Managing Analysis Services using Programming

Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services supports several technologies that can be used to perform administrative tasks on an Analysis Services instance. Using the Analysis Services administration technologies, you can do the following:

  • Create or Modify Analysis Services Objects
    You can create or modify Analysis Services objects, such as databases, cubes, dimensions, and mining structures, using Analysis Management Objects (AMO) or XML for Analysis (XMLA) commands containing Analysis Services Scripting Language (ASSL) elements.

    To create or modify Analysis Services objects:

  • Process Analysis Services Objects
    You can process Analysis Services objects, in which the Analysis Services instance retrieves and manipulates data from underlying data sources for databases, cubes, dimensions, mining structures, mining models, measure groups, and partitions.

    To process Analysis Services objects:

  • Manage an Analysis Services Instance
    You can manage an Analysis Services instance by setting configuration properties, managing instance security, and controlling the Windows service for the Analysis Services instance.

    To manage an Analysis Services instance:

Microsoft .NET Framework Support

Starting with SQL Server, Analysis Services fully supports the Microsoft .NET Framework. Support of the .NET Framework lets developers access Analysis Services data and metadata using a choice of .NET-compliant languages or by using native code. The Microsoft .NET Framework SDK includes the Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft C# compilers, as well as related tools.

To create applications that use Analysis Services, developers can use Microsoft Visual Studio .NET—an integrated design environment (IDE) that offers developers many tools and features that simplify and accelerate the iterative cycles of coding, debugging, and testing, and deployment. However, developers do not have to use Visual Studio .NET to compile and build managed applications for Analysis Services. Developers can use any code or text editor that is compatible with the .NET Framework.


By default, the .NET Framework is installed with SQL Server, but the .NET Framework SDK is not. Without the SDK installed on your computer and included in the Books Online collection, links to SDK content in this section will not work. Install the .NET Framework SDK. After you install the SDK, add the SDK to the Books Online collection and table of contents by following the instructions in SQL Server Combined Help Collection Manager.