Archive for January, 2010

Create a #PowerPivot report filtered by the Top X Users by (Part 3 of 3)

This blog posting is a continuation of previous post, Create a #PowerPivot report filtered by the Top X Users by (Part 1 of 3), where I had created an Excel Named Set based on the Top 10 Users by Events as noted in Figure 1.  What is handy about using named sets is that it will only render the top 10 rows as opposed to the millions of rows of users this data set has.  While it is easy to show the Top 10 users, it is not straightforward to filter by those Top 10 users because Excel Named Sets cannot be used as a filter.  Example reports with  this type of business logic include “most common hospital departmental systems that the top 10 users are accessing” or “what are the most watched TV programs of the top 10 markets (i.e. cities)”.

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Figure 1: Top 10 Users by Events using an Excel  Named Set

In the second blog posting of this series, Create a #PowerPivot report filtered by the Top X Users by (Part 2 of 3), I showed how to filter by this same named set in a static fashion.    In this third part of this blog series, let’s figure out how to filter by a named set in a dynamic fashion.

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Reading your #PowerPivot Profiler trace

To help troubleshoot your PowerPivot for Excel workbook, you can click on Settings within the PowerPivot selection in the Office Ribbon which will bring up the Support & Diagnostics tab within the PowerPivot Options & Diagnostics dialog.  Click on the checkbox next to “Client tracing is enabled” and after opening the PowerPivot window, you will have a trace recorded on your desktop.

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What database support is needed for #PowerPivot

By powerpivotgeek (dwickert@microsoft.com), on January 29th, 2010

I get this question a lot and I thought that it was a good one to address here in the blog.

If you look at the PowerPivot for SharePoint architecture, you know that we use several SQL Server 2008 R2 components within the architecture, but how about SharePoint itself . . . What RDBMS does PowerPivot with SharePoint 2010 use? and does it need to be R2?

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Create a #PowerPivot report filtered by the Top X Users by (Part 2 of 3)

This blog posting is a continuation of previous post, Create a #PowerPivot report filtered by the Top X Users by (Part 1 of 3), where I had created an Excel Named Set based on the Top 10 Users by Events as noted in Figure 1.  What is handy about using named sets is that it will only render the top 10 rows as opposed to the millions of rows of users this data set has.

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Figure 1: Top 10 Users by Events using an Excel  Named Set

 While it is easy to show the Top 10 users, it is not straightforward to filter by those Top 10 users because Excel Named Sets cannot be used as a filter.  Example reports with  this type of business logic include “most common hospital departmental systems that the top 10 users are accessing” or “what are the most watched TV programs of the top 10 markets (i.e. cities)”.

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Create a #PowerPivot report filtered by the Top X Users by (Part 1 of 3)

January 27, 2010 by dennyglee
I was recently working with a customer to help them solve an interesting PowerPivot problem where they had wanted to get the Top 10 users within their data set and create reports based on that.  One approach is to create a rank function within PowerPivot as noted in a Rank function thread on the SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot for Excel forum?  Another way is to create a Pivot Table where the UserID was placed in the [rows] and the measure in question in the [data] area; and sort the data from largest to smallest.

How to start debugging a PowerPivot for SharePoint installation issue

By Lee Graber (leegr@microsoft.com), on January 22nd, 2010

A number of people have had issues with PowerPivot installation failures in CTP3. Hopefully, we have resolved all of these for RTM, but I can tell you that setup is still a bit tricky. To give you something of an understanding, the “New Farm” installation option is responsible for getting your machine up and running with as few steps from you as possible. It installs SQL Relational Engine & AS, then configures SharePoint using the newly installed Relational Engine, then configures AS integration with SharePoint. In can be especially tricky in the case of patching and so forth since technically speaking SQL Server does not have to be running to be patched but we cannot interact with SharePoint if SQL Server is not running. We have done a lot of work to try and get this right, but I am not foolish enough to think that there will be no issues. Any issues you hit should be reported to the appropriate forums and perhaps followed up with CSS if necessary, but to get you started on installation issues, this is what you want to look at:

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Could not load type ‘Microsoft.AnalysisServices.SharePoint.Integration.ReportGalleryView’.

By Lee Graber (leegr@microsoft.com), on January 20th, 2010

A number of people have hit this issue and so it deserves a quick walkthrough of why it (unfortunately) can happen and how you fix it.

The error occurs when you try to select a Document Library of type PowerPivot Gallery (sometimes referred to as Report Gallery). After installing Power Pivot for SharePoint, all new site collections you create have the option to create a new document library of this type and if you use the PowerPivot Site template when creating the site collection, we automatically add a library of this type (that is the main thing we do in this template).

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