sharepoint 2010 powerpivot w/dedicated sql 2008 r2 server

Am I correct in my research on this, that in order to get power pivot functioning in a brand new topology, I have to set it up as a single server instance and *then* migrate the databases to the dedicated SQL server?  This makes me sad, as it's a new environment and I just want to get my sharepoint on one server and sql on another so that I can add other instances to the sql server for other applications.

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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
No, if I'm reading this correctly, you don't have to.  Right now you have one SharePoint Server, and one SQL Server, right?  If so, you can either install PowerPivot on your existing SharePoint server, or  you can set up another SharePoint server, and install PowerPivot on it.
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pwnbasketzAuthor Commented:
Right now I have Server1 with SQL on it, and am setting up a new farm for Sharepoint (with Power Pivot) on Server2, so I am wanting to set it up so that Server2 only has Sharepoint on it and is hosting it's databases on Server1.  I'm just having a lot of trouble (and I think it's just because of the necessary setup requirements for power pivot) getting it initially configured in that way.  It seems like it might be intentional, with the Sharepoint is scalable as a standalone product viewpoint - where as capacity is utilized, you can then scale out to include more tiers in the hierarchy.  I could be wrong and missing something though =)
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
What trouble are you having specifically?  Take PowerPivot completely out of the situation right now......are you having trouble deploying your SharePoint farm on its own?
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pwnbasketzAuthor Commented:
New SharePoint farm on Server2 and having it use SQL on Server1, if we're taking PowerPivot out of it.
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
So when you are creating your farm, and you specify your DB Server and Config DB, is it throwing an error?
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pwnbasketzAuthor Commented:
I can't really say.  I was facing a deadline, so I configured it as a single server solution and am now migrating it into a multi-tiered implementation so I stopped pulling my hair out.  I was just surprised that due to the installation restrictions imposed by installing powerpivot and making a new farm, you couldn't specify a non-local sql server to have the information hosted on and figured i might have missed something...
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
So right now all your db's live on Server2, correct?  If you are trying to turn a Basic single server install into a farm, it's not going to happen.  You are going to have to backup your content db's, blow the farm away and start again.  You'll restore your db's to Server1, re-run the config wizard on Server2 to create a new farm, and make Server1 the db server.  Then you install PowerPivot on Server2.

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pwnbasketzAuthor Commented:
Per above, I am starting over with that order =)
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