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Scenario: Help prevent employees of one company from viewing cube data for another company [AX 2012]

Updated: May 4, 2012

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Your organization may consist of several companies. To help prevent employees of one company from viewing the data for another company by using cubes, we recommend that you create a role for each company in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services.

For example, assume that your organization consists of two companies: Contoso, Ltd. and Fabrikam, Inc. You want to prevent accountants in one company from viewing the data for the other company. Therefore, you should modify the default Accountant role and create a new role for each company. The following illustration provides an overview of the tasks that you need to complete.

Company-specific roles in Analysis Services

The following sections describe the procedures that you must complete for each role in this scenario.

The Accountant role was automatically created in the Analysis Services database that you deployed the Microsoft Dynamics AX cubes to. By default, the Accountant role has access to data for all companies. Follow these steps to prevent users who are assigned to the Accountant role from accessing company-specific data.

  1. In SQL Server Management Studio, connect to your instance of Analysis Services.

  2. In the tree view, expand the Databases > [Database Name] > Roles node.

  3. Right-click the Accountant role, and then click Properties. The Edit Role – Accountant form is displayed.

  4. In the Select a page area, click Dimension Data.

  5. In the Dimension list, select Company.

  6. In the Attribute Hierarchy list, select Company.

  7. Click Deselect all members.

  8. In the Attribute Hierarchy list, select Company name.

  9. Click Deselect all members.

  10. Click OK.

  11. Assign all your accountants to the Accountant role. For instructions about how to assign users to this role, see Grant users access to cubes.

Follow these steps to create a new role that is named Accountant-Contoso. This role has access to data for the Contoso, Ltd. company only.

  1. Create the Accountant-Contoso role in Analysis Services.

    For information about how to create the role, see the SQL Server documentation on TechNet or MSDN.

  2. Give the role access to the Contoso, Ltd. company by following these steps:

    1. Right-click the Accountant-Contoso role, and then click Properties. The Edit Role – Accountant-Contoso form is displayed.

    2. In the Select a page area, click Dimension Data.

    3. In the Dimension list, select Company.

    4. In the Attribute Hierarchy list, select Company.

    5. Select the check box for Contoso, Ltd. Then clear all other check boxes.

    6. In the Attribute Hierarchy list, select Company name.

    7. Select the check box for Contoso, Ltd. Then clear all other check boxes.

    8. Click OK.

  3. Assign the accountants for Contoso, Ltd. to the Accountant-Contoso role.

Follow these steps to create a new role that is named Accountant-Fabrikam. This role has access to data for the Fabrikam, Inc. company only.

  1. Create the Accountant-Fabrikam role in Analysis Services.

    For information about how to create the role, see the SQL Server documentation on TechNet or MSDN.

  2. Give the role access to the Fabrikam, Inc. company by following these steps:

    1. Right-click the Accountant-Fabrikam role, and then click Properties. The Edit Role – Accountant-Fabrikam form is displayed.

    2. In the Select a page area, click Dimension Data.

    3. In the Dimension list, select Company.

    4. In the Attribute Hierarchy list, select Company.

    5. Select the check box for Fabrikam, Inc. Then clear all other check boxes.

    6. In the Attribute Hierarchy list, select Company name.

    7. Select the check box for Fabrikam, Inc. Then clear all other check boxes.

    8. Click OK.

  3. Assign the accountants for Fabrikam, Inc. to the Accountant-Fabrikam role.


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