Microsoft Power BI Environment is a business analytics solution for powerful data capture and visualization within organization as well as sharing it by embedding in apps or websites.

This step-by-step guide explains how to setup and monitor standalone Power BI Environment resources using CloudMonix.

In this article

1. Monitoring setup

2. Collect, understand and use your data

    2.1 Metrics

    2.2 Alerts

    2.3 Actions

3. Setup verification and troubleshooting

Did you know?

CloudMonix provides advanced monitoring metrics and features for Power BI Environment resources. Noteworthy:

  • CloudMonix receives data by querying Power BI REST APIs
  • pre-configured metrics: available capacities, available gateways, available imports, reports count, resource status
  • alerts on non-active capacities and resource outages


a. Add a new Power BI resource:

Click the Add New button in the top right corner of your dashboard:

Add new resource

b. Fill in required information in the Definition tab:

Definition tab provides settings for the resource name, Power BI Credentials, Power BI application ID, configuration template and categories:

Definition settings

Best Practices

Configuration Template setting provides pre-defined configuration templates available in CloudMonix by default as well as previously stored custom templates. See predefined template for Power BI Environment for reference.

Definition tab for an existing resource can be accessed by clicking the resource's monitoring settings in the performance dashboard:

Resource monitoring settings

c. Advanced configuration:

Advanced configuration

Advanced configuration tab provides additional monitoring settings, which are already set as default for most use-cases.

Collect, understand and use your data

Specific Metrics, Templates, Alerts and Automation Actions for Power BI Environment:

Power BI Environment Settings

a. Metrics:

Diagnostic data points retrieved from the monitored resource are referred to as metrics. CloudMonix provides default templates for the metrics recommended for common configurations. Metrics can be further added, removed or customized in the Metrics tab of the Power BI Environment resource configuration dialog:

CloudMonix Power BI Environment monitoring metrics

b. Alerts:

CloudMonix features a sophisticated alert engine that allows alerts to be published for very particular conditions pre-defined by a template configuration or custom based on any of the available metrics. Alerts can be further added, removed or customized in the Alerts tab of the Power BI Environment resource configuration dialog:

CloudMonix alerts for Power BI Environment resources

c. Actions:

Actions are automation features that can be configured to fire based on specific conditions or schedule. Actions can be added and configured in the Actions tab of the Power BI Environment resource configuration dialog:

Automation allows executing actions on specified conditions. While Power BI Environment resource itself doesn't support any actions on its own, CloudMonix provides the possibility to execute calls to custom API endpoints as well as execute Azure Functions, Runbooks and WebJobs on other resources.

CloudMonix Power BI Environment resource automation

Setup verification and troubleshooting

a. Setup verification:

Successful resource setup can be verified by clicking Test button in the resource configuration dialog and visiting the Test Results tab:

Monitoring setup test results

b. Troubleshooting monitoring issues:

CloudMonix provides deep insights into resource monitoring issues via the Status Dashboard screen. The screen allows to overview resources that have raised alerts and troubleshoot them by diving into the monitoring logs.

Status dashboard

Read the full article on how to use Status Dashboard to diagnose resource monitoring issues.