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Configuring a BI infrastructure: Hands-on labs

SharePoint 2010

Published: May 26, 2011

This series of articles gives you hands-on experience configuring the various business intelligence services available in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. This involves configuring a SharePoint Server 2010 farm in an isolated test environment and then walking through a series of labs to complete the exact procedures necessary to configure the various business intelligence service applications.

This series includes labs for configuring:

  • Excel Services

  • Visio Services

  • PerformancePoint Services

In each case, there is a lab for configuring the service application and its associated accounts and additional labs for configuring data access.

The first part of this series of labs is a set of labs to create the baseline environment on which the other labs build. This includes creating the SharePoint Server 2010 farm and configuring the Secure Store Service and creating a Business Intelligence Center.

The baseline environment is built by using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology. Although you could build the environment by using other virtualization technologies or physical hardware, those options are not discussed in these labs.

To build the baseline environment, you need a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V enabled.

note Note:

Instructions for configuring Hyper-V are included in case you have not already configured it.

The computer that you use for the baseline environment must have at least 8 GB of RAM and 100 GB of free disk space. Additional RAM will improve performance, as will distributing the virtual machines across multiple physical disks.

Important Important:

The labs in this series give you hands-on experience configuring the business intelligence offerings in SharePoint Server 2010 by using an isolated Hyper-V test environment. These labs should not be used to create a production deployment of SharePoint Server 2010 on Hyper-V. For information about how to deploy your production SharePoint Server 2010 farm by using Hyper-V, see Use best practice configurations to prepare the Hyper-V environment (SharePoint Server 2010).

To get started with the labs, see Create a baseline environment for a BI test environment.

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