Announcing a Technical Preview of Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services

NOTE:  This blog post describes an early Technical Preview of Power BI reports running on SQL Server Reporting Services's on-premises report server platform. In June 2017, we brought this technology to market as Power BI Report Server. For more info, check out A closer look at Power BI Report Server.

Hello again from Seattle! We’re at PASS Summit 2016 this week, so it’s a great time to announce some exciting news and deliver further on the reporting roadmap we shared at last year’s PASS Summit 2015.

Technical Preview

We’re excited to announce that we’re making available a Technical Preview of Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services. We plan to release the preview on Thursday along with some more info, but in the meantime, here are a couple of key things to know:

  • This Technical Preview is a pre-configured Virtual Machine in the Azure Marketplace. The VM includes everything you need, even sample reports and data, making it quick and easy to give it a try. We wanted to offer it to you while we continue to work toward a preview you can download and install in your own on-premises environment.
  • This preview supports Power BI reports that connect “live” to Analysis Services models – both Tabular and Multidimensional (cubes). We plan to extend support to additional data sources in a future preview.

UPDATE:  Get it now in the Azure Marketplace

Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services

This Technical Preview represents our progress toward on-premises self-service BI via Power BI reports in Reporting Services, an important goal in our reporting roadmap. With this solution, you’ll be able to

  • Visually explore data and create an interactive report using Power BI Desktop
  • Publish that report to an on-premises report server (SQL Server Reporting Services)
  • Share the report with your coworkers so they can view and interact with it in their web browsers


A few weeks ago at Microsoft Ignite, we showed the first sneak peek at the progress we’ve made; this week at PASS Summit, you’ll be able to try it for yourself.

Join us at PASS Summit

If you’re in Seattle for PASS Summit, don’t miss our session:

You might be interested in several other sessions covering Reporting Services as well:

And join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtags #summit16 and #SSRS.

Stay tuned for more info

Watch this blog for a follow-up post this Thursday, when we plan to release the Technical Preview and Chris Finlan will walk you through how to get started. We're looking forward to it and know you are as well!