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Walking through Installing PowerPivot Add-In–Quick Snack

April 18, 2012 Leave a comment

I built a data vault.  Maybe I should empower folks to get some benefit from it?  Got this little narrow table.  It goes pretty deep (39,759,718 records so far).  Figure the PowerPivot tool set would be a good way to share the wealth.

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First I went here: PowerPivot Add-in

Then scrolled to the bottom and downloaded the 64bit install.

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While there is a “Run” option when you click the link, personally, I prefer the download method.  It’s only 121 mb so not too bad.

So it’s loaded and ready, I checked off the pre-reqs..

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Went through the standard boilerplate and accepted the EULA.

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Gave the install program permission and away it went.  Then it was time to click finish and… nothing… no restart needed.  It might have been nice to have a “Start Excel” after install option but hey, it worked.  Fired up Excel and now I get:

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So now what?  Yes there are instructions but I want to see if it is fairly intuitive.  I click on the PowerPivot tab and look at my options.

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Mostly greyed out and there isn’t a “new” or “create” item so my guess would be “PowerPivot Window”.  A new Window opens up with the “Get External Data” section.  So far so good.

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So, back to my 39 mil record table.

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Definitely SQL Server.  Gave it the Server Name and chose to use windows authentication, then selected the particular db to use.

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Good to go…

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Accepted the default, chose the table and went on to Finish.

After 30 seconds…

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and a few minutes later…

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Pretty cool.  I’ll stop with this and continue on with the next Snack.

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