Performance Point Planning Server can be setup on as a standalone server or single virtual machine for testing and development. In the last 8 months I have been involved in presenting demos and a couple of POC's (Proof of Concept). I run a full version on my laptop (DELL Latitude D620, 2GHz, 2GB RAM, Windows XP SP2) using a single virtual machine that runs on Virtual Server 2005 R2.
Although a standalone install is not recommended for a production environment (by standalone I mean installing all the software on one box including the client components and pre-requisites), it is ok for testing out the product or development (with small amounts of data). Before you install PerformancePoint Server and the client components on one server the following software must be installed:
- Windows Server 2003 SP1 (Standard)
- Windows Installer 3.1
- Microsoft .NET 2.0
- IIS 6.0
- Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0
- SQL Server 2005 SP2 (Standard)
Next, PerformancePoint server Identity account is setup. This is a regular user account (e.g. ppsplanning) and must be setup before installing the PerformancePoint Planning service . Now install the following PerformancePoint software:
- PerformancePoint Planning Server (PPLSrv.msi)
- PerformancePoint Planning Business Modeler (PBMCLi.msi)
- PerformancePoint Planning Excel Add-in (PPXLCi.msi)
I also recommend installing the following software on the same box:
- Microsoft Office 2007 (at least Excel & Word)
- SQL Server Management Studio
- Business Intelligence Development Studio
This configuration works well for a single virtual machine and the server does not have to be part of a DOMAIN it can be a WOKRGROUP.
You must have access to the Microsoft Connect site and be part of the PerformancePoint Server 2007 CTP2 program to download the software and documentation. This is just an overview of what is required to get up and running with the Planning software. For a more detailed explanation you should reference the PerformancePoint Server 2007 Deployment Guide which is also available for download on the Connect Site.
Troy Scott, CMA