Create Power BI Embedded capacity in the Azure portal

This article walks through how to create a Power BI Embedded capacity in Microsoft Azure. Power BI Embedded simplifies Power BI capabilities by helping you quickly add stunning visuals, reports, and dashboards to your apps.

Before you begin

To complete this quickstart, you need:

  • Azure subscription: Visit Azure Free Trial to create an account.

  • Azure Active Directory: Your subscription must be associated with an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) tenant. Also, you need to be signed in to Azure with an account in that tenant. Microsoft accounts aren't supported. To learn more, see Authentication and user permissions.

  • Power BI tenant: At least one account in your Azure AD tenant must have signed up for Power BI.

  • Resource group: Use a resource group you already have or create a new one.

Create a capacity

Before creating a Power BI Embedded capacity, make sure you have signed into Power BI at least once.

  1. Sign into the Azure portal.

  2. In the search box, search for Power BI Embedded.

  3. Within Power BI Embedded, select Add.

  4. Fill in the required information and then click Review + Create.

    Screenshot shows the Basics tab of the Power B I Embedded page to create new capacity in the Azure portal.

    • Subscription - The subscription you would like to create the capacity against.

    • Resource group - The resource group that contains this new capacity. Pick from an existing resource group, or create another. For more information, see Azure Resource Manager overview.

    • Resource name - The resource name of the capacity.

    • Location - The location where Power BI is hosted for your tenant. Your default location is your home region, but you can change the location using Multi-Geo options.

    • Size - The A SKU you require. For more information, see SKU memory and computing power.

    • Power BI capacity administrator - An admin for the capacity.


      • By default, the capacity administrator is the user creating the capacity.
      • You can select a different user or service principal, as capacity administrator.
      • The capacity administrator must belong to the tenant where the capacity is provisioned. Business to business (B2B) users cannot be capacity administrators.

Next steps