How to: Connect in Online Mode to an Analysis Services Database using Business Intelligence Development Studio

New: 14 April 2006

You can connect directly to an existing Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) database and directly modify objects within that database. When you connect directly to an Analysis Services database, changes to objects occur immediately and no Analysis Services project is created within Business Intelligence Development Studio.

  1. Open Business Intelligence Development Studio.

  2. On the File menu, point to Open and then click Analysis Services Database.

  3. Select Connect to existing database.

  4. Specify the server name and the database name.

    You can either type the database name or query the server to view the existing databases on the server.

  5. Click OK.

    You can now directly edit any objects within the Analysis Services database.

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