1. Introduction - PowerPivot and PowerView for SharePoint 2013 & SQL 2012 in a Scale out environment

There are many great articles that talks about deploying PowerPivot and PowerView. Very few focus on the complete steps start to finish for deploying a multi-tier BI farms for PowerPivot and PowerView. I will focus on this scenario in this article and I will also highlight few issues that you might run into and how you address them.

Products versions

Since there are a lot of Microsoft products involved in this setup, I thought it would be helpful to determine which versions of these products I wrote my article about:

  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2012
  • Windows Server 2012

Server architecture

To achieve the minimum level of high availability you need to have at least two servers under each role. We have 4 different roles:

  1. Web Application Role: SharePoint web application servers (aka WFE)
  2. Application Server Role: SharePoint application servers (aka App Servers)
  3. BI Application Server Role: SQL Server Analysis Services for PowerPivot servers
  4. Database Role: SQL Database servers 


This is the first article of a series I'm writing that covers different aspects of the topic:


  1. Introduction --> You are here
  2. Hardware requirements and sizing [Coming soon]
  3. Software requirements [Coming soon]
  4. Database storage requirements [Coming soon]
  5. Install and configure PowerPivot & PowerView in a scale out environment
  6. Known issues and workarounds