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pmurz
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Does anyone know why "Map and filled map visuals" should be disabled or turned off at the org level?

I suddenly had my web published reports stop showing MAP visuals.   I had to go in to the Admin portal for my domain and turn on these visuals.   This was not obvious or easy (see images below).  I have two questions:
1) Is there some particular security reason that these specific visuals have to be separately enabled?   

2) Does anyone know why this would be set to "disabled"?   

Thanks!

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Greg_Deckler
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@pmurz Because these visuals communicate with Bing maps, an "external" entity, some organizations may consider this a security risk.


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SharonFry
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Thanks to @pmurz's description of the issue and info provided by @Greg_Deckler, I was able to find some more info to fully resolve the issue! I've done it in my own tenant and it worked; it took effect within probably 5 minutes.

On the Admin Portal, here's the setting for the tenant:
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You may need to refresh the web page for Power BI Service (web app).

For Power BI Desktop, there's another setting under File > Options and settings > Options:

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Here's some supporting info that helped me:

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-february-2022-feature-summary/#post-18588-_Toc9541...

-Sharon
dbyrd
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@Greg_Deckler  - Thanks for the response to this, I was encountering the same thing.  We are new to Power BI and already have users trying to create maps.  As the admin I wanted to ask (before I enable this functionality) are you aware of any of these risks that other companies may have?  In a breif search I wasnt able to really find any documented questions or notes about the topic one way or the other.  

 

Thanks!

@dbyrd It's really more about companies having policies about information being sent to external networks. The actual security risk is incredibly low if not non-existent.


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GevorkC
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Same problem, access to admin portal is not available for me 

Greg_Deckler
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@pmurz Because these visuals communicate with Bing maps, an "external" entity, some organizations may consider this a security risk.


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Thank you, @Greg_Deckler, that makes sense.   Quesion: Do you know why after many months of maps working fine and never touching the Admin portal, I had to suddenly go in and authorize the use of maps?  Do you know if this was an across the board change at MS -or- would something have changed with my account to suddenly require this step?  Thanks for any insight if you have it.     

@pmurz Almost certainly a tenant setting that Microsoft added recently. They do that quite a bit actually. The number of tenant settings has grown tremendously in recent years.


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Do these settings even exist for non-premium users? It looks like they're effectively turned off the feature for Power BI desktop users:

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cwollett
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The settings are there for non-premium. My organization uses pro licenses. The issue you're seeing is because you're not listed as a Power BI administrator for your tenant.

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