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Synchronize Element (XMLA)

Synchronizes a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) database with another existing database.


Characteristic Description

Data type and length


Default value



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

Relationship Element

Parent elements


Child elements

ApplyCompression, Locations, Source, SynchronizeSecurity

The Synchronize command synchronizes the target database with a source instance and database specified in the Source element. Optionally, the Synchronize command synchronizes remote partitions defined on the source database.

Depending on the storage mode used by objects stored in the backup file, the Synchronize command synchronizes information as listed in the following table.

Storage mode Information

Multidimensional OLAP (MOLAP)

Source data, aggregations, and metadata


Aggregations and metadata

Relational OLAP (ROLAP)


During a Synchronize command, a read lock is placed on the source database and a write lock is placed on the target database. Both locks are released after the Synchronize command has completed.

For more information about synchronizing databases, see Backing Up, Restoring, and Synchronizing Databases (XMLA).