brian K McDonald


Navigate to where the rdl file is located and select it. Then click the Add button as shown below.

Add Report - Brian K McDonald


When you click the add button, a copy of the file is then copied to your solution folder and then included in your project. That’s all there is to it! Save this project and the file that I gave you because in a not-too-distant post (maybe a few hours), I will show you how to do something nice using this report. Stay tuned!


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Brian K. McDonald, MCDBA, MCSD
Business Intelligence Consultant – Pragmatic Works


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