Power BI Dashboards

This is part of a series on my preparation for the DP-900 exam. This is the Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals, part of a number of certification paths. You can read various posts I’ve created as part of this learning experience.

I don’t know a lot about Power BI. I’ve lightly hacked and played with it, but it has evolved and changed so quickly that I needed to dig into some concepts.

Power BI Dashboards are a part of what you need to know for this exam. Over the years, I’ve lightly made a few reports, but not dashboards, so this was an area I needed to study up on a bit, especially these concepts.

Dashboard Basics

A dashboard is different from a report. A dashboard is

  • a single page
  • available in the Power BI Service only (not Power BI Desktop)
  • composed of tiles
  • can use data from one or more reports, and more than one dataset
  • one dashboard can be featured
  • supports natural language queries
  • can’t see the underlying data, but can export data

Tile Sources

A tile can be from:

  • a report (a visualization)
  • another dashboard
  • an Excel workbook in OneDrive for business
  • Quick Insights
  • An on-premises paginated report from Power BI Server or SSRS

There can be standalone tiles for  images, text boxes, video, streaming data and web content.

These are a series of facts I think are important to understand about Power BI Dashboards

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