What is Power BI administration?
Power BI administration is the management of a Power BI tenant, including the configuration of governance policies, usage monitoring, and provisioning of licenses, capacities, and organizational resources. This article provides an overview of administration roles, tasks, and tools; and links to articles that go into more detail.
Power BI is designed for self-service business intelligence, and the administrator is the guardian of data, processes, and policies in the Power BI tenant. A Power BI administrator is a key member of a team that includes BI developers, analysts, and other roles. The administrator can help support an organization to make sure that critical goals are met:
- Understand the KPIs and metrics that users actually need
- Decrease the time to delivery for IT-led corporate reporting
- Increase adoption and return on investment from a Power BI deployment
The job is to make business users productive and ensure security and compliance with laws and regulations. Responsibilities may include help and support and, in many cases, assisting business users to do the right thing.
Administrator roles related to Power BI
There are several roles related to Power BI administration, which are covered in the following table.
|Type of administrator||Administrative scope||Power BI scope|
|Office 365 Global Administrator||Office 365||Can manage all aspects of a Power BI tenant and other services.|
|Office 365 Billing Administrator||Office 365||Can acquire Power BI licenses through Office 365 subscriptions.|
|Power BI Service Administrator||Power BI tenant||Has full control over a Power BI tenant and its administrative features (except for licensing).|
|Power BI Premium Capacity Administrator||A single Premium capacity||Has full control over a premium capacity and its administrative features.|
|Power BI Embedded Capacity Administrator||A single Embedded capacity||Has full control over an embedded capacity and its administrative features.|
Global Administrators in Office 365 or Azure Active Directory have administrator rights in Power BI. An Office 365 Global Administrator can assign other users to the Power BI Service Administrator role, which grants administrative rights over Power BI features only.
Power BI Service Administrators have access to the Power BI admin portal which includes various tenant-level settings regarding functionality, security, and monitoring. Service Administrators have full access to all resources of a Power BI tenant. In most cases, Service Administrators identify issues and then follow up with the resource owners to take corrective actions.
The Power BI Service Administrator role does not grant the ability to assign licenses to users or view audit logs in Office 365. Therefore, the task of administering Power BI cannot currently be performed by users who are solely members of the Power BI Service Administrator role.
Administrators perform many tasks to support the Power BI tenant for their organization, which are covered in the following table.
|Task area||Typical tasks|
|Manage the Power BI tenant||
|Acquire and assign Power BI licenses||
|Manage Premium capacity||
|Manage Embedded capacity||
|Ensure compliance with internal policies, laws, and regulations||
|Manage Power BI resources||
|Provide help and support to tenant users||
There are several tools related to Power BI administration, which are covered in the following table. Administrators typically spend most of their time in the Power BI Admin portal and use other tools as necessary.
|Power BI Admin portal||
|Office 365 Admin Center||
|Office 365 Security & Compliance Center||
|Azure Active Directory (AAD) in the Azure portal||
|Administrative APIs and SDK||
We hope this article gave you some quick insights into the job of the Power BI administrator, and the specific roles, tasks, and tools that are involved. We recommend the follow articles topics to deepen your understanding.
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