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skoofy5
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Advocate II

Portal - PowerBI licensing and deployment

Hi All, just wondering if people can give me any feedback on what it's like to setup and deploy PowerBI for the portal for clients and the monthly licensing costs around it. I'm also after some real experiences around whether it's worth the effort to deploy, how you push through updates as an ISV and things you found out after giving it a go. I've reviewed the documentation and pricing, but it really felt unclear and that in itself is troublesome:

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/power-bi-embedded/#pricing
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/portals/admin/set-up-power-bi-integration
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/portals/add-powerbi

 

I'm also concerned by older threads like this:


https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Developer/Power-BI-Embedded-Pricing-Am-i-mistaken/td-p/297606

Thanks for sharing any experience you've had!

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ragavanrajan
Super User
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Hi @skoofy5 , 

 

        You are right, we have experienced a similar situation in the past.  Long story short, we have ended up paying for Power BI premium instead of Power BI embedded. As an ISV, Power BI embedded is cheaper for you. And the only place you have to refer for pricing is 

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/power-bi-embedded/ 

Relevant documentation: 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/developer/embedded/embedding 

 

Hope it helps. 

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Thanks for the response. I know my initial query was a bit broad, but it worries me that there's no experience or even feedback from MS on this board. Feels like custom solutions may still be the better path given unknowns around something as significant as licensing and deployment.

Hi Ragavanrajan, did you end up using power bi premium with a PowerApps portal? I can only find information on people using power bi embedded. Cheers.

Hi @kerridge252 , 

 

 In one of the portal we are using Power BI premium. i.e enabling Power BI visualization will work. 

 

In another portal, we are using Power BI embedded.  The disadvantage of this method is that you need to rely on Global admin if you want to add a workspace. And Azure administrator to create relevant groups to manage. 

 

Hope it helps. 

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When you used the Portal with Power Bi Premium - do the users have to login to the PowerApps Portal, click on the page with the Power BI report, and then sign into Power BI to view the report? 

I have added a power bi report to a page in my powerapps portal and its asking everyone to login to powerbi to view the report. 

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