The Data Management Gateway is a client agent that provides access to on-premises data sources in your organization. You must have at least one gateway installed in your corporate environment and register it with the Power BI for Office 365 Admin Center portal before creating data sources in the portal.
The Power BI Admin Center lets you create multiple gateways, and download and install gateways on multiple on-premises computers. For example, you may choose to have one gateway per each department and assign all the data sources in a department to the gateway dedicated to that department. The gateway(s) installed in your organization must be connected to the Data Management Gateway service in the cloud for the clients to access on-premises data sources registered with the Admin Center.
An administrator first creates a gateway in the Admin Center, downloads the installation package for the gateway, installs the gateway, and configures the gateway. For detailed steps, see Create a Data Management Gateway.
When an administrator installs a Data Management Gateway on an on-premises computer, a tool called Data Management Gateway Configuration Manager is installed on the computer. The administrator can use the tool to configure the gateway in the following ways:
- Register the client gateway with the Data Management Gateway service in the cloud by using a valid gateway key from the Admin Center.
- Start or stop the Windows service that provides the Data Management Gateway with management and data access services.
- Specify whether OData feeds exposed by data sources registered with the Admin Center can be accessed via HTTP/HTTPS protocol.