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Create Element (XMLA)

Contains Analysis Services Scripting Language (ASSL) elements used by the Execute method to create objects on a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) instance.

   <Create Scope="enum" AllowOverwrite="boolean">

Characteristic Description

Data type and length


Default value



0-n: Optional element that can occur more than once.

Relationship Element

Parent elements


Child elements

ObjectDefinition, ParentObject

Attribute Description


Optional Boolean attribute. If set to True, the objects defined in the ObjectDefinition element can overwrite existing objects on the Analysis Services instance. If this attribute is omitted or set to False, the presence of an existing object generates an error.


Optional Enum attribute. Defines the duration of objects defined in the ObjectDefinition element. If this attribute is omitted, the objects defined in the ObjectDefinition element are persisted on the Analysis Services instance. The following values are available:

  • Session
    The objects defined in the ObjectDefinition element exist only for the duration of the XML for Analysis (XMLA) session.
    When using the Session setting, the ObjectDefinition element can only contain Dimension, Cube, or MiningModel ASSL elements.

Each Create operation creates one major object under a parent given by the ParentObject element. If the parent object is omitted, it is assumed to be the destination Analysis Services instance. This generates an error if the parent of a major object is not the destination instance.

The following example creates an empty database named Test Database on an Analysis Services instance.

      <Create xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/analysisservices/2003/engine">
      <Database xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
         <Name>Test Database</Name>
         <Description>A test database.</Description>
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