Excel on HPC Resources

We have a new one-stop shop for all the HPC Services for Excel documentation and training. The Windows HPC and Microsoft Excel Survival Guide has everything from high-level overview and training to how-to guides and code samples. Check it out!


Workbook Offloading Versioning Plan

In Microsoft HPC Server 2008 R2, we offer HPC Services for Excel 2010. As part of this feature, we provide a framework for running Excel workbooks on a cluster through the ExcelClient component. As this is a developer framework which we expect to support in future versions of HPC Server, we have developed a comprehensive…


Why can’t I open two workbooks with the same name??

This is a pop-up that’s sparked multi-minute-long rants which always result in a profanity-laden diatribe against seemingly arbitrary rules in general and Microsoft in particular. When I joined the company, it was with a mandate to figure out why this is the case and fix it. I’m happy to report that I’ve determined the answer to…


Testing Access to Excel Workbook

One of the common problems people may run into while offloading a workbook across a cluster is making sure that all the compute nodes can see the workbook. When the workbook is simply inaccessible (not deployed or shared), this is very clear from client error messages. However, if only a subset of the compute nodes…