300px-Opening_crawlA long time ago, but not in a galaxy too far away…actually, just in Redmond, WA,… there was A NEW HOPE for easier PowerPivot for SharePoint installations! Smile

So hats off to the Analysis Services product team for building an easier PowerPivot for SharePoint installation by providing us with the “New Server” installation choice.    Yet, even with the easier installation steps, it is important to make sure you do the steps in the right order and have the correct prerequisites installed to make it a smooth installation experience.

During the CTP (Community Technology Preview) process, a number of us had got together to create the PowerPivot for SharePoint installation guides.  We had created a set of draft copies that were available at http://powerpivotgeek.com/server-installation/single-server-install/. Ultimately, a great installation guide is also found in the How to: Install PowerPivot for SharePoint on a New SharePoint Server.

But there is always the ask to create a guide with pictures and/or video – which I have to admit makes things a lot easier to read and install at the same time.  Because of this, there are two new very useful tools to help out:

1) PowerPivot for SharePoint: Single Server Installation Guide – This guide contains the installation steps plus plenty of screenshots to help make the install steps a little easier.

2) PowerPivot for SharePoint: Single Server Installation Video – This video is created by the illustrious PowerPivotGeek – i.e. Dave Wickert.  Informing and enjoyable at the same time!

Hope this makes your PowerPivot for SharePoint Single Server Installation more enjoyable!….or at least less painful, eh?!

Enjoy…or not Winking smile