Lesson 10 - Granting Process Database Permissions

APPLIES TO:yesSQL Server Analysis ServicesnoAzure Analysis Services

After you install an instance of Analysis Services, all members of the Analysis Services server administrator role in that instance have server-wide permissions to perform any task within the instance of Analysis Services. By default, no other users have any permission to administer or view any objects in the instance of Analysis Services.

A member of the server administrator role can grant users administrative access on a server-wide basis by making them members of the role. A member of the server administrator role can also grant users access on a more limited basis by granting them limited or complete administrative or access permissions at the database level. Limited administrative permissions include process or read definition permissions at the database, cube, or dimension level.

In the tasks in this topic, you will define a Process Database Objects security role that grants members of the role permission to process all database objects, but no permission to view data within the database.

Defining a Process Database Objects Security Role

  1. In Solution Explorer, right-click Roles and then click New Role to open the Role Designer.

  2. Click the Process database check box.

  3. In the Properties window, change the Name property for this new role to Process Database Objects Role.

    Role Designer

  4. Switch to the Membership tab of Role Designer and click Add.

  5. Enter the accounts of the Windows domain users or groups who will be members of this role. Click Check Names to verify the account information, and then click OK.

  6. Switch to the Cubes tab of Role Designer.

    Notice that members of this role have permissions to process this database, but have no permission to access the data in the Analysis Services Tutorial cube and have no local cube/drillthrough access, as shown in the following image.

    Cubes tab of Role Designer

  7. Switch to the Dimensions tab of Role Designer.

    Notice that members of this role have permissions to process all dimension objects in this database, and, by default, have read permissions to access each dimension object in the Analysis Services Tutorial database.

  8. On the Build menu, click Deploy Analysis Services Tutorial.

    You have now successfully defined and deployed the Process Database Objects security role. After a cube is deployed to the production environment, the administrators of the deployed cube can add users to this role as required to delegate processing responsibilities to specific users.


A completed project for Lesson 10 is available by downloading and installing the samples. For more information, see Install Sample Data and Projects for the Analysis Services Multidimensional Modeling Tutorial.

See Also

Roles and Permissions (Analysis Services)