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Moving/migrating models between Power BI and SSAS

Hi all;

 

Our organization is currently looking at the best way to centralize data models -- SSAS or embedded in Power BI Desktop/Service.  One question that came up was whether it's possible to move/export models between the two platforms.....doesn anyone have an experience/info?

 

J

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Re: Moving/migrating models between Power BI and SSAS

Hi @jmillar,

 

So there are several tools/platforms:

1. Power BI Desktop

2. Power BI Service

3. SSAS Tabular

4. Azure Analysis Services (AAS) Tabular 

 

Each model represents XMLA code.

 

 

Of course, SSAS/AAS is a better way because it is an enterprise level of reporting. You have more control over the settings of the server, partitions etc. 

 

Power BI if better for self-service or light version of enterprise reporting. This is for now. I think in the 2019 year it may change because it will be much more extended. But, if you will start from Power BI and not from Tabular then you will be able to connect to any Desktop report via SSMS and copy XMLA deployment script and apply it for Tabular server. But import Tabular model into Power BI is impossible.

 

Regards,
Ruslan
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Re: Moving/migrating models between Power BI and SSAS

Hi @jmillar

You could connect to SSAS Multidimensional models or Tabular data in Power BI Desktop,

if you need publish from Desktop to Service, then you need to manage a gateway and connect the datasources to the gateway.

Please read through these trials and have a try.

Connect to SSAS Multidimensional Models in Power BI Desktop

Using Analysis Services Tabular data in Power BI Desktop

manage data source-SSAS

Also please note the limitations

https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Desktop/Limitations-about-connecting-a-SSAS-multidimensional-model/...

 

To import an existing Power BI dataset model into SSAS tabular, please follow below blogs:

IMPORT POWER BI DESKTOP MODEL TO SSAS TABULAR 2016

IMPORT POWER BI DESKTOP MODEL TO SSAS TABULAR 2017 USING AZURE ANALYSIS SERVICES

 

Best Regards

Maggie

 

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Re: Moving/migrating models between Power BI and SSAS

Thanks for the info -- there's no way to migrate existing SSAS tabular models easily to Power BI though?

 

J

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Re: Moving/migrating models between Power BI and SSAS

@jmillar,

 

There is no direct way to do that for the current moment. It will be available somewhere in February-March 2019 once XMLA endpoints will be released. Details https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/october18/intelligence-platform....

 

For now, you can copy and paste DAX and M (Power Query) code from SSAS to Power BI. It is also a fast option.

 

Regards,
Ruslan
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