Analysis :: Writeback To Local Cube File Possible?

Nov 11, 2015

We are using a SSAS Server in order to analyse financial data. To create forecast scenarios, we would like to use the "what-if-analysis"-feature of Excel.  With this feature, data that was changed in Excel can be written back into the cube.

There are several data analyists who should be able to create scenarios on their own, that's why, each of them gets his own offline cube (a .cub file that is stored in the file system) whose data is extracted from the SSAS Server. 

Unfortunately, we found no way to write back data in these offline cubes. Due to the error message,  Excel failed to establish a connection to the external data source. Is there a way to writeback data to a local cube?

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How Can I Connect OWC PivotTable To A Local Cube File?

Aug 4, 2004


I want to use the Office Web Components (v10) PivotTable embedded in a web page. The examples and tutorials I've been able to find on MSDN all use the same architecture: The initial pivottable configuration is created by instantiating the object server-side and programmatically configuring it. The XMLDATA property is then read and sent to the client. At the client, script sets the XMLDATA property. So far so good, all makes sense. Then my problem: The PivotTable is then connected to Analysis Server using an http connection string (through IIS). As my users do not have database accounts, only application accounts, I cannot allow database connection information on the client. Trouble is, the PivotTable generates MDX queries when a user reconfigures the view, and there are no hooks (events or other means) to programmatically obtain the generated MDX query - a fact that is explicitly confirmed in MSDN documentation.

This clearly means that the PT must be connected directly to it's data source. So I thought I could just create a local MOLAP cube file and download it to the client (permissible as it runs as a trusted application). But nowhere can I find any example or documention on how to do this.

This is driving me slightly insane and I have little hair left now; if anyone knows how to do it or where to find proper PivotTable documentation (rather than a collection of examples that do something else from what I need to do!) then help is greatly :p appreciated!


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"File 'C:/.......' specified in restore command is damaged or is not an AS backup file.

The following error occured:

Access is denied (Microsoft SQL Server 2008  R2 Analysis Services)

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I can add the cube to the database object and fill it with dimensions and a measuregroup (see code below).

If I call cube.Update() it says something like "Error in meta data manager. Cube has no measuregroups." (getting the message in german language)

The error in Microsoft.AnalysisServices.OperationException.Results.Messages is -1055653629

I can't find any documentation about this (or any other) error code in Microsoft documentation.

Here's my Code:

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newCube.Language = 1031;
newCube.Collation = "Latin1_General_CI_AS";
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I have an ASP.NET web application with a pivot table OWC that reads data from a local cube.

Everything works fine when I run it locally but when I run it on machine client the pivot

table Can not open cube 'c:cube.cub'.

i have installed in the client the Version 6.0 of the Microsoft XML library (MSXML, Version

6.0) and Analysis Services 9.0 OLE DB Provider but it's not possible open cube.

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maybe is it a problem ?

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Hierarchie: D10 -> D11, D12, D13 - > C1, C2..
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Here's what I need to do. I need to programmatically create offline cubes for multiple customers. Using VS2005 (C#) and SQL Server 2000, I am able to do this using the CREATE GLOBAL CUBE command. However, I need to create cubes from SQL Server 2005 as we have upgraded and the CREATE GLOBAL CUBE command does not work as it did before. I've search and found examples using AMO, but they create a server cube. I already have a server cube.
I need to be able to create filtered offline cubes from the existing server cube. I've also read much on XMLA, but that doesn't do it for me either. The code below creates an empty offline cube. However, is there a way to use this to create a cube with data?
I am creating this in a windows application.

Server server = new Server();

server.Connect(@"Data Source=C:MyLocalCube.cub");


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How can we select translated text of cube translations, like measures, dimensions, dimension attributes. I have below query which return translations of dimension attribute's memebers

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FROM [Adventure Works]

I am getting translations of product category members but I want to get translated text of "Category"?

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If there are any AS gurus out there, I could use some help. I've been having some problems with particular AS dimension and cubes and it's driving me crazy! It doesn't matter what I do, nothing seems to work.

Anyway, here's what I'm trying to do. I've got a fairly simple dimension. There is a date stored in the dimension that is formatted as an int. The dimension needs to only display AGE, so I cast the int as a date and do a datediff to get AGE. The dimension builds just fine and I get the results I want. My problem is when I add the dimension to the cube. The cube fails to build and I get an error message - "Data source provider error: The column prefix 'MY TABLE' does not match with a table name or alias used in the query." Basically, AS is telling me that the table that is used for the dimension doesn't exist, even though the fact and the dimension are joined properly and I've validated the structure.

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Basically, I'm out of ideas. Any help that anyone has is greatly appreciated.

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