SSAS: Discipline, Accuracy, Attention to Details. Part 2 – OLAP Cube

Introduction

In this article, I will continue describing my experience with Microsoft Analysis Services. In addition to the previous article, I would like to write about unconventional solutions that were implemented in the recent project. These solutions got me close with Microsoft Analysis Services, and allowed me to do things that seemed to me impossible before. (more…)

SSAS: Discipline, Accuracy, Attention to Details

Introduction:

This article is about working with Microsoft Analysis Services and a little bit about the repository on Microsoft SQL Server that SSAS is working with. I had to deal with not quite trivial things and sometimes I had to “jump over my head” in order to complete my task. I had to work between meetings. Sometimes the new functionality was discussed longer than it was developed. Often at meetings, I had to repeat the same thing several times. When I said that it’s hard for me to have a discussion for more than one hour, people looked at me with surprise and misunderstanding. Thanks largely to this situation, these nontrivial things about which I decided to write appeared.

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Extended Events for SSAS

Cubes require frequent monitoring since their productivity decreases quite often (slowdowns during query building, processing time increment). To find out the reason of decrease, we need to monitor our system. For this, we use SQL Server Profiler. However, Microsoft is planning to exclude this SQL tracing tool in subsequent versions. The main disadvantage of the tool is resource intensity, and it should be run on a production server carefully, since it may cause a critical system productivity loss.

Thus, Extended Events is a general event-handling system for server systems. This system supports the correlation of data from SQL Server which allows getting SQL Server state events. (more…)