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Running Excel Services in a VM....doable?

  Asked By: Ashu    Date: Jan 18    Category: MOSS    Views: 1271

Is anyone running Excel Services as a VM? Our main WFE(2) and INDEX server are
all physical hardware, DELL. We would like to move Excel services off to its own
application server. Management would like to save $$$ by putting it on a VM.
Does anyone see a reason not to do this?



5 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Patrick Davis     Answered On: Jan 18

It is definitely doable.
How heavy much of a load is your Excel services putting on your servers?

Answer #2    Answered By: Alexander Rocha     Answered On: Jan 18

We are currently doing it. Our Excel Services Server puts little to no load on
our servers.

Answer #3    Answered By: Maggie Benson     Answered On: Jan 18

We haven't stood it up yet so we don't know what load to expect. [I always
thought Excel was part of the Office Web Applications suite.]

I think we are going to progress with the VM approach. Thanks for everyone that
chimed in.

Answer #4    Answered By: Lane Trujillo     Answered On: Jan 18

I know it's late, but yes you can. You can run all your servers as VMs (we
usually keep it on the app server for smaller farms with no problem at all).

Answer #5    Answered By: Rafael Willis     Answered On: Jan 18

Excel Services is a little different then the Excel Office Web Application.
Excel services is more about processing a spreadsheet on the SharePoint
server instead of your client workstation. Although it provides a user
interface its not really designed to be a substitute for Excel. Its
designed to provide the kind of number crunching that Excel can do for
Business Intelligence Apps in a SharePoint environment. There is a lot of
overlap, but they are designed for different needs.

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