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  1. Updates to Report Server should be available more frequently

    It seems unfair that Power BI desktop is updated each month with new and improved visuals but we will have to wait several months longer to have these improvements in Power BI Report Server. For example the new matrix visual is big improvement but those with Report Server will have to wait about 6 months before it is available to them. I'd like Report Server updates in parallel to Desktop updates.

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      11 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for the feedback on this topic! Let me address a few points here.

      First, a couple of you mentioned the new Table and Matrix visuals, which became generally available in July. I know they’re just one example, but I thought I’d update you about them specifically. We previously communicated that the very next release of Power BI Report Server would support them, and the August 2017 Preview is now available (https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-report-server-august-2017-preview-now-available/). We’re still targeting Q4 CY 2017 for the next production-ready release.

      Second, to confirm our current release and support lifecycle:
      - We plan to release Power BI Report Server “multiple times per year.”
      - Initially, we’ve planned for about 3 releases per year (in other words, on average, every 4 months).
      - We support each release for 12 months, which gives customers up to a year to upgrade to a newer version while receiving any…

    • Support dashboards in Power BI Report Server

      Please add support for Power BI Dashboards to Power BI Report Server.

      285 votes
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        23 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thanks for sharing this idea! As its name suggests, Power BI Report Server focuses on Power BI reports (the artifacts you create in Power BI Desktop). Nonetheless, we’re always interested in hearing your feedback, so if you’d like to see the Power BI service’s “dashboards” feature in Power BI Report Server, vote here. Even better, post a comment and share a little more about why. Looking forward to the discussion!

      • Email subscriptions for Power BI reports in Report Server

        Be able to create email subscriptions for the PBIX reports in the Report Server

        145 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • ESRI ArcGIS maps in Power BI Report Server

          Support ESRI ArcGIS maps in Power BI Report Server.

          37 votes
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            4 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Power BI JavaScript API support for Report Server

            At the moment to embed reports in a intranet webpage we only have the option to put ?rs:Embed=True at the end of the url.

            I have read (on this website) that there are plans to extend this so parameters could also be passed in the url, in a similar way that the current SSRS works.

            Could we also have the Power BI JavaScript API enabled for Power BI Report Server, in a similar way to the Azure service has ?

            31 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Give Power BI desktop for Report Server also the Preview options

              Hi,

              At the moment there is a difference between PowerBI Desktop for Report Server and the "normal" PowerBI Desktop. I want to use the ShapeMaps, Visio Visual also. But this is not possible yet.

              45 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support Power BI Report Server multiple instances on a single server

                Please add support for Power BI Report Server multiple instances on a single server. Like SQL Server Reporting Services : ability to change name, location, add, remove instance. On a mid/large report server farm, multiple instance helps a lot for progressive patching, ssrs subscription launch on different sql engine, etc.

                38 votes
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                  12 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for submitting this idea. We’re interested to hear from many of you about why and how you install multiple instances of Reporting Services on the same server. Drop us a comment and tell us a little more about
                  - Why do you install multiple instances of Reporting Services on the same server (as opposed to, say, creating multiple folder trees within the same server and using permissions to isolate users)?
                  - What are the key things you’d need to be able to configure differently/independently across instances?

                  While we could follow the SQL Server approach of enabling you to perform multiple installations of the software on the same server, we could alternatively take a more lightweight approach of enabling you to create multiple “sites” within one installation. (SharePoint uses this latter approach, as did Datazen Server.) The latter approach doesn’t provide quite the same degree of isolation — you can’t…

                • Export to Excel from PowerBI Embedded

                  Please provide the ability to export PowerBI Embedded reports to excel. The same functionality that exists on PBI Service.
                  It is important to also increase export limit.

                  45 votes
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                    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  APIs and Embedding  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Shared data source connection (live to Tabular SSAS) for reports published on Power BI Report Server

                    Currently each Power BI report published to the Report Server has its own data source embedded within the report. Any change in the source would require us to change hundreds of published reports individually. Could we have a shared data source/connection similar to SSRS Reports that would help us manage deployment and changes much more efficiently.

                    35 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Apply the same filter across multiple pages

                      I have a report that requires more than one page in the mobile view. The problem is both pages should reflect the same filters. I do not expect users to select the same filters again and again; the filters should be selected on the first page and apply to all subsequent pages.

                      This idea was previously posted under the heading "Make filters that can apply across all pages in a report". However, it will not longer accept votes as it is marked as completed. Is an option available to apply page level filters from the report/dashboard to subsequent pages?

                      200 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        As we announced in Microsoft Data Insights Summit a few weeks ago – filters are coming to phone reports (watch the demo here – link: https://youtu.be/LJNVO9m8NEM?t=39m57s )
                        This new and exciting functionality will allow you to create a report level filter in phone reports – that will be effective on all of your reports pages!

                        Some more information on how to optimize your reports for phones may be found here: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-desktop-create-phone-report

                        Filters on phones reports are expected in the next quarter for power BI apps on iOS, Android and Windows – stay tuned to PowerBI apps upcoming releases.

                        We hope will fully meet your needs.

                      • Export to PowerPoint with filters applied

                        PowerPoint Export to take into account filters that have been applied to the report prior to export. This is essential for users which need to filter on historic dates and then wish to export the report with those details.

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                          33 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hey all – we’re looking into how best to tackle this and other filter/slicer-related functionality. We’ve put together a short survey to better understand different use cases and what improvements would make the experience better.  If you have a few moments, the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.  We appreciate your feedback!
                          https://aka.ms/x998cx

                        • Export Power BI report to PowerPoint

                          Support for exporting Power BI report to PowerPoint. The feature is available in Power BI service (Preview).

                          28 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Disable Download buttons in Power BI Report Server

                            Within Power BI Report server there is a download drop down menu in the top right corner of the page which offers options to download "Power BI Desktop", "Mobile Report Publisher", "Report Builder" and "Power BI Mobile".

                            There needs to be an option to disable these. Ideally at a granular level but at the very least the option to disable the actual drop down menu.

                            This would allow for a clean interface and the removal of options that our end users do not need and cannot actually use as they are not allowed to install applications.

                            46 votes
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                            • Provide option to 'Publish to Report Server' instead of 'Save As' on Power BI Desktop for Report Server

                              While using PBI Desktop for PBIRS would be a lot better to have an option under the menu Publish rather on Save As in order to save a report to the Power BI Report Server.

                              11 votes
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                              • Show thumbnails of Power BI reports (same as the Mobile Reports)

                                Mobile Reports have a sample preview of what the underlying report looks like. Users find this useful when looking for the report they need. Can this be done for the Power BI tiles?

                                15 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Subscribe to email snapshots of reports in *specific filter/slicer states*

                                  Extend the email subscriptions feature, currently in public preview, to include support for email snapshots of reports in specific filter/slicer states.

                                  More information about the feature can be found here: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-email-subscriptions-in-power-bi-stay-informed-when-it-matters/

                                  272 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hey all – we’re looking into how best to tackle this and other filter/slicer-related functionality.

                                    We’ve put together a short survey to better understand different use cases and what improvements would make the experience better.  If you have a few moments, the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.  We appreciate your feedback!

                                    https://aka.ms/x998cx

                                  • Add the ability to categorize reports with virtual categories beside the folder structure

                                    Currently in the report server you are only allowed to group the reports based on folder structures, which we are using currently to manage also the permission needed to access the reports, but what we want as the we want to keep managing the permission based on folder structure but we want to view the reports based on different categorize and sub-categorize,

                                    The reason for this is that you want to manage the permission of reports in a different way than organizing the reports.

                                    we have like 700+ SSRS reports, and it is difficult to tie the permission structure with…

                                    11 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Power BI Report Server view Office Docs browser

                                      In the August 2017 preview support was added to view Excel files in the browser with the addition of Office Online Server. Now that we have that ability why are we being limited to just Excel. I would like to be able to view Word, PowerPoint, etc. In the browser and not just have to download them. Thanks.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for submitting this idea, Dan!

                                        We’d love to hear more about how people imagine they’d use this feature. What types of Word documents or PowerPoint presentations would you want to store in Power BI Report Server rather than in more general-purpose document storage (SharePoint, OneDrive, file share, etc.)? Comment below!

                                      • Greater control over the scale and division of axes, especially values less than 1.

                                        Greater control over the scale and division of axes. The MAJORITY of our data is frequency related where we have to display values in scientific notation from the range of 10-9 up to 10-2. Display of numbers greater than 1 creates automatic minor division on the y axis; but if below value of 1, the minor lines on the y axis do not display and there is no control over this. Same applied for x axis. Similar comments have been posted over greater control of the axes values and arrangement, but I have not seen one about small number values.

                                        179 votes
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                                          10 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Export data to Excel

                                          It would be nice to have the option to export a table to an excel file, right now is only on CSV format but someone working on a different ecosystem and does not have Power Bi would need to rework the data and that does not make any point to have PowerBi

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