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cableoneob Frequent Visitor
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Did Microsoft change their model, OR relax some restrictions?

It is stated that any user who intends to consume Power BI PRO content, must have a Power BI PRO license.

 

However, I have a couple of users with free Power BI accounts that can access my dashboard/report that supposedly contains Power BI PRO content. I'm connecting using an Enterprise Gateway.

 

So is the requirement to have a Power BI PRO account, in order to consume PRO content no longer in enforcement?  Or something else changed that I'm not aware of?

 

Cheers.

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Super User
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Re: Did Microsoft change their model, OR relax some restrictions?

@cableoneob Are they on the free trial of Pro? or they actually just have the basic account without a license or the trial.

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cableoneob Frequent Visitor
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Re: Did Microsoft change their model, OR relax some restrictions?

No not at all, just a basic account, not a trial version.

 

So that's what had me confused.

cableoneob Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor

Re: Did Microsoft change their model, OR relax some restrictions?

I wonder if anyone could possibly test this out in their own environment and see if any of their free account users can access PRO content?

 

Just curious.

Super User
Super User

Re: Did Microsoft change their model, OR relax some restrictions?

@cableoneob The answer is "no" nothing has changed in the licensing model. What is your data source that you are using in the PBIX file / gateway connection?

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cableoneob Frequent Visitor
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Re: Did Microsoft change their model, OR relax some restrictions?

I'm actually using a direct connection to a SSAS cube (Multidimensional)

 

Super User
Super User

Re: Did Microsoft change their model, OR relax some restrictions?

@cableoneob LOL. Then something is horribly broken... Smiley Happy That isn't free.

Or... Are you sure that when the end user goes to the settings in their work space (wheel icon) they only see "X MB of 1GB used"? If they see 10GB, then they are on "Pro"...

It makes more sense to me that there is user error, rather than this being altered by accident in the Service accidently... But, I spose anything is possible.

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cableoneob Frequent Visitor
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Re: Did Microsoft change their model, OR relax some restrictions?

Ha! yes either something is horribly broken or some sort of accident.

 

I confirmed that all the users are definitely on free account as shown below.  Definite head scratcher here. 

 

pbifree2.PNG

 

cableoneob Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor

Re: Did Microsoft change their model, OR relax some restrictions?

Ha! yes either something is horribly broken or some sort of accident.

 

I confirmed that all the users are definitely on free account as shown below.  Definite head scratcher here. 

 

pbifree2.PNG

 

ZenDataFox Frequent Visitor
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Re: Did Microsoft change their model, OR relax some restrictions?

When you share the dashboard, do you see the following message? 

 

I'm trying to figure out how to share a dashboard that's scheduled to refresh 1x day with free Power BI users.  The pricing says states once a day is OK, but in practice it looks like they've discontnued any SSAS or Azure connectivity on the Power BI service, except through a data gateway (personal or enterprise), which both require a Pro license to view. 

 

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