What’s New in PerformancePoint SP2?

Correction: My badly titled post suggested this was the list of fixes rather than new features.

Unless the read-mes (Planning and Monitoring) are still being updated, there’s no real surprises in terms of new features in Service Pack 2 for PerformancePoint Server.  More about the fixes in the Knowledge Base (KB958291 KB960815)

Planning

Addition/Change

Description

Support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V™

You can now use PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2 with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

Hyper-V creates new opportunities for server virtualization. You can use Hyper-V to make more efficient use of system hardware and host operating system resources to reduce the overhead that is associated with virtualization.

For more information, see the PerformancePoint Server 2007 Hyper-V guide.

Monitoring

Addition/Change

Explanation/Description

You can now use SQL Server 2008 with PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2.

Important: To use SQL Server 2008 with PerformancePoint Server, you must install PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2 before you install SQL Server 2008.

You can now use the Show Details action on PerformancePoint reports that use data that is stored in SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services.

Show Details enables dashboard consumers to right-click in a cell or on a chart value and see the transaction-level details for that value.

PerformancePoint Server 2007 with SP2 now supports Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

Hyper-V creates new opportunities for server virtualization. You can use Hyper-V to make more efficient use of system hardware and host operating system resources to reduce the overhead associated with virtualization.

For more information, see the PerformancePoint Server 2007 Hyper-V guide (http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9639690).

You can now use Dashboard Designer on a computer that us running .NET Framework 3.5 alongside .NET Framework 2.0.

You must install .NET Framework 2.0 before you install .NET Framework 3.5.

You can now use PerformancePoint Server with domains that have apostrophes in their names

In previous versions of PerformancePoint Server, when a domain name included an apostrophe, the configuration tool failed for both Planning Server and Monitoring Server.

Scorecard key performance indicator (KPI) queries are improved.  

Timeout errors no longer occur with scorecard key performance indicators (KPIs) that use data that is stored in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services.

Time Intelligence Post Formula filters now display the correct number of days for each month.

In previous versions of PerformancePoint Server, the calendar control for Time Intelligence Post Formula filters sometimes displayed 31 days for each month. This is no longer the case.

Time Intelligence filters now work on scorecard KPIs that use data that is stored in Analysis Services

In previous versions of PerformancePoint Server, some Time Intelligence expressions caused filters that were linked to KPIs to fail.

For example, when a compound expression such as (Day-7:Day-1) was used in a Time Intelligence Post Formula filter and that filter was linked to a KPI, an error message occurred. In PerformancePoint Server 2007 PS2, single and compound Time Intelligence expressions work with KPIs that use data that is stored in Analysis Services.

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