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powerbi-oe Frequent Visitor
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Some basic questions...

Some pretty basic questions;

 

1 - can PowerBI be used as complete stand-alone on premise solution without using any Cloud services ? 

2 - if used completely on premise, will be any downsides or limitations?

3 - if used on premise, can reports be published to the web on a local intranet, for example ?

4 - performance of the REST api: I've not seen any data on performance of transferring large volumes of data into PowerBI datasets using the REST API - are there any metrics out there?

5 - If using the REST API for adding rows to a table, is there any guidance for what provided best performance, e.g. 1 row at a time, 100/250/500/all rows at a time ?

 

Thanks!

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powerbi-oe Frequent Visitor
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Re: Some basic questions...

Anyone with any answers/advice? Many thanks.

 

Moderator v-sihou-msft
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Re: Some basic questions...

@powerbi-oe

 

No. Power BI can't be used as a completely stand-alone on premise solution. Even you use SSRS 2016 report server to integrate Power BI, you still need to interact with the AAD. See: Power BI Report Server Integration (Configuration Manager). So when you get offline completely, you can only access the .pbix created in Power BI Desktop.

 

For the REST API, there's no "best practice" guide for performance. Just pay attention to: Power BI REST API limitations

 

Regards,

powerbi-oe Frequent Visitor
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Re: Some basic questions...

Thanks Simon.

 

If I rephrase my question better - can your data be kept on premise and and not moved to the cloud? So for example, can the REST api be used to populate datasets locally, although authentication etc. may need to happen on-line?

 

Thank again.

powerbi-oe Frequent Visitor
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Re: Some basic questions...

Anyone can answer my questions? Can the Rest API be used with Power BI desktop, to push data into a dataset?

Thanks
mim Member
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Re: Some basic questions...

as far as i know,no there is no way to push datasets in PowerBI desktop, but you can always refresh or use  Direct query, 

 

I think you may get more answers if you say exactly what you want to do.

 

bottom line, if you want something like PowerBI on premise you have to wait for SQL server Vnext

 

cheers

 

powerbi-oe Frequent Visitor
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Re: Some basic questions...

Thanks @mim

We have an ERP solution for which I'm investigating the possibility on integrating with power bi.

I think some of our customers may be resistant to putting their data into the cloud based power bi, so I'm interested in the capabilities of the desktop version.

As our database is large and complicated, we prefer not to use odbc access, but prefer exposing data in a more structured way.

Hope that provides some useful background.
mim Member
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Re: Some basic questions...

you can always build the data mode in PowerBI desktop, and connect to your ERP using the rest API, but it is not real time, you need to refresh