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Supported Data Source Types (SSAS Multidimensional)


Applies To: SQL Server 2016 Preview

This topic describes the types of data sources that you can use in a multidimensional model.

You can retrieve data from the data sources in the following table. When you install SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT), setup does not install the providers that are listed for each data source. Some providers might already be installed with other applications on your computer; in other cases you will need to download and install the provider.


Third party providers, such as the Oracle OLE DB Provider, may also be used to connect to third party databases, with support provided by those third parties.



File type

Providers 1

Access databases

Microsoft Access 2010, 2013, 2016

.accdb or .mdb

Microsoft Jet 4.0 OLE DB provider

SQL Server relational databases 5

Microsoft SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, Azure SQL Database 2, Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS)3

(not applicable)

OLE DB Provider for SQL Server

SQL Server Native Client OLE DB Provider

SQL Server Native 11.0 Client OLE DB Provider

.NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Client

Oracle relational databases

Oracle 9i, 10g, 11g.

(not applicable)

Oracle OLE DB Provider

.NET Framework Data Provider for Oracle Client

.NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Server

MSDAORA OLE DB provider 4



Teradata relational databases

Teradata V2R6, V12

(not applicable)


.Net Data Provider for Teradata

Informix relational databases


(not applicable)

Informix OLE DB provider

IBM DB2 relational databases


(not applicable)


Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) relational databases


(not applicable)

Sybase OLE DB provider

Other relational databases

(not applicable)

(not applicable)

OLE DB provider or ODBC driver

1 ODBC data sources are not supported for multidimensional solutions. Although Analysis Services itself will handle the connection, the designers in SQL Server Data Tools used for building data source views, dimensions, and cubes cannot connect to an ODBC data source, even when using MSDASQL driver (.NET driver for ODBC). If your business requirements include an ODBC data source, consider building a tabular solution instead.

2 For more information about SQL Database on Azure.com.

3 For more information about SQL Database PDW, see Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS).

4 In some cases, using the MSDAORA OLE DB provider can result in connection errors, particularly with newer versions of Oracle. If you encounter any errors, we recommend that you use one of the other providers listed for Oracle.

5 Some features require a SQL Server relational database that runs on-premises. Specifically, writeback and ROLAP storage require that the underlying data source is a SQL Server relational database.

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