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Discover Method (XMLA)

Retrieves information, such as the list of available databases or details about a specific object, from an instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS). The data retrieved with the Discover method depends on the values of the parameters passed to it.

Namespace   urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-analysis

SOAP Action   "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-analysis:Discover"


Characteristic Description

Data type and length


Default value



0-1: Optional element that can occur once and only once.

Relationship Element

Parent element


Child elements

Properties, RequestType, Restrictions

The Discover method requests metadata about Analysis Services instances and objects. Metadata is returned using the XMLA Rowset data type.

In the following code sample, the client sends the Discover call to request a list of cubes from the Adventure Works DW sample Analysis Services database:

<Discover xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-analysis">
         <CATALOG_NAME>Adventure Works DW</CATALOG_NAME>
         <Catalog>Adventure Works DW</Catalog>
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