Power BI Report Server Install Notes

System Requirements

Supported Operating System

Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016.

You’ll need:

  • NET Framework 4.5.2 or later. (You can confirm this if you see Full subkey at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full)
  • SQL Server Database Engine (2008 or later), to store the report server database.
  • SQL Server Analysis Services (2012 SP1 CU4 or later), to store your data models

Downloaded Microsoft Power BI Report Server – May 2017 Preview

Install Instructions:

  1. Install Power BI Report Server (PowerBIReportServer.exe).
  2. Configure your Power BI Report Server using Report Server Configuration Manager.
  3. Install Power BI Desktop (PBIDesktopRS_x64.msi)

Install Power BI Report Server (PowerBIReportServer.exe)

Step 1: Download

Download the installation files, for Power BI Report Server, locally. To download Power BI Report Server, go to the Microsoft download center.

Download Power BI Report Server

Step 2: Run installer

Run the PowerBIReportServer.exe file that you downloaded and step through the installation screens. You will have the opportunity to select the the installation path as well as select the edition you want to install. You can choose between an evaluation that expires within 180 days, a developer edition or to provide a product key.

Install Power BI Report Server

Step 3: Configure the server

After you are done installing, you will run the configuration manager to finish setting up your server. You will need to create a ReportServer catalog database as well as confirm the web portal and web service URLs.

Configure Power BI Report Server

How to Configure Power BI Report server

  • Configure Web Service URL. By default it’s not.
  • Configure Web Portal URL. By default it’s not.
  • Configure Power BI Report server database. If it’s on separate box, you may have to change the settings for Service account from virtual to network.

Step 4: Browse to web portal

Now that you are configured, you should be able to open a browser to the web portal of your server. By default, this will be http://localhost/reports. You will also be able to browse using the machine name instead of using localhost by default, assuming you are not being blocked by any type of firewall.

Power BI Report Server web portal

How to configure firewall for Power BI Report server installed above:

1) Go to Start –> Administrative tools–> Windows Firewall with Advanced security tool.

2) Here go to Inbound Rule tab and open a new rule window. We will be creating a new rule in order to open a port for SSRS.

3) Since we have to open port for PBIRS, select the option Port in Rule type and move to the next step.

4) Select TCP and mention the port number as 80. Then move to next step.

5) Select allow the connection so that connections are allowed to PBIRS using port 80. Then move next.

6) In the profile tab, select the appropriate option as per your requirement.

7) In this final step, provide appropriate name to this rule like ReportServer (TCP on 80) and click Finish.

8) Rules are enabled by default but you can verify that by going to Inbound rules and look for the newly created rule.



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