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PowerPivot Technical Diagram: PowerPivot Security Architecture

Just in case you didn’t already know, we just uploaded the PowerPivot Security Architecture technical diagram on to sqlcat.com / MSDN.  To get access to the PDF, XPS, and/or VSD files, please click through to: http://sqlcat.com/whitepapers/archive/2010/08/17/powerpivot-technical-diagram-powerpivot-security-architecture.aspx

 PowerPivot Security Architecture

Enjoy!

[Note, this is cross posted from dennyglee.com in its entirety]

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Working with the 2010 Office ACE provider

By powerpivotgeek (dwickert@microsoft.com), on August 18th, 2010

Ok. I’ve promised some best practices – here is my first one.

What is the 2010 Office ACE provider and why is this important to PowerPivot? The 2010 Office System Driver for Data Connectivity Components (aka the Office ACE provider) is a OLE DB provider that can be used to read data from and write data to Office 2010 system files such as Microsoft Access Beta (mdb and accdb) files and Microsoft Excel 2010 (xls, xlsx, and xlsb) files. You can also use it to access text files.

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What is a “snapshot” when you enable client-side tracing

By powerpivotgeek (dwickert@hotmail.com), on August 2nd, 2010

In getting ready for a recent internal presentation on PowerPivot, I was asked what this button actually does . . . (see below)

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The primary purpose for the settings page is to setup diagnostic tracing.

Continue Reading: What is a “snapshot” when you enable client-side tracing

Don’t forget your Central Admin when creating AAM entries

By powerpivotgeek (dwickert@hotmail.com), on August 2nd, 2010

(my thanks to Dan English http://denglishbi.spaces.live.com/ for the solution in this post)

Dan’s system failed trying to bring up the Workbook Activity or Server Health workbooks as part of the PowerPivot Management Dashboard in Central Admin. The error was: “The file that you selected could not be found. Check the spelling of the file name and verify that the location is correct”. The file was there; he could be seen it using WebDAV “\\ServerName@CAPort#\PowerPivot Management\<guid for service application>\1033\Workbook Activity.xlsx” or the UI:

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If running on Windows Server, make sure you have ‘Desktop Experience’ feature turned on

By powerpivotgeek (dwickert@microsoft.com), on July 12th, 2010

Oh the joys of SharePoint again. I just responded to an internal posting where someone was raising the issue that “Path not found” errors were being reported when Excel Desktop tried to publish a workbook to SharePoint. Again, this isn’t PowerPivot directly, but it can be reported as a PowerPivot problem if the workbook contains PowerPivot data.

Continue Reading: If running on Windows Server, make sure you have ‘Desktop Experience’ feature turned on 

Using a SharePoint list as a data source

By powerpivotgeek (dwickert@microsoft.com), on July 12th, 2010

So . . . here I am playing around with PowerPivot to get ready for a demo. As this is a group from the SharePoint dev team (actually SharePoint Online), I wanted to include some cool SharePoint functionality into the demo. Trying to be cool and ‘wow’ them, I decide to use a SharePoint list as a data source. I want to show the data mashup capabilities of PowerPivot so I have the bulk of my demo come from the Contoso sample database (the three product catalog tables) and the 4 million row Sales Fact table.

I create my SP list by extracting the 11 distinct manufacturers – and I assign them to a ‘shipper’ that I made up.

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Incoming emails to a PowerPivot Gallery

From time to time you run into something on SharePoint that is a known SharePoint ‘issue’, but you wouldn’t necessarily see PowerPivot being impacted. After all SharePoint is this huge juggernaut of a product and PowerPivot is just this one small little app in the corner. Well, here is one that I ran into today. We had a bug report that the incoming email setup for a PowerPivot Gallery was missing the ‘incoming emails’ link –> after some searching, I found this interesting posting:

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