this procedure to ensure connectivity of a project’s Shared Data Source with
an Analysis Services database.
Many of us will be running “side-by-side”
installations of MSSQL Server 2000 and MSSQL Server 2005. This
means that our installation of the latter will need to be referenced, within a
data source context, as a server / instance combination, versus a server
name alone (the default for the AdventureWorks Sample Reports project
sample’s connection is localhost).
within the open Adventure Works Reports Sample project, in the SQL Server Business Intelligence
take the following steps:
AdventureWorksAS.rds, within the Shared Data Sources folder
seen in Solution Explorer.
Data Source dialog opens, and appears with default settings as
depicted in Illustration 1.
Illustration 1: The Shared
Data Source Dialog with Default Settings …
- Click the Edit button on the Shared Data Source dialog.
Properties dialog opens, and appears with default settings shown in Illustration
Illustration 2: The Connection
Properties Dialog with Default Settings …
We note that the default Server name is “localhost.”
While this might prove an adequate setting for a PC with only MSSQL Server
2005 installed (default instance), in many of our environments, the
requirement is for the server / instance combination that correctly
identifies the correct MSSQL Server 2005 instance. (Clicking the Test
Connection button at this point will provide confirmation as to whether we
need to make this change).
- If appropriate, type the correct server / instance
name into the Server name box of the Connection Properties dialog. (Mine is MOTHER1\MSSQL2K5,
as depicted in Illustration 3.)
Illustration 3: The Connection
Properties Dialog with Corrected Settings …
- Ensure that authentication settings are correct for
the local environment.
- Click the Test Connection button.
message box appears, indicating that the Test connection succeeded,
assuming that our changes (or lack of same, as appropriate) are appropriate.
The message box appears as shown in Illustration 4.
Illustration 4: Testing
Positive for Connectivity …
- Click OK to dismiss the message box.
- Click OK to accept changes, as appropriate,
and to dismiss the Connection Properties dialog.
Data Source dialog appears, with our modified settings, similar to
that depicted in Illustration 5.
Illustration 5: The Shared
Data Source Dialog with Modified Settings …
- Click OK to close the Shared Data Source dialog, and to return to the