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  • Blog Post: HPC Services for Excel Video

    We've put together a really slick video which goes through what the HPC Services for Excel does and why it's useful. All in less than 5 minutes! The production values are great and it introduces the feature in a way that's interesting and easy to follow. If you're even casually interested in how Excel...
  • Blog Post: Loading Excel Add-Ins at Runtime

    When automating Excel, the Excel.exe process should be started using the '/automation' switch. This is done automatically when creating a new Microsoft.Interop.Excel.Application object, however if you want to keep track of the Excel processes created you may have to create the Excel process and then...
  • Blog Post: Excel on HPC Resources

    We have a new one-stop shop for all the HPC Services for Excel documentation and training. The Windows HPC and Microsoft Excel Survival Guide has everything from high-level overview and training to how-to guides and code samples. Check it out!
  • Blog Post: Workbook Offloading Versioning Plan

    In Microsoft HPC Server 2008 R2, we offer HPC Services for Excel 2010. As part of this feature, we provide a framework for running Excel workbooks on a cluster through the ExcelClient component. As this is a developer framework which we expect to support in future versions of HPC Server, we have developed...
  • Blog Post: Why can't I open two workbooks with the same name??

    This is a pop-up that's sparked multi-minute-long rants which always result in a profanity-laden diatribe against seemingly arbitrary rules in general and Microsoft in particular. When I joined the company, it was with a mandate to figure out why this is the case and fix it. I'm happy to report that...
  • Blog Post: Testing Access to Excel Workbook

    One of the common problems people may run into while offloading a workbook across a cluster is making sure that all the compute nodes can see the workbook. When the workbook is simply inaccessible (not deployed or shared), this is very clear from client error messages. However, if only a subset of the...
  • Blog Post: Excel Workbook Offloading Beta Transition Guide

    Excel Workbook Offloading Beta Transition Guide The Beta 2 release of Windows HPC 2008 R2 that was made available this past spring included the first public release of a feature allowing developers to take a computationally intensive workbook, add some VBA code, and run it on a cluster entirely within...
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