Tutorial: SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services

These tips outline helpful features and give examples of Analysis Services in SQL Server 2005 functionality. Get the scoop on how to use SQL Profiler for Analysis Services, how to work with cubes for improved performance, what makes MDX in Analysis Services powerful and more.

Check out this tutorial on SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services. It will help you navigate through the features and functionality of this priceless Business Intelligence tool. Get the scoop on how to use SQL Profiler for Analysis Services, how to work with cubes for improved performance, what makes MDX in Analysis Services more powerful and a whole lot more.

#1 - How to process SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services for data availability
When processing very large databases in Analysis Services and ensuring users access to data, you can break a cube's measure group into manageable chunks. In this tip, contributor Baya Pavliashvili looks at Analysis Services partition processing options from a hardware and data availability perspective and addresses resource usage for memory, CPU and disk space.

#2 -Problem connecting to SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services?
Have a problem connecting to SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services? SQL Server expert Michelle Gutzait examines possible problems and ultimately shares a solution. Hint: It could be your memory settings.

#3 - Synchronizing Analysis Services 2005 databases in SQL Server
Early versions of Microsoft's Analysis Services did not support straightforward methods for migrating analytical databases. The synchronization feature provided in Analysis Services 2005 simplifies the process of copying the source server to the destination server. This tip is a step-by-step approach for implementing MSAS database synchronization and shares methods to optimize the SYNCHRONIZE command.

#4 - Running analytical queries with Analysis Services
Microsoft Analysis Services (MSAS) is ideal for running analytical queries for even the most demanding environments, thanks to one powerful concept: aggregations.

#5 - Using SQL Profiler for Analysis Services 2005
SQL Profiler is a "best of" when it comes to SQL Server tools for troubleshooting and tuning relational database applications. SQL Profiler functionality can also be applied to Microsoft Analysis Services 2005. In this tip, SQL Server database expert Baya Pavliashvili introduces you to SQL Profiler to monitor, troubleshoot and optimize your applications in Analysis Services.

#6 - Analysis Services 2005 delivers new features -- start to finish
Microsoft Analysis Services 2005 is designed to improve business intelligence performance in SQL Server. Among its new features are the Unified Dimensional Model, Data Source View, new aggregation functions and querying tools. Baya Pavliashvili brings you up to speed on MSAS while sharing some migration tips.

#7 - Use cube partitions to improve Analysis Services performance
Analysis Services performance may falter when reporting on huge volumes of data. See how to use cube partitions to improve query performance and reduce downtime.

#8 - How to back up and restore Analysis Services databases
Backing up a Microsoft Analysis Services (MSAS) database looks simpler than it truly is. Learn how to back up and restore MSAS 2000 databases and take a look at enhancements in MSAS 2005.

#9 - More powerful Analysis Services MDX in SQL Server 2005
MDX in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services brings exciting improvements including query support and expression/calculation language. Here are highlights on CASE, statements, sub-queries and SCOPE functions, which make MDX more powerful and flexible for your intricate business intelligence solutions.

#10 - Adding time calculations to Analysis Services 2005 cubes
It's no secret that businesses must compare revenues, costs and sales data over time. Get more from your metrics by adding time intelligence to Microsoft Analysis Services (MSAS) 2005 cubes. (It's much easier than before!)

#11 - Analysis Services 2005 in SQL Server has improved security
Analysis Services in SQL Sever 2005 has resolved security issues of its predecessor. Challenges are a thing of the past when it comes to administrative permissions, creating member roles and cube processing. Check out this comparison of the two versions.

#12 - Analysis Services 2005 defines for peak performance
Microsoft Analysis Services 2005 in SQL Server offers greater flexibility for the cube architect. Build your cubes properly and get the best performance results by first defining attribute relationships in SQL Server's Analysis Services 2005.

#13 - Sub-queries supported in Analysis Services MDX
MDX now supports sub-queries, allowing you to change the criteria of the outer query dynamically, depending on the context returned by the sub-query. Check out these examples of how to alter MDX queries.

#14 - Manage traces in Analysis Services 2005 with XMLA commands
SQL Profiler is an efficient tool for tuning and troubleshooting Microsoft Analysis Services 2005, that is, unless you're managing numerous instances. In this tip, you'll learn how to use XMLA to automate tracing to monitor MSAS. Here's what you need to know to create, alter and delete traces with ease.

This was first published in July 2008

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