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  • Blog Post: Released: Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server

    Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server (KerberosConfigMgr) was released on May 15 th 2013, and is available for download at the Microsoft Download Center at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39046 . This diagnostic tool can help to troubleshoot Kerberos-related configuration...
  • Blog Post: Refreshing PowerPivot Data in SharePoint 2013

    In SharePoint 2013, Excel Services comes with numerous improvements. One of the most significant for PowerPivot is the ability to refresh data models interactively all the way from the original data sources. Unlike Excel Services in SharePoint 2010, which only queries data models but doesn’t refresh...
  • Blog Post: Poster Download: Microsoft Business Intelligence at a Glance

    Over recent months, we had a lot of fun creating a Microsoft BI poster for SQL Pass and SharePoint Conference. As the title suggests, the poster shows the most important technologies in the Microsoft BI stack at a glance, arranged in various layers from the data sources all the way up to the client applications...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Analysis Services Deployment Modes

    SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services (SSAS) supports three different deployment modes: Multidimensional, Tabular, and SharePoint. You can choose the deployment mode during Setup, as the following figure illustrates. The SharePoint deployment mode is implicitly chosen on the Setup Role page when you install...
  • Blog Post: Verifying the SharePoint 2013 Configuration for Accessing Workbooks as a Data Source from Within the Farm

    My previous blog post, “ Verifying the Excel Services Configuration for PowerPivot in SharePoint 2013 ,” discussed steps to verify that Excel Services can load workbook data models on an out-of-farm PowerPivot server running SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP3 Analysis Services (SSAS) in SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Verifying the Excel Services Configuration for PowerPivot in SharePoint 2013

    In SharePoint 2013, Excel Services natively supports core PowerPivot functionality. This is an important improvement over previous releases. Without requiring an extra installation of PowerPivot components in the farm, users can interact with workbook data models in the browser. You only need to register...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the BI Light-Up Story for SharePoint 2013

    Ideally, you can find the Microsoft BI stack in every SharePoint farm across the enterprise so that users can seamlessly share their BI solutions with each other. In the real world, however, BI is only one of many SharePoint scenarios, albeit a mission-critical one. It is not uncommon for IT organizations...
  • Blog Post: Supporting Multiple PowerPivot Versions

    Since the release of SQL Server 2012, users can choose between two different versions of PowerPivot for Excel: SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012. Both PowerPivot versions are free of charge, but the 2012 add-in includes more features than its predecessor and offers several improvements to the user...
  • Blog Post: Removing VSTO-Based Customizations from a PowerPivot Workbook

    This article is a follow-up on a previous blog post titled “ How to Build a VSTO-Based PowerPivot Workbook ,” which discussed some of the advantages and disadvantages of building PowerPivot workbooks by using VSTO. A key VSTO advantage is that you can bring data from virtually any source...
  • Blog Post: Exploring the PowerPivot for SharePoint Configuration Tool

    The PowerPivot Configuration Tool included in SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 is undoubtedly a great new utility for SharePoint administrators. This tool doesn’t just enable you to configure or upgrade PowerPivot in a SharePoint farm. It takes PowerPivot configuration to a whole...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Mapping Data to the World in a PowerPivot Workbook

    Last week I came across a stunning PowerPivot solution that visualizes research data on top of a world map, as illustrated in the following screenshot. What’s particularly stunning about this solution is that it works even in the browser despite the fact that Excel Services doesn’t support...
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