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PBIRS License through SQL EE+SA [SQL EE & PBIRS in different server]

We have SQL server EE with SA. Currently we have one of the leading BI solution because when we started using it, PBI was only on cloud. Now we are in the process of evaluating an alternate solution for another set of users in our prganization; so, with the on-prem availability we felt PBI would be better option as it would come free along with SQL EE+SA


All said and done, we are stuck because there are different understanding in our organization about powerBI licensing terms. Hence I would like to put my questions here to get better understanding.


Please confirm:

  • if both PowerBI and SQL server EE can be installed in 2 different physical servers with the same license; [Implicit information was available here]

Once the above is confirmed

  • use equal cores that is licensed for SQL server [for eg: if the SQL server EE+ SA license is 14 cores and powerBI can be configured with 14 cores ] ; [Found this; click here]; Please confirm


If there are additional options and we have not considered it, please feel free to share them with us. We would be grateful and highly appreciate if we could get an accurate & explicit answer.

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Re: PBIRS License through SQL EE+SA [SQL EE & PBIRS in different server]

Well, for something so specific, you would likely need a Microsoft licensing specialist to confirm. Adding myself to this thread in case such a person responds.

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Re: PBIRS License through SQL EE+SA [SQL EE & PBIRS in different server]

Well, my primary question is can I use PBI in a different server compared to SQL EE+SA (say 4 cores) with no additional license for the same core (4 cores).

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