Procedure: Make a Copy of the Analysis Services Sample Project within a New Solution


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.

Illustration 1: Launching SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio

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.

Illustration 2: Selecting a Project …

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.

Illustration 3: Copy the Enterprise Project Folder …

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.

Illustration 4: Pasting the Copy of the Enterprise Project Folder to a Selected Location

The Enterprise folder appears, via the Open Project dialog, in the new location, as depicted in Illustration 5.

Illustration 5: Enterprise Project Folder in Its New Location …

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.

Illustration 6: Renaming the Folder …

14.  Type the following replacement name into the folder’s 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.

Illustration 7: Newly Named Folder …

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.

Illustration 8: Opening the Adventure Works.sln File

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.

Illustration 9: The Cloned Project and Objects, within the Solution Explorer

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.

Illustration 10: Renaming the Analysis Services Project …

21.  Type the following replacement name into the project’s 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.

Illustration 11: Click Yes to Change the Object Name, As Well …

The newly renamed project appears within the Solution Explorer, as depicted in Illustration 12.

Illustration 12: The Newly Renamed Solution and Project Appear …

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.

Illustration 13: Select Properties for the Project

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.

Illustration 14: The Newly Renamed Target Database

William Pearson
William Pearson
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