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Microsoft Business Intelligence VPC Release 7

Posted by denglishbi on October 11, 2008

So this past week I was at the MS BI Conference and finally got a copy of the MS BI VPC 7 release (July 23, 2008).  Still waiting on the actual publication of the files for the community wide download like releases 5.1 and 6.  The overview documentation has not been updated with the new items that were added, so I quickly went through and tried to pick out the new items and mark them below.


There were a couple of new demos that I wanted to point out in regards to IT and Hospitality.  The IT demo has a nice overview and service level dashboard to take a look at:



And the Hospitality one has quite a few pages and here is a screenshot of the executive dashboard page:


I just thought this one was interesting since I worked in the casino industry for over ten years and it is kind of neat to get other points of view on how people like to analyze the data and take a look at the cubes that were designed.

The VPC is still running on Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 and has a time bomb expiration of December 4, 2009 (same password as before – pass@word1).  Hopefully it will be available soon for everyone to download, so until then this will give you a sneak peek. 

If you are going to be using these VPCs I would definitely recommend running it on an external USB drive, give it about 1.5 to 2GB of memory, and when you are done using it close the VPC with the ‘save state’ option from the Action menu within the virtual PC (this will speed up the start time for when you want to use it the next time since everything will already be loaded).

UPDATE: If you are looking for the download you can check my more recent blog posting about MS BI VPC R7.1 – Microsoft Business Intelligence VPC Release 7.1

5 Responses to “Microsoft Business Intelligence VPC Release 7”

  1. Mark Garner said

    Heard any more on this being published?

  2. Dan said

    Haven’t heard anything about it being released to the public yet. Sorry. I keep watching the MSDN downloads daily, but nothing yet. The last one was buried on a partner site.

  3. Frenk said

    I wonder when we can expect a AllUp BI VPC with SQL Server 2008?

  4. Dan said

    That would be nice. I am hoping that the next release version 8 will include all of the 2008 products since SP2 for PPS 2007 is coming out later this month which will provide full support for SQL 2008. Hopefully the next release will include Windows Server 2008 and SQL 2008.

  5. ALEX said

    Where on MSDN would it be located?

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