Name Element (ASSL)

Contains the name of the parent element.


<Action> <!-- or one of the elements listed below in the Element Relationships table -->

Element Characteristics

Characteristic Description

Data type and length

String (up to 100 characters)

Default value



1-1: Required element that occurs once and only once

Element Relationships

Relationship Element

Parent elements

Action, Aggregation, AggregationDesign, AlgorithmParameter, Annotation, Assembly, ClrAssemblyFile, Cube, CubeDimension, CubeHierarchy, Database, DataSource, DataSourceView, Dimension, DimensionAttribute, Group, Hierarchy, Kpi, Level, MdxScript, Measure, MeasureGroup, MemberProperty, MiningModel, MiningModelColumn, MiningStructure, MiningStructureColumn, Partition, Permission, Perspective, PerspectiveCalculation, ReportFormatParameter, ReportParameter, Role, Server, ServerProperty, Trace

Child elements



Every element that is used to define an object (an instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS), a hierarchy, an attribute, and so on) has a Name element as a property. The value of a Name element has the following restrictions:

  • The value cannot contain leading or trailing spaces. If leading or trailing spaces are included in the value of a Name element, those spaces will be implicitly removed by Analysis Services.
  • The value cannot contain control characters. If control characters are included in the value of a Name element, those characters will be implicitly removed by Analysis Services.
  • The following reserved values cannot be used:
    • AUX
    • CLOCK$
    • COM1 through COM9 (COM1, COM2, COM3, and so on)
    • CON
    • LPT1 through LPT9 (LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, and so on)
    • NUL
    • PRN

The following table lists additional characters that cannot be used within the value of a Name element, depending on the parent element.

Parent element Invalid Characters


The name must follow the rules for Microsoft Windows computer names. IP addresses are not valid.



Level, Attribute Element


All other parent elements


See Also


ID Element (ASSL)
Properties (ASSL)

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