Being a Data Platform guy, I thought it was time for me to have a look at Power BI to be able to have a better understanding of what this is and how it can be beneficial. I know there are some great resources out there for you to learn Power BI. However, Power BI dashboards provide a 360-degree view for business users with their most important metrics in one place, updated in real time, and available on all of their devices. With one click, users can explore the data behind their dashboard using intuitive tools that make finding answers easy. edit button to change this text.
There are two ways to start the download process: Go to the Power BI Desktop webpage and click the download button or click the download button located under the down-arrow tab in the online Office 365 version of Power BI. Either way will download an .msi file to your PC. Run that file once the download is complete.
After accepting the license agreement, you will be able to choose where you want to install the application. In most cases, the default location will be adequate. The installation process will take about a minute, depending on your PC and network connection.
Downloading and Installing Power BI Desktop:
For us to get started looking at this tool the first thing we need to do is go to the PowerBI.microsoft.com link –
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-desktop-get-the-desktop and download the installation media.
Now that we have downloaded the installation media we can choose where we want to install the Desktop and the process is quick and simple. In my environment I am installing this onto 1 of my local servers so that I am able to play and become familiar in my demo environment and not cause any trouble.
1. Double click on PBIDesktop_x64.msi | On the Welcome window, Click Next
2. Accept the licensing agreement, Click Next
3. Choose where you wish to install to (I have kept the default), Click Next
4. Choose if you wish to create a desktop icon or not, Click Install
5. Wait a couple of minutes while the install happens
6. Choose to Launch the tool if you have a data source ready, Click Finish
7. Nearly ready. Just doing some initialization
8. Ready to start playing with this new tool.