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Even if upgrading your Power BI Report Server is straight forward, I have been asked many times where to find the installation files and how to run it that I thought a blog is worth it.

Before you start

Before upgrading your Power BI Report Server it is recommended to perform some backup steps.
  • Back up the encryption keys
  • Back up the report server databases

Back up the configuration files (in the default installation location folders)

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Power BI Report Server\PBIRS\ReportServer

  • Rsreportserver.config
  • Rssvrpolicy.config
  • Web.config

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Power BI Report Server\PBIRS\ReportServer\bin

  • Reportingservicesservice.exe.config

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Power BI Report Server\PBIRS\RSHostingService

  • config.json
  • RSHostingService.exe.config

Download the latest version

Most of the time searching for download the latest Power BI Report Server version you will land to this site: As I was asked several times, I found useful to mention to select “Advanced download option” to find the download site.

Notice the Power BI Version available, then click download

Select the install files you want. I always advice to select both the server and the desktop version at the same time and to distribute the desktop version to your report developers to avoid surprises later when publishing the report on the portal

Upgrade the report server

Execute PowerBIReportServer.exe you downloaded Click on “Upgrade Power BI Report Server Accept the license terms and click Upgrade

When the upgrade is competed, you can close the application

Check if the version has been installed correctly either using the Power BI Report Server configuration manager…

…or directly within the web portal.

Be aware that if you do not see the new version installed, restart the upgrade process, you will be probably requested to restart your computer before.


  • Maykon Silveira says:

    Hello Christophe!

    Our company is developing some reports and publishes it on PowerBI report server. The currently server version is 15.0.1102.646 and PowerBI Desktop installed on that server is 2.73.5586.1501 64-bit (setembro de 2019). My question is, either may I upgrade PowerBI Desktop to last version, without upgrading the server version or my PowerBI Desktop should be the same as server?


    • Christophe Cosme says:

      Hi Maykon,

      You have always to ensure that the reports are developed using the same or lower version than your Power BI Report Server to avoid compatibility issues when publishing the reports on the portal.

      I hope this helps.


  • Vivek Kadam says:

    Does previously deployed reports work without any issue?

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Christophe Cosme
Christophe Cosme

Senior Consultant