Windows Eval+SQL developer for external OLAP access for students to play with DAX

Alessandro Tiberti Bertin 1 Reputation point


scenario : training on DAX. Windows SRV eval + SQL Developer

External (autheneticated and connecting from internet) users with SSAS read-only access to connect with DAX Studio (and Power BI Desktop) to SQL developer's OLAP cube so they can create custom measures in DAX.

Can this be done with the free licenses mentioned above?

If not, would you be able to explain why and by consequence which licenses you esteem would be required?


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  1. CarrinWu-MSFT 6,856 Reputation points

    Hi @Alessandro Tiberti Bertin ,

    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    SQL Server Developer is a full-featured free edition, licensed for use as a development and test database in a non-production environment. Both Power BI and DAX Studio are free tools.

    For Windows Server, which version do you want to choose?

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  2. Limitless Technology 39,416 Reputation points

    Hello AlessandroTibertiBertin

    There is no reason why the SQL Developer should have any limitation for the operations you are trying to accomplish.

    If anything, you can check the limitations of Windows Server evaluations:

    If you are interested in more details about licenses, I would recommend contacting a Microsoft Partner or reseller that can give accurate information based on you location:


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