Running PowerView without SharePoint : not recommended & not supported but that works

I run across the following blog post yesterday from Jean Pierre Riehl (French SQL Server MVP).

In his post, Jean Pierre illustrates how to run PowerView (provided with SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services) without SharePoint; basically the idea is to copy the PVrendering.dll  (the PowerView dll) from a SharePoint installation into a folder named SandBoRX in System32, and in SRRS web.config file to provide a new bindingassembly:

For more details read the following post (in French), but you can still apply the details of the picture to the SSRS web.config file.

Even if that works technically (bravo Jean Pierre), take it with a grain of salt : this is not supported by Microsoft. Now one of the reason we use SharePoint in the context of BI is that SharePoint provides many tools for governing your documents (and yes a report is a document) & document stores, like versioning, alerts, security, approval workflows,…

We don’t recommend it; BI guys, you will have to learn and use SharePoint and this is just a beginning…

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