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what is best way to install Power BI in a scripted install

02/24/2020 439 views

what is best way to install Power BI in a scripted install. Have tried using exe file put fails

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This is really an easy task.
1. download the full exe
2. install it on a test system
3. do an inventory on the test system
4. create a Managed Install
4.1 use override default installation and enter the full commandline (as an example: powerbi.exe -silent ACCEPT_EULA=1 ) with all customizations you need. If you run the exe with an invalid addition (ie powerbi.exe -showmemore or -help) it shows you a popup with all valid customizations you can choose. Please be aware, that the tool may need additional software to be installed before.

Answered 02/24/2020 by: Nico_K
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Apologies, Nico, but your way involves *major* faff!

Power BI's EXE ultimately extracts an MSI. Use that! I can't recall where it extracts it but using Task Manager with the 'command line' column visible when the EXE stops at the 'Welcome' screen will show you its location.

And, as an aside to the OP, " Have tried using exe file [put] but fails" tells us precisely zero. FFR, you need to specify *exactly* what fails. Does the EXE run? Does it run but produce an error message? Does it produce a log file? What did that tell you? Lastly, as you're now going to use the MSI, ensure that you add the "verbose logging" argument to your command line. I'll let you research how to do that but will hint that there's no need to apply a Group Policy, it can be specified on the command line.

Answered 02/25/2020 by: VBScab
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