Access the Monitoring Central Console
With Monitoring Server configures, I can launch the Monitoring Central Console (Start → All Programs → Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 →Monitoring Central).
|Figure 36. PerformancePoint Server Monitoring Central Page: When this page appears, click Run to download the Dashboard Designer.|
The console opens (see Figure 36
). I click the Run button to download the Dashboard Designer.
The download is approximately 13MB. When the Security Warning download window opens, I click Run. When the process completes, the Microsoft PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer opens (see Figure 37).
|Figure 37. PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer: Here's the Dashboard Designer interface as it first appears after installation.|
|Figure 38. SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio: BIDS uses Visual Studio 2005 as the client interface.|
Next, I'll fire up Business Intelligence Studio (Start → Programs → Microsoft SQL Server 2005 → SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio). That opens Visual Studio 2005 (see Figure 38
Optional: Check for Updates on the Server
Finally, it's a good time to check for updates, because I just installed so many new components. I right-click on My Computer, click on Properties, select the Automatic Updates tab, and then click on "Windows Update Web Site." I choose the Custom option and the site scans for updates.
Finally, I click on "Review and install updates," and then "Install Updates."
As a final step I always find it helpful to review what Control Panel's "Add or Remove Programs" feature shows for installed components. Figure 39 shows the entire list, without updates.
|Figure 39. Add or Remove Programs: The figure shows all the installed components.|
As you can see, if you carefully work your way through the prerequisites list, making sure the prerequisites are installed and running properly, you shouldn't have much trouble completing the Monitoring Server installation.