Here you will find the minimum hardware and software requirements to install and run Power BI Report Server.

Processor, Memory, and Operating System Requirements

Component Requirement
.NET Framework 4.6

You can manually install the .NET Framework from Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 (Web Installer) for Windows.

For more information, recommendations, and guidance about the .NET Framework 4.6 see .NET Framework Deployment Guide for Developers.

Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 require KB2919355 before installing .NET Framework 4.6.
Hard Disk Power BI Report Server requires a minimum of 1 GB of available hard-disk space.

Addition space will be required on the database server that is hosting the report server database.
Memory Minimum: 1 GB

Recommended: At least 4 GB
Processor speed Minimum: x64 Processor: 1.4 GHz

Recommended: 2.0 GHz or faster
Processor type x64 Processor: AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, Intel Pentium IV with EM64T support
Operating system Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

Windows Server 2016 Standard

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

Windows Server 2012 Standard

Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 Foundation

Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Professional

Windows 10 Enterprise

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Pro

Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Enterprise

[AZURE.NOTE Installation of Power BI Report Server is supported on x64 processors only.


Power BI Report Server will install default values to configure the core settings required to make a report server operational. It has the following requirements:

  • A SQL Server Database Engine must be available after setup and before you configure the database for the report server. The Database Engine instance hosts the report server database that Reporting Services Configuration Manager will create. The Database Engine is not required for the actual setup experience.

  • The user account used to run Setup must be a member of the local Administrators group.

  • The user account used for Reporting Services Configuration Manager must have permission to access and create databases on the Database Engine instance that hosts the report server databases.

  • Setup must be able to use the default values to reserve the URLs that provide access to the report server and the web portal. These values are port 80, a strong wildcard, and the virtual directory names in the format ReportServer and Reports.

Read-only domain controller (RODC)

While the report server can be installed in an environment that has a Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC), Reporting Services needs access to a Read-Write Domain Controller to function properly. If Reporting Services only has access to a RODC, you may encounter errors when trying to administer the service.

Power BI reports and Analysis Services live connections

You can use a live connection against tabular or multidimensional instances. Your Analysis Services server has to me the proper version and edition to work properly.

Server version Required SKU
2012 SP1 CU4 or later Business Intelligence and Enterprise SKU
2014 Business Intelligence and Enterprise SKU
2016 Standard SKU or higher

Next steps

User handbook
Administrator handbook
Quickstart: Install Power BI Report Server
Install Report Builder
Download SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)

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