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Installation of SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013
by Ahamed Fazil Buhari 2 Jan 2017
SharePoint Developer
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Hello everyone, in this article,let us see how to Install SQL Server PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013. The Business Intelligence features of SharePoint 2013 have a lots of moving parts, PowerPivot is one among that. Well, SQL Server PowerPivot for SharePoint is available in SQL Server 2012 SP1 disk or ISO file either Enterprise or the Business Intelligence edition. Please make sure you are having Service Pack 1.

SQL Server PowerPivot for SharePoint is not a SharePoint component, it's actually a SQL component. It's one of the modes of the SQL Server Analysis Services. This is why we're not going to find it on our SharePoint disk, we're going to find it on the SQL disk. We can install this on either SharePoint or SQL Server, it doesn’t matter. Here I’m going to install this in my SharePoint Server.

It is going to be a lengthy process. Let’s go ahead and install SQL Server PowerPivot for SharePoint,

Step 1: Go to you SQLServer 2012 Service Pack 1 setup folder and open the setup application


Step 2: It will open up the regular SQL Server Installation center and remember that we’re in SharePoint server and we have no instance of SQL on here. So, select Installation on left side panel and select New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation


Step 3: It will open and Setup Support Rules and please make sure everything has passed. Click on OK.


Step 4: In next window, we’re going to specify the Product Key. Here, I’ve selected the free edition and picked Evaluation version and click on Next.


Step 5: Accept the license terms and click on Next.


Step 6: Include SQL server product updates, if you want and click on Next.


Step 7: It will download if there’s any update and install it. It will take few minutes and after everything has setup then click on Install.


Step 8: It will go for Rule Check in Setup Support Rules. Here, we’ve got a warning message for “Windows Firewall” and to resolve that we need to add Inbound Rule in our Windows Firewall settings. You can refer my other article “Windows Firewall settings for SQL Server Analysis Service” to add Inbound Rule (port – 2383 is used for PowerPivot for SharePoint, because it’s a SQL Server Analysis Service mode) and click on Next

Step 9: In Setup Role, select ‘SQL Server PowerPivot for SharePoint’ and click on Next.


Step 10: In Feature Selection, click on Next.


Step 11: Check that the Installations Rules are passed and click on Next.


Step 12: In Instance Configuration, please make a note of Instance ID it should be POWERPIVOT and do not change its name and we cannot have two instance of PowerPivot with same Instance ID. We can have only one Instance ID, one instance for PowerPivot and it has to be named as POWERPIVOT, this is default. Click on Next


Step 13: Click on next for Disk Space Requirements and in Server Configuration step, specify the Service account for SQL Server Analysis Service. For your information – PowerPivot for SharePoint is a SQL Server Analysis Service mode (it’s better to use the service account which is used for SQL Server Analysis Service.)


Step 14: In Analysis Services Configuration step, we need add few admin accounts. Here, I’m adding the current user and other accounts like application pool account, business intelligence account, and farm account as per the need. Go ahead and choose Next.


Step 15: Click on next in Error Reporting step and in Installation Configuration Rules check whether the status of all the rules are passed and choose Next.


Step 16: Click on Install in Ready to Install step and it is going to take a little bit of time to complete the installation.


It may ask for system restart after successful installation of SQL PowerPivot.


PowerPivot for SharePoint has been installed successfully.

Happy Coding


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