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Report Action Form Editor (Actions Tab, Cube Designer) (Analysis Services - Multidimensional Data)

Use the Report Action Form Editor pane on the Actions tab in Cube Designer to modify the report action selected in the Action Organizer pane.

Name

Type the name of the action.

Action Target

Expand to view the Target type and Target object options.

Target type

Select the type of object to which the action is to be associated. The server returns to the client only those actions that apply to the object of the specified type. The action is available to the client if the Condition is met and if the objects specified in the following table are selected.

Value

Selected Object

Attribute members

A member is selected from a level based on the attribute in Target object.

Note Note

Other user hierarchies that use the selected attribute inherit the report action.

Cells

The named set in Target object is selected. Select All cells to select all of the cells in the cube.

Cube

The cube in Target object is selected. Select CURRENTCUBE to use the current cube.

Note Note

Using CURRENTCUBE provides additional portability in cases where the cube may be renamed or the action copied to other cubes. It is recommended that you use CURRENTCUBE to represent the current cube.

Dimension members

A member of the dimension in Target object is selected.

Hierarchy

The hierarchy in Target object is selected.

Hierarchy members

A member within the hierarchy in Target object is selected.

Level

The level in Target object is selected.

Level members

A member within the level in Target object is selected.

Target object

Select the object to which the action is to be associated. The Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services instance returns to the client only those actions that apply to the selected object. The list of available objects is constrained by the choice of Target type.

Condition (Optional)

Enter the Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) expression that describes an optional condition, used in conjunction with Target object, which further restricts when the action is available. The expression must return a Boolean value that, if true, indicates the action is available.

Drag selected elements from the Calculation Tools pane to this option to include the MDX syntax for the selected element.

Report Server

Expand to view the Server name, Server path, and Report format options.

Server name

Type the name of the Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services instance on which the action runs the report.

Server path

Type the path to the report on the Reporting Services instance. For example, type Sales/YearlySalesByCategory.

Report format

Select the format in which the report is returned. The following table describes the available formats.

Value

Description

HTML5

Report is returned in an HTML 5.0-compliant format.

HTML3

Report is returned in an HTML 3.2-compliant format.

Excel

Report is returned as a Microsoft Office Excel workbook (.xls) file.

PDF

Report is returned as an Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf) file.

Parameters (Optional)

Expand to view a grid in which report parameters can be supplied for the report specified in Report. The grid contains the following columns:

Column

Description

Parameter Name

Type the name of the report parameter to be passed to the report.

Parameter Value

Type the value of the report parameter to be passed to the report.

Click the ellipsis button (...) to display the MDX Builder dialog box and create an MDX expression that provides the value of the report parameter. For more information about the MDX Builder dialog box, see MDX Builder Dialog Box (Analysis Services - Multidimensional Data).

If the parameter is set to an MDX expression, then the expression is evaluated when the action is run, otherwise it is passed to the report without modification.

Additional Properties

Expand to view the Invocation, Application, Description, Caption, and Caption Is MDX options.

Invocation

Select the setting that indicates when the action should be carried out.

Note Note

This option only provides a recommendation to a client application as to when to execute an action, and does not directly control the invocation of the action.

The following table describes the available settings.

Value

Description

Batch

The action should run as part of a batch operation or a Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services task.

Interactive

The action runs when the user invokes the action.

On Open

The action runs when the cube is first opened.

Application

Type the name of the application that can interpret the string returned by Action expression.

You can also use this option to identify which client application most commonly uses this action, as well as to display appropriate icons next to the action in a pop-up menu.

Note Note

This option only provides a recommendation to a client application as to what client application should execute an action, and does not directly control access to the action. Client applications should hide any actions that are associated with other client applications.

Description

Type the optional description of the action.

Caption

Type the caption to be displayed for the action in the client application if Caption Is MDX is set to False.

Type the MDX expression that returns a string for the caption if Caption Is MDX is set to True.

Caption is MDX

Select False to indicate that Caption contains a literal string representing a caption to be displayed for the action in the client application.

Select True to indicate that Caption contains an MDX expression that returns a string representing a caption to be displayed for the action in the client application. The MDX expression must be resolved before the action is returned to the client application.

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