Create Element (XMLA)

APPLIES TO:yesSQL Server Analysis ServicesyesAzure Analysis Services

Contains Analysis Services Scripting Language (ASSL) elements used by the Execute method to create objects on a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services instance.


   <Create Scope="enum" AllowOverwrite="boolean">  

Element Characteristics

Characteristic Description
Data type and length None
Default value None
Cardinality 0-n: Optional element that can occur more than once.

Element Relationships

Relationship Element
Parent elements Command
Child elements ObjectDefinition, ParentObject


Attribute Description
AllowOverwrite Optional Boolean attribute. If set to True, the objects defined in the ObjectDefinition element can overwrite existing objects on the Analysis Services instance. If this attribute is omitted or set to False, the presence of an existing object generates an error.
Scope Optional Enum attribute. Defines the duration of objects defined in the ObjectDefinition element. If this attribute is omitted, the objects defined in the ObjectDefinition element are persisted on the Analysis Services instance. The following value is available:

Session: The objects defined in the ObjectDefinition element exist only for the duration of the XML for Analysis (XMLA) session.
Note that when using the Session setting, the ObjectDefinition element can only contain Dimension, Cube, or MiningModel ASSL elements.


Each Create operation creates one major object under a parent given by the ParentObject element. If the parent object is omitted, it is assumed to be the destination Analysis Services instance. This generates an error if the parent of a major object is not the destination instance.


The following example creates an empty database named Test Database on an Analysis Services instance.

      <Create xmlns="">  
      <Database xmlns:xsd="" xmlns:xsi="">  
         <Name>Test Database</Name>  
         <Description>A test database.</Description>  

See Also

Commands (XMLA)