Power BI Paginated Reports


Paginated reports are designed to be printed or shared. They're called paginated because:

  • They're formatted to fit well on a page.
  • They display all the data in a table, even if the table spans multiple pages.
  • They're also called pixel perfect because you can control their report page layout exactly.

💡 A major advantage of paginated reports is their ability to print all the data in a table, no matter how long. In long tables you can scroll to see all data. On a printed PDF however you would only see the rows of the current page.

🤔 Which use cases do paginated reports serve?

You need Paginated report when:

  • Your table consists of multiple pages, e.g.
    • ... a printed document for performance review.
    • ... a long list of lost calls.
  • You need a recurrent snapshot view of your service KPIs (daily/weekly/monthly) ...
    • ... to be sent via mail to various recipients.
    • ... saved into shared folder (Sharepoint or OneDrive).


Luware provides the following Power BI Files. Contact Luware Support or your Customer Success Specialist to get the latest version.

Description Filenames
Power BI Template / Report

Nimbus.pbit / Nimbus.pbix

✅ When using a Template (.pbit), please add your connection parameters and credentials and perform a basic query. Afterwards, save it as a .pbix report, as it will use considerably lower RAM/CPU than a template.

Paginated Reports
  • Nimbus_ServicePerformanceOverview.rdl
  • Nimbus_UserPerformancePerMonth.rdl
  • Nimbus_LostCallDetails.rdl
Legacy Template


💡 A special variant to support users coming from our existing LUCS/TM products → As standalone "Nimbus" user you can refer to the "Power BI Template" instead.

 Learn more...

Legacy Template Use cases

Legacy support is available for LUCS/TM versions 3.5+

  • DB versions:
  • 6.13.0007

Example BI Template with both Nimbus and legacy data combined

💡Note: Service names from legacy data sources have original GUIDs and "legacy_"  prefix names, as shown highlighted here.

You may need this template in 3 scenarios:

  1. Two active Systems - You have a working legacy system (LUCS/TM) and a new Nimbus tenant. You want see legacy and Nimbus reporting services side-by-side.
  2. Completed Migration - You've recently migrated all your services from legacy system to Nimbus tenant. You want see reporting collected by LUCS/TM and Nimbus side by side.
  3. Using just the Template - You have only Nimbus services, but you want to continue using the Nimbus Power BI template with Legacy adapters.

🔍 Refer to the → Parameters below for further notes on each scenario.

Report parameters

The legacy template contains a set of additional parameters for connecting to the LUCS or Team Manager SQL Server database.

Parameter Data Type Description
Append_Legacy boolean if TRUE legacy data is appended, if False legacy data isn't appended
Legacy_MonthLimit integer Number of Month back from today to be imported from legacy database
Legacy_ServerName text SQL Server FQDN including instance
Legacy_DatabaseName     text Database name

Please note in regards to the 3 scenarios above:

  • For Scenarios 1 and 2 (Legacy and Nimbus still active) your Power BI needs unrestricted access to the SQL Server database of a legacy system.
  • For Scenario 2 (DB access only) active communication services (ICH, PS, CIC etc.) can be stopped. Only the SQL Server is required. The Connection string to a legacy system is based on report parameters Legacy_ServerName and Legacy_Database. The Append_Legacy parameter should be TRUE.
  • For Scenario 3 (Nimbus only, but keeping the legacy Template) the Append_Legacy parameter should be to FALSE. Other parameters are not considered and can be left blank.

Parameter settings in Power BI


How-To Steps

To use Paginated reports for Nimbus, perform the following steps:

Upload Report to Workspace

A published Nimbus report (Nimbus.pbix) is required as a data source for paginated reports. We use the same data model from the Power BI report for paginated reports, without any modifications.

🔍 See here how to Publish to Power BI service. This step can be skipped if you already published your Power BI report to a workspace before.

Setup connection from paginated report to Power BI service dataset

🔍After the publishing process your paginated report will need to obtain data from the Power BI service. To make this work you need to setup a connection between them.

  1. Start the Power BI Report Builder application
  2. Open the paginated report file
  3. Sign in with your Microsoft account      
  4. Navigate to Report > Data > Data Sources > Nimbus
  5. Select the Power BI Dataset.

Run and test the paginated report locally

✅ To test the connection you may want to run a paginated report locally first, directly using the Report Builder application.

  1. Click on Run
  2. Browse to the paginated report
  3. Click on Export:
    1. Check if the export to PDF file works and is satisfactory      
    2. Check the printout from within Report Builder

Publish to Power BI Service

💡 The biggest advantage of publishing report to Power BI Service is automating delivery of paginated report files via email or to a shared folders using subscription function.


Using this feature requires a Premium/Premium per User license. These cost are outside of Luware scope and your Nimbus licensing.

→ Refer to the official Microsoft Power BI Premium documentation for details.

  1. Navigate to File > Publish > Power BI Service    
    2.Select a Premium Workspace. → Look for the diamond icon Power BI Premium capacity diamond icon next to the workspace name.    
    3. Give your report descriptive name  
    4. Click on Save    
    5. Check that your report is now available at the Power BI web Site app.powerbi.com

Browse report in Power BI Service

  1. Open the report
  2. Browse within the report to test data fields and connections
  3. Check if It is possible to export the paginated report to a PDF file

Paginated Report subscription

🔍 You can set up Email-subscriptions for either yourself or others in order to directly access paginated reports in the Power BI Service.

→ Refer to: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/consumer/end user-subscribe



When your report is published into a "premium per user" workspace, keep the following limitations in mind (see Microsoft FAQ): 

  • You may only create subscriptions to Email-addresses inside your organization.
  • Recipient Email addresses outside of your organization can only be added for reports or dashboards backed by Premium capacity.   
    → In order to avoid this limitation you may use a Power flow with "Email" action, or save a Power BI paginated report to OneDrive for Business.
  1.  Open report and click on Subscribe button   
    2. Click Add New Subscription
  2. Specify subscription options:
  3. Report parameters
  4. Recipients list
  5. Email subject
  6. Report file name
  7. Delivery schedule
  8. Save subscription

Additional Notes on Subscriptions


  • You don't need edit permissions to the paginated report to create a subscription for yourself. However you must have edit permissions to create a subscription for someone else. If you have at least a "Contributor" role in the workspace where the paginated report is situated, then you can create subscriptions for others. 🔍 Read more about Roles in workspaces.
  • Unlike subscriptions for dashboards or Power BI reports, your subscription contains an attachment of the entire report output. The following attachment types are supported: PDF, PowerPoint presentation (PPTX), Excel Workbook (XLSX), Word Document (DOCX), CSV file, and XML.
  • You may include a preview image of the report in the email body. This is optional, and may differ slightly than the first page of your attached report document, depending on the attachment format selected.
  • The maximum report attachment size is 25 MB.
  • You can subscribe other users to paginated reports that connect to any currently supported data sources, including Azure Analysis Services or Power BI datasets. Keep in mind the report attachment reflects the data based on your permissions, just as SQL Server Reporting Services does today.
  • Email subscriptions can be sent with either the currently selected or default parameters for your report. You may set different parameter values for each subscription you create for your report.
  • If your report author has set expression-based parameters (for example, the default is always today's date), the subscription uses that as the default value. You can change other parameter values and choose to use current values, but unless you explicitly change that value as well, the subscription uses the expression-based parameter.
  • There is no "Data Refresh" option for frequency with paginated reports. You always get the latest values from the underlying data source.

🔍 Refer to: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/consumer/paginated-reports-subscriptions


Report delivery using Power Automate

💡If you have a Power Automate license you may use it to deliver you reports to multiple different destinations e.g. SharePoint and OneDrive folders, Emails outside your organization.

An example flow creation is described below.


You can use Microsoft Power Automate to automatically create and mail paginated reports based on rules and conditions of your choice. Power Automate offers a "Per User per Month" subscription model.

✅ A subscription is needed to create a cloud flow to send out paginated reports to recipients of your choice. Refer to https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/.

💡 You may specify an unlimited number of email addresses with one per-user license.

Note that pricing and feature scope may change as imposed by Microsoft. Luware does not control these factors, nor offer 3rd-party support for any BI-related hosting services.


Create a Scheduled Flow

  1. Go to https://us.flow.microsoft.com
  2. Head to "My flows - New Flow"
  3. Select “Scheduled cloud flow
  4. Specify flow name and recurrence schedule and press “Create

Create Export File Step

  1. Add new step “Export To File For Paginated Reports
  2. Configure step for paginated report you are going to subscribe:
    1. Workspace
    2. Report
    3. Export Format
    4. You may also specify parameter values, in order to do this you go to parameters section specify parameter name and parameter value.

Configure email step

  1. Add new step “Send Email notification
  2. Configure the "recipient email addresses".
  3. Expand advanced options and configure
    1. Attachment - File Content
    2. Attachment File Name - File name, e.g. “Report.pdf

Test your flow

  1. Don't forget to test if your flow is working correctly, especially when you add special trigger conditions.
  2. Check your email to see if the report is attached correctly.

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