How to start debugging a PowerPivot for SharePoint installation issue

By Lee Graber (, 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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