Procedure: Make a Copy of the Analysis Services Sample Project within a New Solution
November 9, 2006
Use this procedure to create a copy of the sample Analysis Services Project that ships with MSSQL Server 2005 Analysis Services.
To begin, launch the SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio.
1. Click Start.
2. Navigate to, and click, the SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio, as appropriate.
The equivalent on my PC appears as depicted in Illustration 1.
We briefly see a splash page that lists the components installed on the PC, and then Visual Studio .NET 2005 opens at the Start page.
3. Close the Start page, if desired.
4. Select File --> Open from the main menu.
5. Click Project / Solution ... from the cascading menu, as shown in Illustration 2.
The Open Project dialog appears.
6. Browse to the location of the Adventure Works Analysis Services sample project folder.
Two versions of the Adventure Works Analysis Services project samples are installed, by default (and, of course, are subject to be installed in different locations on our individual machines), in the following location
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Samples\AdventureWorks Analysis Services Project
Of the two samples, we will select the Enterprise project, as it is a more evolved sample than the Standard project. We will copy the Enterprise folder to another location, and work with it within our practice session. (If the Standard project is all that is available in the local environment, use that instead.)
7. Right-click the Enterprise (or Standard, as appropriate) folder, containing the sample Adventure Works solution, project and associated objects.
8. Select Copy from the context menu that appears, as depicted in Illustration 3.
9. Navigate, from within the Open Project dialog box, to the location of preference for storing the folder we have copied, and from which we will create a clone project.
10. Upon arrival within the desired folder, right-click the area within the folder.
11. Select Paste from the context menu that appears, as shown in Illustration 4.
The Enterprise folder appears, via the Open Project dialog, in the new location, as depicted in Illustration 5.
12. Right-click the Enterprise folder, within the Open Project dialog.
13. Select Rename from the context menu that appears, as shown in Illustration 6.
14. Type the following replacement name into the folders activated caption box:
Database Journal Training
15. Click outside the caption box to accept the new name, which then appears as depicted in Illustration 7.
16. Click the new folder, to select it.
17. Click the Open button on the Open Project dialog.
The solution file, Adventure Works.sln, and the project file, Adventure Works DW.dwproj, appear at this point, along with two folders containing associated objects.
18. Select the Adventure Works.sln file, and then click the Open button, as shown in Illustration 8.
The Adventure Works solution opens, complete with Adventure Works DW Analysis Services project, and we see the various associated objects appear in Solution Explorer, as depicted in Illustration 9.
19. Right-click the Adventure Works DW Project, within the Solution Explorer.
20. Select Rename from the context menu that appears, as depicted in Illustration 10.
21. Type the following replacement name into the projects activated caption box:
DBJ_Adventure Works DW
22. Click outside the caption box to accept the new name.
23. Click Yes on the dialog box that appears next, asking if we would like to change the object name, as well, as shown in Illustration 11.
The newly renamed project appears within the Solution Explorer, as depicted in Illustration 12.
As a final step, we will modify the targeted database, to prevent overwrite of the existing Adventure Works DW sample database on the Analysis Server (to preserve it for working with the tutorials that come with Analysis Services 2005 and other uses).
24. Right-click the new project, DBJ_Adventure Works DW, within the Solution Explorer.
25. Select Properties from the context menu that appears, as depicted in Illustration 13.
The DBJ_Adventure Works DW Properties Pages dialog opens.
26. Click Deployment, under Configuration Properties, in the tree in the left-hand pane of the dialog.
27. Replace the current text (Adventure Works DW) in the Database box (in the lower right half of the dialog, within the Target properties group) with the following:
DBJ_Adventure Works DW
The newly renamed Target Database appears within the DBJ_Adventure Works DW Properties Pages dialog, as shown in Illustration 14.