Monday, August 22, 2011

Quick Essbase 32-bit on Win7 64-bit Installation Tip

I don't remember if I posted about it, but I have been using 64-bit Essbase on Win7 64-bit system for about 9 months now and have not encountered any significant issues.  Remember, this installation is on my laptop and is used only for my development purposes.   The 64-bit installation was very easy but, when I had my team testing installations on Win7 64-bit, they didn't have very much luck installing Essbase 32-bit in this environment.

This weekend, a blog reader reached out to me for help on installing 32-bit Essbase on Win7 64-bit but, unfortunately, I wasn't able to help him.  He emailed me today and told me he had found a solution!  The trick, apparently, is to run the installer from a 32-bit command prompt (which I didn't even know existed).  I did a quick search and found this tip/trick for running a 32-bit command prompt along with an explanation of how it works differently:

I haven't tried this approach yet but thought I would share it..  Thanks to reader Kevin Tate for this tip!


GP said...

What is the value of installing Essbase in 32bit mode. Why not take advantage of the processing power

Tim Tow said...

The only reason I can think of is to utilize less resources. After all, someone installing Essbase on a Win7 machine is installing it, hopefully, purely for dev purposes.


Karol said...


The answer is FDM.
If You want to install HFM and FDM on the same machine You will have to install 32Bit FDM and 32Bit Essbase client.