Performance Point SP2 and SQL Server 2008

Well, given the break over Christmas I have finally managed to get round to some testing.  This has begun with getting PPS SP2 set up on our development environment, running solely on SQL Server 2008 and Windows 2008.

To test it fully I have removed everything from our test environment and started from scratch.  Note that to install the latest version of SQL Server 2008, you must have Visual Studio SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1 installed. If however, you do not have .NET 3.5 SP1 installed, the installation process will attempt to install it.

To install PerformancePoint you may need to use the SKIPREQCHECK command to ensure it will install. I installed all the planning components to ensure I could test all aspects fully.  DO NOT run the configuration of any of these planning components until you have applied SP2.

Now install PPS SP2, ensuring you run all of the installers contained within the executable.  Unfortunately the prerequisites check still does not seem to recognize later versions of the SQL components that are required, I had difficulty with ADOMD.NET, which still requires version 9 SP2, and even after installing version 10 from the SQL Server 2008 feature pack, it still didn’t work.  This is an issue as it is required for two of the main components of PerformancePoint Planning:

  • Planning Process Service
  • Planning Web Service

I found that the December 2008 SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack did the trick (can be found here), and allowed configuration of all four planning components.

Having installed PPS SP2 however, it still seems as though I can not get PerformancePoint to connect to Analysis Services 2008.  The connection information does not fill me with joy, when is specifically mentions Analysis Services 2005.

It is Christmas, so I will do some more investigation and see if I can get past this issue, before the new year.  More to come soon.