Upgrade Power BI Report Server

Learn how to upgrade 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 On-premises reporting with Power BI Report Server.

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

Before you begin

Before you upgrade a report server, it is recommended that you perform the following steps to back up your report server.

Backing up the encryption keys

You should backup the encryption keys when you configure a report server installation for the first time. You should also backup the keys any time you change the identity of the service accounts or rename the computer. For more information, see Back Up and Restore Reporting Services Encryption Keys.

Backing up the report server databases

Because a report server is a stateless server, all application data is stored in the reportserver and reportservertempdb databases that run on a SQL Server Database Engine instance. You can backup the reportserver and reportservertempdb databases using one of the supported methods for backing up SQL Server databases. Recommendations that are specific to the report server databases include the following:

  • Use the full recovery model to backup the reportserver database.
  • Use the simple recovery model to backup the reportservertempdb database.
  • You can use different backup schedules for each database. The only reason to backup the reportservertempdb is to avoid having to recreate it if there is a hardware failure. In the event of hardware failure, it is not necessary to recover the data in reportservertempdb, but you do need the table structure. If you lose reportservertempdb, the only way to get it back is to recreate the report server database. If you recreate the reportservertempdb, it is important that it have the same name as the primary report server database.

For more information about backup and recovery of SQL Server relational databases, see Back Up and Restore of SQL Server Databases.

Backing up the configuration files

Power BI Report Server uses configuration files to store application settings. You should backup the files when you first configure the server and after you deploy any custom extensions. Files to back up include:

  • config.json
  • RSHostingService.exe.config
  • Rsreportserver.config
  • Rssvrpolicy.config
  • Reportingservicesservice.exe.config
  • Web.config for the Report Server ASP.NET applications
  • Machine.config for ASP.NET

Upgrade the report server

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

  1. Find the location of PowerBIReportServer.exe and launch the installer.
  2. Select Upgrade Power BI Report Server.

  3. Read and agree to the license terms and conditions and then select Upgrade.

  4. After a successful upgrade, you can select Configure Report Server to launch the Reporting Services Configuration Manager, or select Close to exit the installer.

Upgrade Power BI Desktop

After the report server is upgrade, you will want to make sure that any Power BI report authors upgrade to the version of Power BI Desktop optimized for Power BI Report Server that matches the server.

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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