Error Creating Power View sheets from SSAS Tabular in an Azure VM RRS feed

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  • I am getting a strange error when creating Excel 2013 Power View sheets off an Analysis Services (SSAS) Tabular instance running on an Azure VM in the cloud. Here is the error:

    Sorry, something went wrong while loading the model for the item or data source ' Tabular Model'. Verify that the connection information is correct and that you have permissions to access the data source.

    The weird thing is that I can successfully create normal connected PivotTables from it; I only get the error when I try to make Power View sheets. Which would lead me to believe I am connecting to a multidimensional SSAS database, but I am not. Here are some things I have tried already:

    • Forwarded the default SSAS port 2383 in Azure and opened it in windows firewall (this allowed me to browse the cube with connected PivotTables)
    • Ensured my login has permissions on the SSAS database (I am not using windows authentication)
    • Checked the SSAS Tabular compatability version, it is 1103
    • Checked the SSAS Tabular SSDT project compatability level, it is also 1103
    • Made sure SQL Server Browser was running (I read somewhere that might be an issue)
    • Tried opening port 80 and 443 in case those were needed for something, didn't help...
    • Tried monitoring Excel's port usage to see if it was trying other ports, couldn't see anything besides 2383
    • Sucessfully connected to an intranet SSAS Tabular database (compatibility level 1101) and created a Power View sheet from it (which means there shouldn't be anything wrong with my Excel client)

    Here are some details of my setup:


    • Windows Server 2012
    • SQL Server 2012 SP1
    • SSAS Tabular default instance (compatability level 1103)


    • Windows 8
    • Excel 2013 (15.0.4426.1017) MSO (15.0.4454.1002) 32-bit

    Update (2/12/2013): I installed Excel 2013 on the server and can successfully create Power View sheets connected to the Tabular database. This implies that my tabular SSAS instance is setup just fine, but the problem still exists when trying to create sheets through the internet.

    Update (2/15/2013): I updated my Excel to 15.0.4454.1503 with Windows Update to no avail. I had a coworker successfully connect with a slightly older version of Excel 2013. I am totally stumped. I also attempted installing a fresh copy of Excel on a VM that I updated to v 15.0.4454.1503 and it was giving me the same error.

    • Edited by Jondlm Friday, February 15, 2013 11:22 PM information update
    Monday, February 11, 2013 10:43 PM

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