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Installing Dashboard Designer for PerformancePoint Server (PPS)

Posted by denglishbi on January 23, 2010

On a few occasions I have been asked where the install is for the Dashboard Designer application that is used to create and deploy the PerformancePoint Server (PPS) 2007 elements.  This is a fair question because it would be a little confusing for someone that is new to the product.  This isn’t a typical installation that is found on the PPS installation disk like you would install ProClarity Desktop Professional, Excel, SQL Server Management Studio, Business Intelligence Development Studio, etc.

So where is the installation located and how do you install Dashboard Designer?

Dashboard Designer is a ClickOnce application and it is available to install after you have installed PPS Monitoring Server.  ClickOnce provides a way to install the application from a web page (in this case Monitoring Central) which then gets downloaded to the user’s workstation.  When you launch the application it is actually setup to check for updates on the server and provide you an option to install the latest version.

Once the server product has been installed for PPS you will be able to access the Dashboard Designer installation by going to the Monitoring Central web page which by default is http://servername:40000/Central


Once you have accessed the Monitoring Central web page you can either click on the Run button or the Download Dashboard Designer hyperlink.  This will launch the Dashboard Designer installation.


This is the point where a check will be performed to see if the application is already installed and if you have the latest version that is available on the server.  If the application is installed and is the latest version the application will be launched.  If not you will receive the message box above to run the installation.


Once the product has completed the installation it will then be launched.


At this point you will be able to verify which PPS web service you are connected to in the lower left-hand corner and also the version (build) number that you are working with in the lower right-hand corner.  In the picture above you will see that I am currently running SP3 of the product (PerformancePoint Server (PPS) 2007 SP3 now available).

Once this is installed you will also get a shortcut placed in your start menu located in the following location: Start—>All Programs—>Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007—>Dashboard Designer


And that is how you install Dashboard Designer for PPS which is not your typical installation process.

For reference, ClickOnce applications get installed in the following location by default — for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (or new version of the Windows OS) C:Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Apps\2.0 and in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 it would be C:Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\Local Settings\Apps\2.0.

4 Responses to “Installing Dashboard Designer for PerformancePoint Server (PPS)”

  1. Robin said

    My monitoring central web page is not at the address described above. How can I find it?

    • denglishbi said

      Are you using PerformancePoint 2007? Just want to verify that first. That is the default location for the install. You can check the address if you have access to the server by going into the start menu and you will find a shortcut to Monitoring Central in the ‘Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007’ folder in your ‘All Programs’. You can also check in the IIS Manager on the server to see how the PPSMonitoring site is setup (which port it is assigned to).

  2. anas said

    im using sharepoint 2010 , is there any version for it , thank you

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