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prazzy88 Frequent Visitor
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Re: Power BI Report Server Licensing

@Seth_C_BauerThanks for responding back. I couldn't find anything explicitly mentioned anywhere. Anyway i requested sales team to contact me. Lets see.

prazzy88 Frequent Visitor
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Re: Power BI Report Server Licensing

@riccardomuti: still it doesn't mention about whether we need to purchase a Pro license if we have active software assurance with SQL server 2016. We were able to create/publish reports onto Power BI report server even as we have report server part of active software assurance along with SQL server 2016. Can you confirm if Pro license is still required even then?

Power BI Team riccardomuti
Power BI Team

Re: Power BI Report Server Licensing

Yes, regardless of how you license the report server itself (Power BI Premium, or SQL Server Enterprise with Software Assurance), you need a Power BI Pro license to publish Power BI reports to Power BI Report Server.

Anonymous
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Re: Power BI Report Server Licensing

please, correct me if I´m wrong, but so far I understood this:

To get PBI to work locally (on-premises), I have 2 options:

1- buy Premium, get included for free the Report Server, use SQL Server (free or paid version), and use PBI PRO to publish;

2- don´t buy Premium, buy Software Assurance for SQL Server, get included for free Report Server, and use PBI PRO to publish;

Super User III
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Re: Power BI Report Server Licensing

@Anonymous

1- yes

2- yes, only caveat is that it is SQL Server Enterprise Edition with Software Assurance.

 

Either method to get the PBIRS requries a Pro licence for Report creators/Authors.


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dashender7 Frequent Visitor
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Re: Power BI Report Server Licensing

If we already have SQL Server Enterprise Edition 2016 but without SA, can we add SA to it if that route is more cost effective than purchasing Power BI Premium P1 Node at $5k per month?

 

I'm struggling to find information on Software Assurance - I'm guessing it is licensed per core?

 

We are in a unique scenario where we are a small company but with heavy industry regulations on data.  Data and reports cannot be hosted in the cloud and explicitly must live on premise.

 

But Power BI Premium seems geared toward very large scale deployments with large companys.  We are finding ourselves in a gap here where we need an on premise solution that is cost effective for hosting Power BI reports.  If it weren't for our industry specific regulations on data, we would otherwise simply purchase 3 to 5 cloud Power BI Service user licenses at the $9.99 per month for report developers who would use Power BI Desktop and publish to the cloud service, and then there would be a couple of dozen report users who would access the reports.

 

Is there any path for a company in a scenario like ours constrained to an on premise Power BI report hosting solution that doesn't cost tens of thousands per year?

Power BI Team riccardomuti
Power BI Team

Re: Power BI Report Server Licensing

See "Getting Software Assurance" on this page: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/licensing-programs/software-assurance-default.aspx. If you're already working with a Microsoft account team and/or Microsoft partner, they should be able to help, and if you're not, follow the "How to buy" link (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Licensing/how-to-buy/how-to-buy.aspx) to contact Microsoft or a partner.

MaKa Frequent Visitor
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Re: Power BI Report Server Licensing

@Seth_C_Bauer

 

Thank you for the clear explanation.

Is it viable to use a Visual Studio Enterprise Edition subscription (formerly MSDN) to cover the PBI Pro part to create content?

Thank you in advance for your view. 

Super User III
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Re: Power BI Report Server Licensing

@MaKa If a Pro license is rolled into that product license then that would apply. Just as if you had an E5 Office license that offering includes a Pro license and would work. I'm not familiar with what you describe, but if PBI Pro is part of it, then it should be applicable.


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Admin_HashAlgos Occasional Visitor
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Re: Power BI Report Server Licensing

@riccardomuti , Actually we are also confused with too many different opinions and there is no clear documentation from Microsoft also.  I have few questions. If you can help me out it would be great.

 

1. I am looking for an Azure VM with SQL Server Enterprise 2016. Will it have SA ?

2. If Yes then how to configure PBI Report Server.

3. If No, Then how to get it? because we need Power BI for Reporting purpose.

4. Major Question is, Do I need to pay for PBI Report Server after having SQL SERVER EE 2016. (On Azure VM).

 

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