As we mentioned in Lesson One, as well as at other
points, we might want to make this a more intuitive -- or at least shorter -
name in order to keep a tidy appearance. A simple "rename" capability is not
available, so we will have to be creative here; a right-mouse click on our new
data source allows a Copy action, which will serve as a workaround for
renaming the object in question.
- Right-click the new data
- Click Copy.
- Highlight the Data Sources
- Select Paste from the
This causes Analysis Services to
indicate that a duplicate has been detected, and to prompt us for a unique name
to rectify the confusion. We will respond to the new name request with MyFoodMart2000,
using the dialog box that appears (as shown below in Illustration 9).
Illustration 9: Changing the Name of the Newly Copied Data Source as a Means of Renaming
- Type MyFoodMart2000
into the Name box of the Duplicate Name dialog.
Once we click OK, the Duplicate Name
dialog acts to add the newly named data source under the data sources folder.
- Click OK to close the Duplicate
All that remains is to delete the original
data source, from which we cloned MyFoodMart2.
- Right-click the original data
source, and select Delete on the popup menu
- Click the Yes button,
to confirm the deletion.
Our tree should now resemble that shown in Illustration
Illustration 10: MyFoodMart2000 Appears in the
In Lesson One, we used the Cube Wizard, together with
the subsidiary specialized wizards (including the Dimension Wizard), as called
by the Cube Wizard, to rapidly create a simple cube to explore the
various aspects and steps of the process from a relatively high level. In this
lesson, the focus is the creation of a cube "from scratch" with the Cube
Editor. As we have already stated, we will create a core cube from the
fact table upon which we will base the rest of the cube creation, together with
the addition of several new components.
Our preparation for the lesson (and for the creation of any
cube) is complete. We now have an OLAP database in place, linked to a
valid data source (the FoodMart 2000 database). Next, we will
initialize the Cube Editor, and begin creating our cube.
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