Planning Analytics Spreadsheet Services Explained
IBM has just released Planning Analytics Spreadsheet Services (PASS) version 2.0.55. In this post we will discuss what it is, what it replaces, when you need to update it and how to get it. It is version 2.0.55 so it is in sync with the other Planning Analytics installation kits.
What is Planning Analytics Spreadsheet Services?
PASS is a direct replacement for installation files of TM1Web. TM1Web was included in the server installation files of each version of Planning Analytics Local up until 126.96.36.199. From version 188.8.131.52, TM1Web is no longer included with the server installation of Planning Analytics Local. It needs to be installed separately.
What does it Replace and Why?
Planning Analytics Spreadsheet Services replaces TM1Web. The primary reason for this are that TM1Web has much more affinity with Planning Analytics for Excel and Planning Analytics Workspace. It therefore it makes sense that it is released alongside those products so they are kept in sync, rather than waiting for the more infrequent release of the core TM1 server updates.
How do I get Planning Analytics Spreadsheet Services?
PASS is available on IBM’s Fix Central.
Do I need to Uninstall TM1Web?
Apparently not. During the installation of Planning Analytics Spreadsheet Services, IBM say that the old TM1Web services will be set to manual and PASS will be installed in a new folder and will run in its own service.
Do PASS, PAW and PAX Need to be in Sync?
Absolutely. We have a full explanation of keeping Planning Analytics for Excel, Planning Analytics Workspace and Planning Analytics server in sync here. The bottom line is that they should be kept in sync!
IBM’s Support Q and A
IBM have a more detailed explanation of all this on this knowledge base article. In addition to what we have covered here, it also discusses APAR’s, Fixes, pmpsvc, TM1 Applications and SSL.
How to Install PASS?
If you are looking for installation instructions for PASS, please see this post.