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Chapter 6: Capacity and Deployment Planning
Capacity and
Deployment Planning
Chapter 2 provided guidance for installing the Evaluation Server and some example Excel Services
scenarios. This chapter shows what is possible through other, more advanced deployments. The
topic of capacity planning for Excel Services is covered in the second half of this chapter.
In this chapter, you do the following:
Learn about various Excel Services topologies
Discover how Excel workbooks can affect system capacity
Learn how authors and consumers of workbooks can impact capacity
Identify the focus points behind capacity-planning decisions
Learn about Excel Services capacity-planning concepts
Learn about configuration settings that impact capacity
Choosing a Deployment Topology
A Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) deployment consists of three essential server roles:
database, front-end, and application. Both the front-end and the application server roles can be
further subdivided by the MOSS services typically comprised by each role. The supported topologies
are, for the most part, characterized and distinguished by the distribution of the three roles across
the computers in the deployment. The capacity expectations could dictate that all that is needed is
a single server to host all of the roles. The other extreme is possible where multiple servers will be
used to support each of the roles.
You must consider a number of factors when deciding which type of deployment to pursue. The
focus of this chapter is on Excel Services, but your deployment may also need to take into
consideration the other services being provided by MOSS, as well as the effect those services will have on
your topology. The performance and capacity of an Excel Services deployment will be affected by
how you intend to leverage it. The “Capacity Planning” section of this chapter explores the factors
that you need to consider when deploying Excel Services.
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