Execute Method (XMLA)

Sends XML for Analysis (XMLA) commands to an instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS). This includes requests involving data transfer, such as retrieving or updating data on the server.

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

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


Characteristic Description

Data type and length


Default value



0-1: Optional element that occurs once and only once.

Relationship Element

Parent element


Child elements

Command, Parameters, Properties

The Execute method executes XMLA commands provided in the Command element and returns any resulting data using either the XMLA Rowset data type (for tabular result sets) or the XMLA MDDataSet data type (for multidimensional result sets.)

The following code sample is an example of an Execute method call that contains an Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) SELECT statement.

<Execute xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-analysis">
         SELECT [Measures].MEMBERS ON COLUMNS FROM [Adventure Works]
         <DataSourceInfo>Provider=MSOLAP;Data Source=local;</DataSourceInfo>
         <Catalog>Adventure Works DW</Catalog>

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