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Power BI Report Server On-Premises with SQL Enterprise SA licensing

Hey guys, I posted this as a follow up to a solved thread, and it got no attention - so I hope a repost in a clean thread is okay.




Hey guys,


I know this is wading into the weeds on licensing, but I'd appreciate some clarification - we'd like to know we're covered and these are possibly a few issues that could trap us up.


When you say "Anyone who publishes to the server" requires a license - we'd probably have some analytics people that will use Power BI desktop fairly often, and may even develop some pbix from scratch - but they're not as likely to publish to the server as our Developers are, who are responsible for our SSRS server at the moment.


Would you advise anyone using Power BI to get the PRO license, or only those intending to publsh to the server.  I would imagine they'd come under more the "Pro Users" on the Pricing guidelines - and it's probably safer to buy them a license, even if they're not publishing?


The other case is - we'd be using Power BI on Premises through our SQL Enterprise with Software Assurance.  Our SQL machines are on a cluster though, and we house and license SSRS separately because it is on a VM that is not part of the cluster.


With Power BI on-prem - I would imagine it has the same licensing rules, where if it is not on the same hardware that is licensed for the SQL Ent itself, that it the machine would need to be licensed separately?  Or would it be covered by the same number of cores as our SQL Ent + SA?


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