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Creating Report Datasets from SQL Server Analysis Services (Report Builder 2.0)

SQL Server 2008

Report Builder 2.0 provides a data processing extension that supports report data retrieval from a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services data source. This data processing extension retrieves dimensions, hierarchies, levels, key performance indicators (KPIs), measures, and attributes from a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services cube for use as report data.

After you have connected to an Analysis Services data source, you can define a dataset that specifies the report data to retrieve during report processing by building Multidimensional Expression (MDX) queries. You can use the MDX graphical query designer browse and selecting from the underlying data structures on the data source. After you build a query, you can run the query to see sample data in the results pane. The query results are automatically retrieved as a flattened rowset, ready to be used as report data.

The query designer analyzes the query to determine the dataset fields. You can also manually edit the dataset field collection in the Report Data pane. For more information, see How to: Add, Edit, or Delete a Field in the Report Data Pane (Report Builder 2.0).

NoteNote

The text-based query designer is read-only for this data source. You cannot import .mdx files and use them directly in a query. You can import queries from existing reports that use Analysis Services data sources. For more information, see How to: Retrieve Data from an Analysis Services Cube (MDX) (Report Builder 2.0).

Using Analysis Services MDX Query Designer in Design Mode (Report Builder 2.0)

In the MDX query designer, you can drag dimensions, members, member properties, measures, and KPIs from the metadata browser to the Data pane to build an MDX query. Drag calculated members from the CalculatedMembers pane to the Data pane to define additional dataset fields.

Using Analysis Services MDX Query Designer in Query Mode (Report Builder 2.0)

In the MDX query designer in Query mode, you can drag dimensions, members, member properties, measures, and KPIs from the metadata browser to the Query pane to build an MDX query. You can edit MDX text directly in the Query pane. Drag calculated members from the CalculatedMembers pane to the Query pane to define additional dataset fields.

Using Extended Field Properties for an Analysis Services Database (Report Builder 2.0)

You can use extended field properties supported by the Analysis Services data processing extension in your report through the built-in Fields collection. For properties that have values on the data source, you can access predefined property values such as FormattedValue, Color, or UniqueName.

For more information about the user interface, see Analysis Services MDX Query Designer User Interface (Report Builder 2.0).

You can use the MDX query designer to write queries against a SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services database. DMX queries are not supported.

Parameters are not supported by the OLAP data provider for Analysis Services 2000.

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