Create a Link Attribute

Create a Link Attribute (Master Data Services)


Applies To: SQL Server 2016 Preview

In Master Data Services, create a link attribute when you want users to enter a hyperlink as an attribute value, such as


When users enter a value for a link attribute, the string must begin with http:// or an error will be displayed.


To perform this procedure:

For each created attribute, a row with seven columns is added to the grid. The following table describes the columns.




The attribute status.

When you click Save, the Icon for updating status image displays, indicating that the attribute is updating.

If there are errors when creating or editing an attribute, the Icon for error status image displays.

Otherwise, the status is OK and the Icon for OK status image displays.


The attribute name.

Display Name

The attribute display name.


The attribute description.

Display Pixel Width

The attribute width.

Type and Properties

The type and data type information of the attribute.

Enable Change Tracking

Specifies whether the attribute is enabled for change tracking and shows the group number in parentheses.

When you click an attribute, the following information displays.

  • Created By: The name of the user who created the attribute.

  • On: The date and time when the attribute was created.

  • Updated By: the name of the user who last updated the attribute.

  • On: The date and time when the attribute was last updated.

To create a link attribute

  1. In Master Data Manager, click System Administration.

  2. On the Manage Model page, select a model from the grid and then click Entities.

  3. On the Manage Entity page, select the row for the entity that you want to create an attribute for.

  4. Click Attributes.

  5. On the Manage Attributes page, do one of the following and then click Add.

    • If the attribute is for leaf members, select Leaf from the Member Types list box.

    • If the attribute is for consolidated members, select Consolidated from the Member Types list box.

    • If the attribute is for collections, select Collection from the Member Types list box.

  6. In the Name box, type a name for the attribute. For a list of words that should not be used as attribute names, see Reserved Words (Master Data Services).

  7. Optionally, type a display name, and type a description for the attribute in the Description box.

  8. In the Display pixel width box, type the width of the attribute column to be displayed in the Explorer grid.

  9. From the Attribute type list, select Free-form.

  10. From the Data type list, select Link.

  11. In the Length box, type the maximum number of characters allowed.

  12. Optionally, select Enable change tracking to track changes to groups of attributes. For more information, see Add Attributes to a Change Tracking Group (Master Data Services).

  13. Click Save.

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