Many large and mid-size organizations have IT teams that install and maintain the network servers. Typically, administrator privileges are reserved for members of the IT team and are not granted to end users. Consequently, if a member of say, the Finance team needed to install PerformancePoint Server, the lack of Admin privileges would prevent them from accomplishing this.

Other Microsoft IT products require explicit and sometimes special Administrator accounts to permit installation.  For instance the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 installation recommends that a special Administrator account be created to install this IT product. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 also requires exclusive Administrator roles for installing and accessing the databases.

A user that wants to install PerformancePoint Server must be a member of the Administrators group or have the requisite permissions granted explicitly by an Administrator of the server computer.

PerformancePoint Server setup and configuration interacts with the registry, files within the system drive, the Program Files area, as well as with supported versions and editions of SQL Server. An end user lacking the requisite permissions cannot make changes to any of these areas. Administrator privileges can be decreased or revoked from the PerformancePoint Server installer when the installation is complete.

If you need details of the various Microsoft server installation and maintenance roles and privileges check the following sites:

·         PerformancePoint Server Planning Server, “Using Planning Server roles

·         PerformancePoint Server Monitoring Server, “Monitoring Server roles and security

·         Office SharePoint Server, “Plan for administrative and service accounts

SQL Server, “Setting Up Windows Service Accounts