Learn how to install Power BI Report Server.

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To download Power BI Report Server, and Power BI Desktop optimized for Power BI Report Server, go to the Microsoft download center.

tip For the current release notes, see Power BI Report Server - Release notes.

Before you begin

Before you install Power BI Report Server, it is recommended that you review the Hardware and Software Requirements for installing Power BI Report Server.

Install Reporting Services Standalone

Installing Power BI Report Server is straight forward. There are only a few steps to install the files.

Note:

You do not need a SQL Server Database Engine server available at the time of install. You will need one to configure Reporting Services after install.

  1. Find the location of PowerBIReportServer.exe and launch the installer.

  2. Select Install Power BI Report Server.

    Install Power BI Report Server

  3. Choose an edition to install and then select Next.

    Choose an edition

  4. Read and agree to the license terms and conditions and then select Next.

    License terms

  5. You need to have a Database Engine available to store the report server database. Select Next to install the report server only.

    Install files only

  6. Specify the install location for the report server. Select Install to continue.

    Specify install path

    [!NOTE] The default path is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Power BI Report Server.

  7. After a successful setup, select Configure Report Server to launch the Reporting Services Configuration Manager.

    Configure the report server

Configuration your report server

After you select Configure Report Server in the setup, you will be presented with Reporting Services Configuration Manager. For more information, see Reporting Services Configuration Manager.

You need to create a report server database to complete the initial configuration of Reporting Services. A SQL Server Database server is required to complete this step.

Creating a database on a different server

If you are creating the report server database on a database server on a different machine, you need to change the service account for the report server to a credential that is recognized on the database server.

By default, the report server uses the virtual service account. If you try to create a database on a different server, you may receive the following error on the Applying connection rights step.

System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException (0x80131904): Windows NT user or group '(null)' not found. Check the name again.

To work around the error, you can change the service account to either Network Service or a domain account. Changing the service account to Network Service applies rights in the context of the machine account for the report server.

Configure report server service account

For more information, see Configure the report server service account.

Windows Service

A windows service is created as part of the installation. It is displayed as Power BI Report Server. The service name is PowerBIReportServer.

Report Server Windows Service

Report Server Windows Service properties

Default URL reservations

URL reservations are composed of a prefix, host name, port, and virtual directory:

Part Description
Prefix The default prefix is HTTP. If you previously installed a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate, Setup tries to create URL reservations that use the HTTPS prefix.
Host name The default host name is a strong wildcard (+). It specifies that the report server accepts any HTTP request on the designated port for any host name that resolves to the computer, including http://<computername>/reportserver, http://localhost/reportserver, or http://<IPAddress>/reportserver.
Port The default port is 80. If you use any port other than port 80, you have to explicitly add it to the URL when you open web portal in a browser window.
Virtual directory By default, virtual directories are created in the format of ReportServer for the Report Server Web service and Reports for the web portal. For the Report Server Web service, the default virtual directory is reportserver. For the web portal, the default virtual directory is reports.

An example of the complete URL string might be as follows:

  • http://+:80/reportserver, provides access to the report server.

  • http://+:80/reports, provides access to the web portal.

Firewall

If you are accessing the report server from a remote machine, you want to make sure you have configured any firewall rules if there is a firewall present.

You need to open up the TCP port that you have configured for your Web Service URL and Web Portal URL. By default, these are configured on TCP port 80.

Additional configuration

Next steps

Administrator handbook
Install Power BI Desktop optimized for Power BI Report Server
Verify a reporting services installation
Configure the report server service account
Configure report server URLs
Configure a report server database connection
Initialize a report server
Configure SSL connections on a report server
Configure windows service accounts and permissions
Browser support for Power BI Report Server

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