Configuring Power BI Personal Gateway As A Service Account

UPDATE 22/01/2016: Workaround for this published by BI a while back, have redocumented and posted here.

Community post on setting up Power BI’s Personal Gateway to run as a service account.

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Configuring the Power BI Service Account

1. Setup an account in your Active Directory Environment with the below credentials.


Full Name: Power BI Personal Gateway
Username: SVC_PowerBIPG

    2. Once the account is setup, add the user to the administrators on the server which you are going to install the Power BI Personal Gateway too.

    3. Assign the account any relevant permissions to data sources.
    4. Assign the service account a Power BI Pro license and mailbox. (This will take some time to set everything up). 

    Note: It requires a mailbox as Power BI will email the account if any schedules stop working.

    5. Optionally – Set a forwarder on the mailbox to an account which will monitor for failures.
    UPDATE 22/01/2016: Workaround for this published by BI a while back, have redocumented and posted *** here ***.

    Installing the Power BI Personal Gateway Client

    1. Sign into Power BI and download the Personal Gateway.

    2. Sign into the Server as the Power BI Service Account, then install and configure the portal as normal.
    Note: Install the Power BI Gateway can be optionally changed to program files

    Installing the Power BI Personal Gateway Service

    UPDATE 22/01/2016: Workaround for this published by BI a while back, have redocumented and posted here.

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