Introduction to Linked Objects in Analysis Services 2005 - Page 3

August 20, 2007

21.  Click OK to accept settings and to dismiss the Connection Manager.

We are returned to the Select how to define the connection page of the Data Source Wizard, which appears, with our definition pre-selected, as shown in Illustration 18.


Illustration 18: Select How to Define Connection Page, with Our Definition Pre-selected

22.  Click Next.

23.  Click the Service account radio button, to select it, on the Impersonation Information page that appears next, as depicted in Illustration 19.


Illustration 19: Select Service Account Credentials ...

24.  Click Next.

The Completing the Wizard page of the Data Source Wizard appears, as shown in Illustration 20.


Illustration 20: Completing the Wizard Page of the Data Source Wizard

We will leave the Data Source Name at default, and complete the Data Source Wizard at this point.

25.  Click Finish.

We are returned to the Select a Data Source page of the Linked Object Wizard, which appears, with our new data source definition pre-selected, as depicted in Illustration 21.


Illustration 21: Select a Data Source Page of the Linked Object Wizard

26.  Click Next.

We move to the Select Objects page of the Linked Object Wizard. It is here that we make our choice among the options available for linked objects. Scrolling down as necessary, click-select the checkboxes for the Sales Reason dimension, and then the Sales Reason measure group, containing the Sales Reason Count measure, as shown in Illustration 22.


Illustration 22: Select Objects Page of the Linked Objects Wizard, with Our Input

27.  Click Next.

We arrive at the Completing the Wizard page, where we see our selection of linked objects, as depicted in Illustration 23.


Illustration 23: Completing the Wizard Page of the Linked Object Wizard

28.  Click Finish.

The Linked Object Wizard is dismissed, and we are returned to the Cube Designer, where we see the newly linked Sales Reasons measure group, as shown in Illustration 24.


Illustration 24: The Cube Designer with Newly Linked Measure Group and Dimension

29.  Click the Dimension Usage tab.

Here we can see the new dimension and measure group currently displayed, as depicted in Illustration 25.


Illustration 25: The Dimension Usage Tab Displays the Newly Linked Dimension and Measure Group

And so we see that linking dimension and measure groups is a snap with the Linked Object Wizard. All that remains at this point is to reprocess the cube and to proceed with adding our new dimension and measure group into our analysis and reporting efforts.

We can leverage linked objects under many flexible scenarios, and enjoy the multiple benefits we have enumerated, within our own business environments, as easily as we have done in our practice session. Linked objects rank highly among a host of design enhancements in Analysis Services 2005.

Conclusion

In this article, we examined linked objects in Analysis Services 2005. We reviewed the general concepts that underlie linked dimensions and measure groups, including how they can be useful within our support of analysis and reporting within the enterprise. After several preparatory steps, where we created an environment with which to perform the steps of our practice session, we next got some exposure to the hands-on addition of a related linked dimension and measure group pair within a sample, basic cube.

Throughout our procedure, we demonstrated the ease with which we can add linked objects to the cubes in our individual business environments. Moreover, we discussed other considerations that surround the decision to use linked objects, as well as their selection, addition and use in general.

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