BizTalk Server 2013 R2: Installation and Configuration – Install Microsoft Office Excel 2013 (Part 5)

Posted: January 8, 2015  |  Categories: Administration BizTalk

This next posts will focus on installing the BizTalk prerequisites and perform the necessary configuration on the BizTalk Server machine.

Before installing BizTalk Server or its prerequisites, make sure you have installed the latest critical Windows updates from Microsoft.

Install Microsoft Office Excel 2013

Microsoft Office Excel is required for using the Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) feature in BizTalk Server. You will use the BAM Office Excel Workbook to define the business processes you want to monitor and you will also use the BAM Excel Workbook to define the way in which business users see the data collected by BAM.

Important Note: BizTalk Server 2013 R2 supports only 32-bit version of Microsoft Office.

The following procedure installs only Microsoft Office Excel. You can install additional Microsoft Office system applications and tools if you wish, but they are not necessary to complete the installation of BizTalk Server.

Important Note: To successfully load BAM.xla into Excel, you will need to install the “Visual Basic for Applications” option under “Office Shared Features. Otherwise, you may get the error “This workbook has lost its VBA project, ActiveX controls and any other programmability-related features.”

To install Microsoft Office Excel:

  • Insert the Microsoft Office installation disk into the DVD-ROM drive.
  • On “Read the Microsoft Software License Terms” screen, select “I accept the terms of this agreement” and click “Continue”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 office 2013 read microsoft software license terms
  • On “Type of Installation” screen, select Custom Install, and then click “Next”.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 office 2013 type installation
  • On “Custom Setup” screen, ensure that:
    • Microsoft Excel option is selected.
    • And the “Visual Basic for Applications” option under Office Shared Features is select.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 office 2013 custom setup
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 office 2013 custom setup office shared features
  • And then click “Install Now”.
  • On “Setup Completed” screen, click “Finish”.

After installing the office Excel and tools I like to do a Windows update, this step is not necessary.

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Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

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