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Advocate IV
Advocate IV

Current state of Office Online Server - July 2018

I've been experimenting a bit today with installing OOS on our dev PBIRS installation, and it's been a bit of a kludgy experience. Some of it may have to do the standard build of our servers, but it got me wondering why the documentation still states:

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/report-server/excel-oos


Limitations and considerations
-The ability to view Excel workbooks within Power BI Report Server is currently in preview


Is there any specific reason it's still considered "preview" that we should be aware of? Most of the OOS posts I've read have been from last year. I found that I needed to track down our Server 2012 R2 installation media and modify the documented steps to let the "Add-WindowsFeature" steps complete. Once I worked past that and attempted to retrieve the dev key from MSDN as suggested, I found that even the dev key is restricted to Visual Studio Enterprise w/ MSDN, which leaves us in the lurch since we've only had need for Visual Studio Professional w/ MSDN.

 

We're essentially stuck until I work out getting access to the OOS install from our corporate team, so I thought I'd ask here. What is needed to bring it out of preview? Is there any initiative in place to streamline some of this configuration?

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Continued Contributor
Continued Contributor

Re: Current state of Office Online Server - July 2018

I think wh it is this feature unterpreview ist very simple. It was released in the second last PBI Report Server and it  depends to the OO Server technology. I think in th next release it is final and tested.

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Resolver II
Resolver II

Re: Current state of Office Online Server - July 2018

Hi,

 

I'm also wondering about the state of OOS.

 

We have installed OOS and it works with PBIRS.

 

However, we have some issues with numbers and dates not formating correct e.g. we need 1.000,00 instead of 1,000.00. We have a ticket at MS on this issue.

 

The changelog for october does not indicate that the feature is in preview. Only the installation guide. Which is kinda of misleading.

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/report-server/changelogPowerBIReportServerOctRelease.PNG

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Resolver II
Resolver II

Re: Current state of Office Online Server - July 2018

In this blogpost from Chris Finlan:

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/da-dk/blog/power-bi-and-sharepoint-the-road-ahead/

 

PBIRS_Road.PNG

It seems that it is not in preview. Maybe the documentation regarding installation just isnt updated?

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Frequent Visitor

Re: Current state of Office Online Server - July 2018

A few years later, and it looks like this feature is still not available. @messerjc have you had any luck or heard differently?

 

With SharePoint 2019 depricating Power Pivot Gallery and Refresh, my hope was that I coudl move my users over to Power BI Report Server to handle the workload. But not being able to refresh makes this fearture next to worthless, and means I'll need to stay on SharePoint 2016.

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Advocate IV
Advocate IV

Re: Current state of Office Online Server - July 2018

Nope! We haven't pursued it any further, but if you happen to find additional solutions I'd be interested to hear about it.

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