PerformancePoint Server (PPS) 2007 SP3 now available
Posted by denglishbi on October 16, 2009
Yesterday afternoon Service Pack (SP) 3 for PerformancePoint Server was finally released. I had been posting about some hotfixes that have been release since SP2 that have fixed some issues with support for SSRS 2008 Native Mode and some other minor fixes when exporting items to Excel and interacting with analytical items when you open them in new windows – More PerformancePoint Server 2007 Hotfixes Available, PerformancePoint Server 2007 Hotfixes Available and Build List, and PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer ‘Unable to connect to server’ with SSRS 2008.
The upgrade instructions for going from SQL Server 2005 to 2008 or simply going with SQL Server 2008 still mention the CU9 SQL Server 2005 components, not sure why. I think it is mainly because the SP2 for PPS came out just before SP3 did for SQL Server 2005. At a minimum you need CU9, but I would simply go with the SP3 components which are available on the SQL Server 2005 December 2008 Feature Pack site. And they have also included the information about installing the Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable 2008 pack which was needed after upgrading to PPS SP2. This wasn’t needed if you already had the full blown Visual Studio 2008 installed. The version that Microsoft includes in the documentation links is also old, in April 2009 there was a SP1 release that I would recommend instead, but at a minimum you need to have this installed – Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 SP1 Redistributable. I had made mention of this in the forums after SP2 first became available.
Here are the links to the downloads
And here are the links for the upgrade instructions
Here is the link for the updated SP3 online documentation – Service Pack 3 for Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007
Here is a list of what is new since SP2 for the Monitoring and Analytic portion that I am aware of from the hotfix links, currently the SP3 readme file and KB articles are not available online to get any additional information yet:
And according to the PerformancePoint Team’s blog posting yesterday – Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 3 is released!
- For Monitoring & Analytics customers, SP3 offers improved usability, with better handling of zone adjustments, scrolling, and filtering and improved messaging. SP3 also provides better integration with Excel Services, SharePoint Server, and ProClarity.
They also mentioned that SP3 is available for ProClarity Analytical Server and the documentation states that it is supported on Windows Server 2008 R2 and the instructions are included on configuring this. I am wondering if this is the same for PPS SP3. They don’t make mention of this from what I have seen, but maybe that will be included in the ReadMe once that is online – PerformancePoint Server SP3 Readme along with the KB article that isn’t available yet KB975250.
ProClarity 6.3 SP3 was released on October 9, 2009
- Download sites: ProClarity Analytics Server 6.3 SP3 (ENU), ProClarity Desktop Professional 6.3 SP3 (ENU)
- ProClarity 6.3 SP3 documentation: ProClarity SP3 Readme and ProClarity SP3 Hardware and Software Requirements
I am interested to see what changes have been made to the usability with PPS SP3. The posting by the PPS Team was really vague, but I guess they are more focused on the PerformancePoint Services right now. Guess we will just have to install it and check it out.
So for now download and enjoy the SP3 which has been finally made available. SP3 will bring you up to build version 3.0.4414.00 (which is a big jump from 3.0.4318.00 which was the latest hotfix that I had posted about and am running).
UPDATE (10/16/2009): I just installed SP3 for PPS M&A and it brings you up to build version 3.0.4417.00, not 3.0.4414.00 as stated in the online documentation – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc656688.aspx. I will probably be doing another posting today or this weekend in regards to SP3 for PPS M&A.