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PerformancePoint 2007: Installing Planning Server : Page 4

Building more intelligent dashboards for businesses is a great idea; however, getting the software installed can be a showstopper. Find out how to install Planning Server, one of several installations required to get PerformancePoint working.

Installing Planning Server (continued)
  1. On the Analysis Services setting screen I leave the Analysis Server location (see Figure 12) as the default ABCSQL01. Click Next.
Figure 12. Planning Server Configuration Manager: Choose the SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) instance.

  1. The Service and Application Pool Identities page asks me to specify an account to use as the service identity for the Planning Process Service, which is also used as the Application Pool identity for the Planning Web Site and for the Planning Administrator Console. I decide it's probably best to create an account for this purpose, because it's good practice to avoid using a local administrator account for these more specialized roles. So I create a SQLPlan account in Active Directory and use that (see Figure 13). I Click Next.
Figure 13. Planning Server Configuration Manager: Specify the user account for the service identity. This account will also be used as an Application Pool identity.
Figure 14. Planning Server Configuration Manager: Define a system log location, and enable auditing and/or trace logging.

  1. On the System Logs page, I leave the default path on the C drive, and leave "Enable auditing" and "Enable trace logging" checked (see Figure 14). For a real world configuration you'd most likely change to path to the logs drive. Click Next.
  1. On the Port Configuration page, I uncheck "Require SSL connections to all Planning Server Web Sites" because this is just a test lab, and I don't want to go through the bother of getting and installing an SSL certificate and this should simplify the configuration process (see Figure 15). I choose some more memorable port numbers for Planning Web Server (41000) and Planning Administration Console (42000) and then click Next.
    Figure 15. Planning Server Configuration Manager: Enable SSL connections if needed, and set ports for Planning Web Server and Planning Administration Console.
    Figure 16. Planning Server Configuration Manager: This screen provides validation of the previous settings.

  3. A quick validation happens, as shown in Figure 16. Click Next.
  4. The next screen is the confirmation screen, so I review my settings briefly and click Configure. This takes a couple of minutes, and there's an attractive spinning progress wheel to watch, and then I see the "Configuration completed successfully" note, and the click Close.
That phase of the installation appears to be done. A click of the Start button and glance at the All Programs menu shows a new Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 entry, which contains links to documentation and the Planning Server Configuration Manager (which is what I just went through).

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