SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU3 release fixes frequent SP1 issues

We normally don’t comment much on Cumulative Update releases since the best source for this type of information is the blog of the SQL server release services team : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlreleaseservices/ . However, adding to the SP1 issue that was described in previous blog by Guillaume Fourrat we observed two further SSAS related problems that affected several customers….

non-admin users not able to use Powerpivot for Excel 2012 on Windows XP

Recently we investigated issues where non-admin users could not open Powerpivot 2012 window in Excel 2010 on Windows XP machines. When trying to open the Powerpivot window they get the following error message: “Embedded Analysis Services Engine: Could not open embedded Powerpivot data” During the investigation it turned out that the “SeIncreaseBasePriorityPrivilege” windows privilege is required for…