Getting started with SQL Server 2008 R2's Master Data Services - Page 2
September 15, 2010
As I said before you need to configure two different components of Master Data Services; you can install both of these components on the same machine or on separate machines. Once installed, launch Master Data Services Configuration Manager (START -> All Programs -> SQL Server 2008 R2 -> Master Data Services -> Configuration Manager) as you can see below. This screen will let you know if the required prerequisites are available or not. On the left side you can see Databases and Web Configuration pages; configure them respectively.
Click on the Databases Page to configure the database for storage of MDS objects. As you can see in the next screen you can either create a new database or can use an existing database for storage; this database must be on SQL Server 2008 R2.
As we are working for the first time, let me show you how to create a new database. Simply click on the Create Database button to launch the Create Database Wizard.
On the next screen, specify the name of the SQL Server instance and type of authentication to be used to connect to that instance. You can verify the connection by clicking on the Test Connection button.
On the next screen, specify the name of the database that you want to create for storage of MDS objects and also specify whether do you want to use SQL Serve default collation for your MDS database or you want to use Windows collation.
On the next screen you need to specify the service account and the Administrator account that will have administrative privilege on the MDS database, including access to the all the models created in MDS. (I will be talking about model and other types of MDS objects in the next article.)
On the next screen, you can review your selection and click on the Next button to start configuration of database component of Master Data Services.
Once the MDS database is configured, you can see the default system wide setting, which you can change as per your need if you want. If you scroll down the page shown below, you will get an option to specify a Database Mail Profile, which will be used to send notification by Master Data Services. You can also create MDS database using a PowerShell script, for more details click here.
Once the MDS database component is configured, you need to configure the web component. Click on the Web Configuration page in the left pane and you will see a screen as shown below. Click on the Create Site and follow the instructions to create the web application. Then you need to associate this web application to use the MDS database that you created earlier; for this click on the Select button to select the SQL Server instance and database.
The web application provides an UI (User Interface) to access all of the features of MDS. This UI is called Master Data Manager. This is not the only way to access to MDS features; you can enable WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) services to access these features programmatically.
Master Data Services is a great feature of SQL Server 2008 R2 to remove master data duplicity across the line of businesses of an enterprise and allowing you to create a centralized hub for your master data. This centralized master data hub acts as a single authoritive source for all master data for an enterprise. This feature is not installed with regular SQL Server installation like you do for SSIS, SSRS and SSAS; you need to install and configure it separately, which is quite simple and easy as demonstrated above. In my next article, I am going to talk more in detail about what master data are, Master Data Management and Master Data Services.