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Setting Up The Power BI Analysis Services Connector

The Power BI Analysis Services Connector is used in order to expose a Tabular model to Power BI allowing end users to consume data from the model directly for building of reports and ad-hoc analysis.

The setup of the connector is very straightforward however you will should bear the following in mind

- Only Tabular models are supported with the connectors – you will not be able to use this to enable reporting from a multidimensional database.
- The Analysis Services Connector performs best if it is hosted on the same server that hosts the Tabular model.
- The speed of the internet connection between the server running the Analysis Server Connector and the Power BI service is crucial to performance.
- You can’t run the Analysis Services Connector on a server also running either the Data Management Gateway or the Power BI Personal Gateway.

Installation Steps

1. Download the connector from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45333

2. Run the Analysis Services Connector Setup Program on the machine hosting the Tabular model.

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3. Once the installation has completed you will be given the option to launch the connector

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4. Enter the login details required to connect to Power BI

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5. If the details are correct you will see the below screen:

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6. Enter the account details required to connect to the Tabular Instance – clearly this needs to be an account with access to read from the Tabular model.

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7. Give the connection a suitable name and a friendly error message to be displayed to users in the case that the connection fails

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This should complete the wizard, the next step is to log onto the Power BI site – if all has gone well you should see the model as per the below.

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