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Introduction to MSSQL Server Analysis Services: Migrating an Analysis Services 2000 Database to Analysis Services 2005 - Page 4

November 21, 2005

Verification: Examine the Migrated Database in SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio

We will examine our migrated database within Business Intelligence Development Studio, where we could also make all manner of changes to the structure of the Analysis Services 2005 database and its component objects. From the Business Intelligence Development Studio, we could enhance our business intelligence solution to leverage the new features of Analysis Services 2005, from a central, unified development environment.

1.  Click the Start button.

2.  Select Microsoft SQL Server 2005 within the Program group of the menu.

3.  Click SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio, as depicted in Illustration 16.

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Illustration 16: Opening SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio

The Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 development environment opens, beginning with the Start page, as shown in Illustration 17.

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Illustration 17: The Start Page, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Development Environment (Compressed View)

4.  Close the Start Page tab.

5.  Select File --> Open on the Visual Studio main menu.

6.  Select Analysis Services Database from the cascading menu, as depicted in Illustration 18.

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Illustration 18: Opening an Analysis Services Database ...

The Connect to Database dialog appears.

7.  Ensure that the radio button to the immediate left of Connect to existing database is selected.

8.  Type the name of the server / server with instance into the Server box.

9.  Select the FoodMart 2000 database in the Database selector underneath the Server box.

10.  Input a convenient place to store the objects created in the New solution box at the bottom of the dialog.

The Connect to Database dialog appears, as shown in Illustration 19.


Illustration 19: The Connect to Database Dialog, with Our Input

Business Intelligence Development Studio indicates that it is reading the FoodMart 2000 Analysis Services database, and then the component objects appear. We see them manifested in Solution Explorer in short order, as depicted in Illustration 20.


Illustration 20: The Database and Constituent Components Appear in Solution Explorer

Here, within the Business Intelligence Development Studio, we can perform myriad enhancements and extensions to the existing model, including its introduction to source control, the addition of Role Playing dimensions, new security options, many-to-many dimensions, translations, Key Performance Indicators, and far more. We will be examining these new features in prospective articles, where we define business needs and then meet them with the appropriate functionality(ies).

Having examined our migrated database once again, we will leave the Business Intelligence Development Studio, and bring the article to a close.

11.  Select File --> Exit, as shown in Illustration 21, from the main menu to close Business Intelligence Development Studio.


Illustration 21: Exiting Business Intelligence Development Studio

Conclusion

In this article, we examined the Analysis Services 2005 Migration Wizard. We began with a brief discussion surrounding approaches available for migrating Analysis Services 2000 databases to Analysis Services 2005. We then introduced the Migration Wizard, discussing its general operation and surrounding migration considerations. We then prepared to use the Migration Wizard within a hands-on practice exercise, from inside SQL Server Management Studio.

Within our practice exercise, we migrated an Analysis Services 2000 sample database, Foodmart 2000, to Analysis Services 2005. After using the Migration Wizard to accomplish this, we cursorily verified the results from two independent perspectives. We examined the results of the migration via the SQL Server Management Studio, and then performed a similar examination within SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio, discussing the appropriateness of the latter environment for further development within the highly enriched feature set of Analysis Services 2005, and looking forward to articles where we expand upon its manifold uses.

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