Create Power BI Embedded capacity in the Azure portal

This article walks you through how to create a Power BI Embedded capacity in Microsoft Azure. Power BI Embedded simplifies Power BI capabilities by helping you quickly add stunning visuals, reports, and dashboards to your apps.

Important

Within the next few months, all Gen1 capacities will be deprecated and only Power BI Embedded Gen2 capacities will available. We recommend that you upgrade your embedded capacities to Gen2 using the Azure portal or the ARM API.

Prerequisites

Before you can create a capacity, you need the following:

  1. An Azure Active Directory: Your subscription must be associated with an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) organizational tenant. Also, you need to be signed in to Azure with an account in that tenant. Microsoft personal accounts aren't supported. To learn more, see Authentication and user permissions.

  2. A Power BI tenant: At least one account in your Azure AD tenant must be signed up for Power BI. Sign into Power BI from that account.

  3. Azure subscription: Visit Azure Free Trial to create an account, if you don't already have one.

  4. Resource group: Use a resource group you already have or create a new one.

Create a capacity

Note

To create or manage a capacity, you must have the built-in role of contributor or higher.

Before creating a Power BI Embedded capacity, make sure you have signed into Power BI at least once.

  1. Sign into the Azure portal.

  2. Under Azure services, select Power BI Embedded.

  3. Within Power BI Embedded, select Create.

  4. Fill in the required information and then select Review + Create.

    Screenshot shows the Basics tab of the Power B I Embedded page to create new capacity in the Azure portal.

    • Subscription - The subscription you would like to create the capacity against.

    • Resource group - The resource group that contains this new capacity. Pick from an existing resource group, or create another. For more information, see Azure Resource Manager overview.

    • Resource name - The resource name of the capacity.

    • Location - The location where Power BI is hosted for your tenant. Your default location is your home region, but you can change the location using Multi-Geo options.

    • Size - The A SKU you require. For more information, see SKU memory and computing power.

    • Power BI capacity administrator - An admin for the capacity.

      Note

      • By default, the capacity administrator is the user creating the capacity.
      • You can select a different user or service principal, as capacity administrator.
      • The capacity administrator must belong to the tenant where the capacity is provisioned. Business to business (B2B) users cannot be capacity administrators.

Upgrade a capacity to Gen2

You can upgrade a Gen1 capacity to Gen2 in either the Azure UI portal, or the ARM API.

To upgrade a Gen1 capacity to Gen2 in the Azure UI:

  1. Select the capacity.

  2. From the overview section select Update to Gen 2.

    Screenshot of a Power BI upgrade capacity option in the Azure portal.

  3. Select Yes to confirm.

    Screenshot of a Power BI confirm upgrade in the Azure portal.

The capacity will update automatically in a few seconds.

Considerations and limitations

Your subscription must be associated with an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) organizational account. Microsoft personal accounts aren't supported

Next steps