The XML for Analysis (XMLA) protocol uses two methods, Discover and Execute, to offer a standard way for applications to access information on an instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS). Because these methods are invoked by using Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), they accept input and deliver output in XML. Analysis Services implements both methods, in compliance with the XML for Analysis 1.1 specification.
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The following topics describe the XMLA methods implemented by Analysis Services.
Retrieves information, such as the list of available databases or details about a specific object, from an instance of Analysis Services. The data retrieved with the Discover method depends on the values of the parameters passed to it.
Sends XMLA commands to an instance of Analysis Services. This includes requests involving data transfer, such as retrieving or updating data on the server.