Data Sources Supported (SSAS Tabular)

This topic describes the types of data sources that can be used with tabular models.

This article contains the following sections:

Supported Data Sources

You can import data from the data sources in the following table. When you install SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT), setup does not install the providers that are listed for each data source. Some providers might already be installed with other applications on your computer; in other cases you will need to download and install the provider.

Source Versions File type Providers 1
Access databases Microsoft Access 2003, 2007, 2010. .accdb or .mdb ACE 14 OLE DB provider
SQL Server relational databases Microsoft SQL Server2005, 2008, 2008 R2; SQL Server 2012, Microsoft SQL Azure Database 2 (not applicable) OLE DB Provider for SQL Server

SQL Server Native Client OLE DB Provider

SQL Server Native 10.0 Client OLE DB Provider

.NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Client
SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) 3 2008 R2 (not applicable) OLE DB provider for SQL Server PDW
Oracle relational databases Oracle 9i, 10g, 11g. (not applicable) Oracle OLE DB Provider

.NET Framework Data Provider for Oracle Client

.NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Server


Teradata relational databases Teradata V2R6, V12 (not applicable) TDOLEDB OLE DB provider

.Net Data Provider for Teradata
Informix relational databases (not applicable) Informix OLE DB provider
IBM DB2 relational databases 8.1 (not applicable) DB2OLEDB
Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) relational databases 15.0.2 (not applicable) Sybase OLE DB provider
Other relational databases (not applicable) (not applicable) OLE DB provider or ODBC driver
Text files (not applicable) .txt, .tab, .csv ACE 14 OLE DB provider for Microsoft Access
Microsoft Excel files Excel 97-2003, 2007, 2010 .xlsx, xlsm, .xlsb, .xltx, .xltm ACE 14 OLE DB provider
PowerPivot workbook Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services xlsx, xlsm, .xlsb, .xltx, .xltm ASOLEDB 10.5

(used only with PowerPivot workbooks that are published to SharePoint farms that have PowerPivot for SharePoint installed)
Analysis Services cube Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008 R2 Analysis Services (not applicable) ASOLEDB 10
Data feeds

(used to import data from Reporting Services reports, Atom service documents, Microsoft Azure Marketplace DataMarket, and single data feed)
Atom 1.0 format

Any database or document that is exposed as a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Data Service (formerly ADO.NET Data Services).
.atomsvc for a service document that defines one or more feeds

.atom for an Atom web feed document
Microsoft Data Feed Provider for PowerPivot

.NET Framework data feed data provider for PowerPivot
Office Database Connection files .odc

1 You can also use the OLE DB Provider for ODBC.

2 For more information about SQL Azure, see the web site SQL Azure.

3 For more information about SQL Server PDW, see the web site SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse.

4 In some cases, using the MSDAORA OLE DB provider can result in connection errors, particularly with newer versions of Oracle. If you encounter any errors, we recommend that you use one of the other providers listed for Oracle.

Unsupported Sources

The following data source is not currently supported:

  • Server documents such as Access databases already published to SharePoint, cannot be imported.

Tips for Choosing Data Sources

  1. Importing tables from relational databases saves you steps because foreign key relationships are used during import to create relationships between tables in the model designer.

  2. Importing multiple tables, and then deleting the ones you don't need, can also save you steps. If you import tables one at a time, you might still need to create relationships between the tables manually.

  3. Columns that contain similar data in different data sources are the basis of creating relationships within the model designer. When using heterogeneous data sources, choose tables that have columns that can be mapped to tables in other data sources that contain identical or similar data.

  4. OLE DB providers can sometimes offer faster performance for large scale data. When choosing between different providers for the same data source, you should try the OLE DB provider first.

See Also

Data Sources (SSAS Tabular)
Import Data (SSAS Tabular)