01-13-2017 10:21 PM - edited 01-23-2017 09:59 PM
A Power BI Pro license is required to view dashboards or reports that contain Pro content. In some cases, our enforcement of this licensing logic caused confusion about whether content was Pro or not. We are releasing several fixes that make this experience more consistent for users.
Please note that there is no change to our licensing policy - the conditions for what is Pro content, which continue to remain the same.
The fixes are as follows:
- Dashboards and reports created in Group Workspaces that were subsequently shared to other users without Pro licenses did not trigger the standard License Required Dialog. Instead there was a non-standard treatment of this Pro content for viewers without Pro licenses. We have fixed this issue, so these consumers will now see the standard 'License Required' dialog that is consistent with other Pro content scenarios.
- In some circumstances, users that attempted to view Pro content without a Pro license saw the standard License Required Dialog, but upon closing the dialog saw partial content, causing confusion about whether a license was required. We have fixed this issue, so these viewers will no longer see any Pro content if they do not have a Pro license.
- In some circumstances, direct links to reports that contained Pro content did show the standard 'License Required' dialog for users without Pro. We have fixed this issue, so these viewers will see the standard 'License Required' dialog.
01-20-2017 01:02 PM
Our organization is up 40/60 split between Pro users and Free users. We use the Group work-space to segregate reports designed for seperate business units and a very small group of us actually do the creating and designing. The group workspaces effectively allow us to deploy the dashboards and most of organization consumes a dashboard currently housed in a group regardless of pro license. This feature has been available to our organization since at least July of last year and we have moved forward with this strategy.
The change, without any heads-up or communication, will cause significant problems with our end users and will require major rework to direct these dashboards to a different workspace.
Does the Power BI team have a plan for how users will deal with disruption? For example, will we will be able to move dashboards, reports, and datasets to a free workspace?
Thank you in advance for your insight.
01-22-2017 12:06 PM
- Your end users will get 60 days of pro trial access, so they can continue to access your reports during that period.
- Longer term, you can plan to acquire pro licenses for your end users OR move your reports to you personal workspaces. Note that you cannot collaborate with other authors when your reports are in a personal workspace. You will need to the underlying PBIx file to move the reports from the group workspace to your personal workspace
Hope that helps.
01-23-2017 10:41 AM
Since launching our Power BI iniative in April of last year, this will be the fourth time our end-users have experienced an issue due to a change made by Microsoft without any forewarning on the change.
While I understand there was a need to fix the error in the Licensing logic, the only feedback I'd like to give the Power BI team is to communicate these types of changes in advance (i.e. email to affected organizations, Power BI blog and/or Community). This gives advance notice and also creditability to us power users who publish and share with the organization.
Overall, really pleased with the product and progress the team at Microsoft has made, but a little more communication in advance to releases on service / desktop would be appreciated.
01-23-2017 01:12 PM
Can you help me understand why on Wednesday of last week my users without Pro licenses were able to access reports created in workspaces, but as of Friday of last week they no longer have access to these same reports and are receiving the error message about pro content.
Is there a fix being worked on for these scenarios?
01-24-2017 08:46 AM
This is unaccepatable. As if the messaging from MS and Power BI wasn't confusing enough, you're now telling us that you "fixed" a bug that conflicted with the current wording of the Pro licensing. Shame on you. My org doesn't have the budget (since that closed last month) to upgrade our entire user base to Pro. Now we have to research non-MS solutions to avoid future "fixes".
01-24-2017 11:40 AM - edited 01-24-2017 11:56 AM
@Bhartman30 We'll communicate in advance in the future. BTW- Your users' can still access their pro content by opting into our 60 day pro trials.
@MickB - This is because of one of the fixes that we mentioned at the top of this post. Here is the excerpt:
"Dashboards and reports created in Group Workspaces that were subsequently shared to other users without Pro licenses did not trigger the standard License Required Dialog. Instead there was a non-standard treatment of this Pro content for viewers without Pro licenses. We have fixed this issue, so these consumers will now see the standard 'License Required' dialog that is consistent with other Pro content scenarios."
01-24-2017 12:04 PM
How do you plan on communicating so I know where to direct my attention?
A schedule of releases could be helpful, for example.
Thanks for your responsiveness!