We should get a verification dialog confirming that the
source has been established in our definition (as shown in Illustration 7).
7: Verification of the Connection to the FoodMart 2000 Database
- Click OK, and the Microsoft Data Link verification
dialog box closes.
We will leave all the other Data Link Properties at their default
setpoints for now.
- Click OK on the Data Link Properties dialog.
The Data Link Properties dialog closes, and we
can see that the new source appears under the Data Sources folder in the tree
area, on the left side of the Management Console, displaying the actual file
name, as shown below.
8: Initial view of Our Newly Created Data Source
As we mentioned in Lesson One, and at numerous
other points in the series, 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, to be a bit more concise.
- Right-click the new data
- Click Copy.
- Highlight the Data Sources
- Select Paste from the popup
This causes Analysis Services to
indicate that a duplicate has been detected, and to prompt us for a unique
name. We will respond to the new name request with FoodMartFinRep, using
the dialog box that appears (as shown below in Illustration 9).
9: Changing the Name of the Newly
Copied Data Source as a Means of Renaming
- Type FoodMartFinRep into the Name
box of the Duplicate Name dialog.
Once we click OK, the Duplicate Name dialog
disappears, and the newly named data source appears under the Data Sources
- Click OK to close the Duplicate
All that remains is to delete the original
data source, from which we cloned FoodMartFinRep.
- 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
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, we will create a core cube from the fact table upon
which we will base the rest of the cube design and construction, together with
several new components and settings that illustrate the objectives of our
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 sample FoodMart 2000 database). Next,
we will initialize the Cube Editor, and begin creating our cube.