Introduction to MSSQL Server 2000 Analysis Services Custom Cubes: Financial Reporting (Part I) - Page 4

January 6, 2003

We now need to connect to the data source from which we wish to draw values.

  1. Right click the folder within FinRep_DB called Data Sources, and on the context menu, select New Data Source.

The Data Link Properties dialog box appears, with its Provider, Connection, Advanced and All tabs, as shown in Illustration 4 below. Beginning with the Provider tab (where the dialog opens by default):

  1. Select the Microsoft Jet 4.0 OLE DB Provider (the native MS Access OLE DB provider).

Note: For more on this, review the on-line documentation for OLE DB Providers, and data sources in general.

Illustration 4: The Data Link Properties Dialog - Provider Tab

  1. Click Next.

The focus moves to the Connection tab.

  1. Select the FoodMart 2000 database in Box 1.

FoodMart 2000.mdb is located, by default (as we have noted) in the [Install Directory]:\Program Files\Microsoft Analysis Services\Samples directory; Click on the ellipses (...) button, to navigate to the .mdb as shown in Illustration 5 below.

Illustration 5: Selecting the FoodMart 2000 Database

  1. Click Open, returning to the Connection tab, as we see below:

Illustration 6: The Data Link Properties Dialog - Connection Tab

  1. Insert User Name and Password information, as appropriate (the illustration displays my default settings).
  2. Click the Test Connection button in the bottom right hand corner of the Connection tab.

Page 5: Designing and Building the Financial Reporting Cube (Continued)