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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.
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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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MDX Puzzle #1

MDX Puzzle #1

Recently, I embarked on a mission to become proficient at writing MDX queries.  This is a challenge, as many of you may already know.  MDX, though a query language, is very different from T-SQL as I quickly found out.  Each week I will share with you a puzzle and then a couple of days later I will share my solution.   Please don’t post your solutions on this blog post.  Only post them on the Solution post, which will contain Solution in the title. Each solution post will contain a section on terminology and concepts if any new ones are introduced and the MDX query that is the solution to the puzzle.  In this first posting there will be a few.  The puzzles will start out very basic, but will move to more advanced MDX techniques as time progresses and my skills improve.  I will be using the Adventure Works 2008 R2 cube, which can be downloaded from codeplex.  So, let’s get started.

My first puzzle was to write what I thought was a very simple query.  Here is the puzzle:

Show:  Product Internet Sales and Order Quantity Measures
Rows:  Product Categories and SubCategories
Columns:  Ship Years
Filter:  Only Show Men from Customer Dimension and Exclude NULL values

Hint:  You will need a tuple for year and measures and for the rows.

Remember, don’t post you solutions here.  Save them for my solution post.  I will post it along with the steps that was taken to solve the puzzle in a couple of days.   Here is a screen shot of what the results should look like:


Don’t forget to check back in a couple days for the solution.

Talk to you soon,

Patrick LeBlanc

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