In Power BI, there are two ways you can connect to a live SQL Server Analysis Services server. In Get data, you can connect to a SQL Server Analysis Services server, or you can connect to a Power BI Desktop file, or Excel workbook, that already connects to an Analysis Services server.

   Important:

  • In order to connect to a live Analysis Services server, an On-premises Data Gateway must be installed and configured by an administrator. For more information, see On-premises Data Gateway.

  • When you use the gateway, your data remains on-premises.  The reports you create based on that data are saved in the Power BI service. 

  • Q&A natural language querying is in preview for Analysis Services live connections.

Note:

Working with live Analysis Services servers, along with Groups, are Pro features. Learn more

To connect to a model from Get data

  1. In My Workspace, select Get data. You can also change to a group workspace, if one is available.

  2. Select Databases & More.

  3. Select SQL Server Analysis Services > Connect

  4.  Select a server. If you don't see any servers listed here, it means either a gateway, and data source, are not configured, or your account is not listed in the Users tab of the data source, in the gateway. Check with your adminsitrator.

  5. Select the model you want to connect to. This could be either Tabular or Multidimensional.

After you connect to the model, it will appear in your Power BI site in My Workspace/Datasets. If you were swtiched to a group workspace, then the dataset will appear within the group.

Dashboard tiles

If you pin visuals from a report to the dashboard, the pinned tiles are automatically refreshed every 10 minutes. If the data in your on-premises Analysis Services server is updated, the tiles will get auto-updated after 10 minutes.

See also

On-premises Data Gateway
Manage Analysis Services data sources
Troubleshooting the On-premises Data Gateway
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