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XMLA Query Editor (Analysis Services - Multidimensional Data)

Use the XMLA Query Editor to design and execute statements and scripts written in the Multidimensional Expressions (XMLA) language.

  • Type scripts in the query editor pane of XMLA Query Editor.

  • To execute scripts press F5, or click Execute on the toolbar, or on the Query menu, click Execute. If a portion of the code is selected, only that portion is executed. If no code is selected, the entire content of the XMLA Query Editor is executed.

  • View metadata for cubes and other objects contained in an Analysis Services database in the metadata pane.

  • For help with XMLA syntax, select a keyword in XMLA Query Editor, and then click F1.

  • For dynamic help with XMLA syntax, on the Help menu, click Dynamic Help to open the Dynamic Help component. With Dynamic Help, help topics appear in the Dynamic Help window when keywords are typed in Query Editor.

When XMLA Query Editor is open, the SQL Server Analysis Services Editors toolbar appears with the following buttons.

Term

Definition

Connect

Opens the Connect to Server dialog box, to establish a connection to an Analysis Services instance.

Disconnect

Disconnects the XMLA Query Editor from an Analysis Services instance.

Change Connection

Opens the Connect to Server dialog box, to establish a connection to a different Analysis Services instance.

New Query with Current Connection

Opens a new XMLA Query Editor window, using the connection information from the current XMLA Query Editor window.

Available Databases

Changes the connection to a different Analysis Services database on the same instance.

Execute

Executes the selected code, or if no code is selected, this option executes the entire code in the XMLA Query Editor.

Parse

Checks the syntax of the selected code. If no code is selected, this option checks the syntax of the entire XMLA Query Editor window.

Cancel Executing Query

Sends a cancellation request to the server. Some queries cannot be canceled immediately, but must wait for a suitable cancellation condition. When queries are canceled, delays may occur while transactions are rolled back.

The following options are available in XMLA Query Editor:

Term

Definition

Query editor window

Type XMLA statements and scripts to be executed by the XMLA Query Editor.

The context menu for the query editor provides the following options:

Term

Definition

Cut

Copies the current selection to the clipboard and removes the selection from the query editor window.

Copy

Copies the current selection to the clipboard.

Paste

Pastes the contents of the clipboard to the current selection.

Connect

Opens the Connect to Server dialog box, to establish a connection to an Analysis Services instance.

Disconnect

Disconnects the current query editor from an Analysis Services instance.

Disconnect All Queries

Disconnects all open query editors.

Change Connection

Opens the Connect to Server dialog box, to establish a connection to a different Analysis Services instance.

Open Server in Object Explorer

Opens the Analysis Services instance to which the current query editor is connected in Object Explorer.

Execute

Executes the selected code, or if no code is selected, executes the entire code in the current query editor.

Properties Window

Displays the Properties window in SQL Server Management Studio for the current query window.

Query Options

Displays the Query Options dialog box.

Results window

Displays the results of an XMLA statement or script in text.

Messages window

Displays information about how an XMLA statement or script executed. For example, this window displays any errors encountered during execution or the number of cells retrieved after execution.

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