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Introduction to SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services: Exploring Virtual Cubes - Page 4

December 11, 2002


The Select the Cubes to Include in the Virtual Cube dialog appears.

  1. Double-click the Sales cube, to select and move it from the Available Cubes list to the Virtual Cubes Include list.
  1. Double-click the Budget cube to add it to the virtual cube, as well.

The dialog appears as shown below, after our selections.



Illustration 5: Select the Cubes to Include in the Virtual Cube


  1. Click Next.
  2. Select (by double-clicking) the Store Cost (from the Sales cube) and the Amount (from the Budget cube) measures.

The Select the Measures for the Virtual Cube dialog appears as shown in Illustration 6, with our selections appearing in the Selected Measures list.



Illustration 6: Our Measures Selections Appear


  1. Click the Store Cost measure once, then again after it is selected, to enter the edit mode.
  2. Change the Store Cost measure name to Actual Expense.
  3. Click the Amount measure once to select it.
  4. Press F2 as an alternative means of entering the edit mode.
  5. Change the Amount measure name to Budget Expense.

A unique name is required for each measure within a virtual cube. Once we make our modifications, the Select the Measures for the Virtual Cube dialog appears as shown below.



Illustration 7: The Measures as Modified


  1. Click Next.

The Select the Dimensions for the Virtual Cube dialog appears.

  1. Select the dimensions (from the Available Dimensions list) by double-clicking each of the following:
  • Time
  • Product
  • Store
  • Account

Selection can also be made by highlighting and clicking the single arrow ">" to move the dimension to the Selected Dimensions list.

The Select the Dimensions for the Virtual Cube dialog appears as shown in Illustration 8, with our selections appearing in the Selected Dimensions list.



Illustration 8: Our Dimensions Selections Appear


  1. Click Next.


Page 5: Processing a Virtual Cube









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