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What Power BI report server is, and how to create reports through it
Part five of a five-part series of blogs

Puzzled as to why there are two near-identical versions of Power BI Desktop? Wondering if web portal is anything like Power BI report server? Confused as to what a paginated report is? This blog answers all these questions, and more!

  1. Power BI Report Server
  2. Installing and Setting Up Power BI Report Server
  3. Creating paginated reports
  4. Publishing Power BI reports to Power BI Report Server
  5. Creating mobile reports for Power BI Report Server (this blog)

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 December 2020

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Creating mobile reports for Power BI Report Server

In addition to paginated and Power BI reports, you can also create reports designed to be viewed on a mobile phone or tablet through Power BI Report Server.

Installing Mobile Report Publisher

You can create a mobile report from within Power BI Report Server in the same way as for paginated and Power BI reports:

Inserting a mobile report

Choose the option shown above to insert a mobile report.

If you don't have Mobile Report Publisher installed on your computer, you'll need to install it:

Get mobile report publisher

Click on this button to start the installation process.

You will be taken to this webpage, where you can click on the Download button to download the necessary installation file:

Download Mobile Report Publisher

Click to start your download.

When this has finished, click on the downloaded installation file to run it:

Installation file

Here's what you'll see in Edge, for example.

 

After four confirmation screens, you'll be asked to choose a location for the software:

Software location

If you're read this far, you won't be surprised that I'm choosing the default location.

After confirming you want to proceed, you'll see a status message:

Status message

Reassurance that all is going to plan ...

At the end of this your software will be installed.

Creating a new report

You can now create a new mobile report as shown at the top of this page:

Mobile Report Publisher design

Mobile Report Publisher is a strange-looking software application!

Saving your report

When you've finished creating your mobile report, you can save it:

Save mobile report

Click on the icon shown to save your report.

 

Choose to save your report to your report server:

Save to server

Choose the option shown.

You can now give your report a name:

Naming your report

Here I've called my report Takings by genre.

This report is based on almost the same data source as the other two reports we've seen so far in this blog.  The difference is that a mobile report can only connect to Excel or to a data source saved on your report server, so I wasn't able to connect directly to my SQL Server database containing movies data.

Viewing mobile reports

Having created and saved a mobile report, you can press F5 in Mobile Report Publisher to view it:

Viewing a mobile report

You can click on any mobile report to view it.

 

You're obviously more likely to do this on a mobile phone or tablet!

Here's what you see for our example:

Report on report server

How my humble report looks when viewed on report server.

And that concludes this long look at Power BI Report Server!

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