Claiming admin rights for a new Power BI account


While at BAPass ran into a couple of folks that couldn’t log into Power BI and a couple that while they could log in couldn’t get to the admin portal –despite them being the only PowerBI user in the company so i decided to take a look at the log in and claiming ownership to a new PowerBI/Office 365 Tenant.   While modifying the DNS record may not be allowed for a normal user, the steps were pretty easy and very straight forward.

 

Step 1.  Navigate to PowerBi.com and click “Get started free” –NOT “Sign in”

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Step 2.  Select the “Power BI” –which selects the service

 

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Step 3. Log in with a corporate account. 

 

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Step 4. Validate the invitation mail that was sent. If the account already has a backing AAD it simply log you in.

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5.  Accept the invitation mail

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6. Login to the newly created “Shadow” Office365 Tenant.

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7.  If needed invite some of your coworkers

 

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Step 8.  You now have a shiny new Office365 Tenant!…Unfortunately it only comes with the free Power BI licenses.

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Step 9.  Claim ownership/admin rights by clicking on the Admin tile (see image above)

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Step 10.  Copy the TXT value that you will need to modify your DNS record with.

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Step 11.  (optional) Review the documentation on modifying the TXT records.  In this case i am using GoDaddy which DISABLES PowerBI in their Office365 offering!  So if you want to use PowerBI and admin it yourself you must not buy their Office…you must let it created for you like I am doing in this blog post.

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Step 12.  (GoDaddy specific) Navigate to the GoDaddy Admin portal.

 

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Step 13 (GoDaddy specific) Go to the domains and add TXT record copied in step 10.

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Step 14. Tada…You are now the admin for this new and free Office365 Tenant.

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Step 15.  Wile you are the owner there is still some house keeping for security

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Step 16.  Wile you are the owner there is still some house keeping for security

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Step 17.  Wile you are the owner there is still some house keeping for security

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Step 18.  In the admin Portal i can do all the admin tasks such as create new users, assign licenses, access PowerBI usage reports

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