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PerformancePoint Server (PPS) 2007 SP2 now available

Posted by denglishbi on December 8, 2008

Service Pack 2 for PPS 2007 is finally here and available for download along with the documentation.  Check out the PerformancePoint Server 2007 Help and How-to Home Page for all of the information, downloads, and documention as far as the enhancements go.  We now get full support for SQL Server 2008, support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V (PerformancePoint Server SP2: Hyper-V is supported), and Time Intelligence filter improvements.

Planning Server SP2 Readme

Monitoring and Analytics SP2 Readme

Management Reporter SP2 Readme

ProClarity 6.3 SP2 Readme (this was released last week – hotfix 2217: ProClarity 6.3 SP2 is now available and for more details refer to the ProClarity Teams Blog site)

Here are the download links (thanks to Jeremy Kashel – PerformancePoint SP2 Released!):

PerformancePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (x86)

PerformancePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (x64)

Make sure you take a look at the Readme files for additional known issues and workarounds too.  Very useful information and tips.  Here is a snapshot of the Monitoring and Analytic changes (for Planning the only addition listed in the Readme file was the Hyper-V support).  

What’s new in PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2?

PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2 includes the following changes and additions to PerformancePoint Monitoring components:

Addition/Change

Explanation/Description

You can now use SQL Server 2008 with PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2.

Important: To use SQL Server 2008 with PerformancePoint Server, you must install PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2 before you install SQL Server 2008.

You can now use the Show Details action on PerfomancePoint reports that use data that is stored in SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services.

Show Details enables dashboard consumers to right-click in a cell or on a chart value and see the transaction-level details for that value.

PerformancePoint Server 2007 with SP2 now supports Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

Hyper-V creates new opportunities for server virtualization. You can use Hyper-V to make more efficient use of system hardware and host operating system resources to reduce the overhead associated with virtualization.

For more information, see the PerformancePoint Server 2007 Hyper-V guide (http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9639690).

You can now use Dashboard Designer on a computer that us running .NET Framework 3.5 alongside .NET Framework 2.0.

You must install .NET Framework 2.0 before you install .NET Framework 3.5.

You can now use PerformancePoint Server with domains that have apostrophes in their names

In previous versions of PerformancePoint Server, when a domain name included an apostrophe, the configuration tool failed for both Planning Server and Monitoring Server.

Scorecard key performance indicator (KPI) queries are improved. 

Timeout errors no longer occur with scorecard key performance indicators (KPIs) that use data that is stored in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services.

Time Intelligence Post Formula filters now display the correct number of days for each month.

In previous versions of PerformancePoint Server, the calendar control for Time Intelligence Post Formula filters sometimes displayed 31 days for each month. This is no longer the case.

Time Intelligence filters now work on scorecard KPIs that use data that is stored in Analysis Services

In previous versions of PerformancePoint Server, some Time Intelligence expressions caused filters that were linked to KPIs to fail.

For example, when a compound expression such as (Day-7:Day-1) was used in a Time Intelligence Post Formula filter and that filter was linked to a KPI, an error message occurred. In PerformancePoint Server 2007 PS2, single and compound Time Intelligence expressions work with KPIs that use data that is stored in Analysis Services.

PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2 includes the following changes and additions to PerformancePoint Planning components:

Addition/Change

Description

Support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V™

You can now use PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2 with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

Hyper-V creates new opportunities for server virtualization. You can use Hyper-V to make more efficient use of system hardware and host operating system resources to reduce the overhead that is associated with virutalization.

For more information, see the PerformancePoint Server 2007 Hyper-V guide.

Make sure you refer to the Readme file for all of the requirements to use SQL Server 2008 with PerformancePoint too, very important since it relies on quite a few SQL Server 2005 items that you can download from the Feature Pack (Using PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2 with SQL Server 2008).

Just to let you know, not all of the content and links have been posted to the TechNet library, so be patient.  Enjoy!

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