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  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (14 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672330016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672330018
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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As the foundation of the Microsoft Business Intelligence Strategy, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services provides users with faster access to data and even more tools for managing and analyzing data across multidimensional objects (databases, dimensions, cubes).


Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Unleashed is the ultimate guide for anyone who is planning to use the latest version of Analysis Services. It gives readers insight into the way Analysis Services functions, and explains practical methods for designing and creating multidimensional objects. It also provides valuable insight into the reasons behind the design decisions taken by the product development team. The authors have been involved with Analysis Services from its earliest days. They have documented in detail the internal features of Analysis Services 2008, explaining server architecture, main data structures, data processing, and query resolution algorithms.


  • Discover the new functionality introduced in Analysis Services 2008 including MDX enhancements and new DMV (dynamic memory views)
  • Work with the Business Intelligence Development Studio, the new Dimension Editor, and Aggregation Designer interfaces
  • Enjoy complete coverage of new Shared Scalable Databases scale-out infrastructure
  • Learn the key concepts of multidimensional modeling
  • Explore the multidimensional object model and its definition language
  • Integrate multidimensional and relational databases
  • Build client applications to access data in Analysis Services
  • Unravel the inner workings of the server architecture, including main data structures, data processing, and query resolution algorithms
  • Learn the main concepts of the MDX language and gain an in-depth understanding of advanced MDX concepts
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the internal and external protocols for data transfer, including the XML/A protocol
  • Discover how Analysis Services manages memory
  • Explore the security model, including role-based security, code-access security, and data security


Category: Microsoft SQL Server

Covers: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services

User Level: Intermediate-Advanced


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About the Author

Irina Gorbach is a senior development lead at Microsoft. She joined the Analysis Services team soon after its creation over 11 years ago. During her work at Microsoft, Irina has designed and developed many features of the Analysis Services product, and was responsible for client subsystem: OLEDB and ADOMD.Net. Irina was in the original group of architects that designed XML for Analysis specification; she worked on the architecture and design of calculation algorithms and currently is working on scalability of Analysis Services.


Alexander Berger

was one of the first developers to work on OLAP systems at Panorama, prior to their purchase by Microsoft. After the acquisition, Alexander led the development of Microsoft OLAP Server through all of its major releases prior to SSAS 2008. Currently, Alexander leads the Business Intelligence department for Microsoft adCenter. He is one of the architects of OLEDB for the OLAP standard and MDX language, and holds more than 30 patents in the area of multidimensional databases.


Edward Melomed is one of the original members of the Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services team. He arrived in Redmond as part of Microsoft’s acquisition of Panorama Software Systems, Inc., which led to the technology that gave rise to Analysis Services 2008. He works as a program manager at Microsoft and plays a major role in the infrastructure design for the Analysis Services engine.

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I've taught myself SQL from books, and managed to get involved with a project to create a large data warehouse and various cubes off of that.

The project has been fascinating, but I realised that while I'm enthusiastic and have taught myself a lot, Analysis Services is a very complex offering. Sure once you've created a data warehouse you can put together a cube relatively easily, but there's much more to Analysis Services.

It's a big text book, but it's also surprisingly readable. I've started working through it so that I have a comprehensive understanding of the systems I'm using, but it's also great for looking up specific things, and yesterday I used it to establish how to set up security which effectively creates "sub-cubes".

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is or will be working with Analysis Services, with the only note being that it will be (very) heavy going if you have literally no knowledge of data warehousing or Analysis Services.
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A disappointing purchase. I've previously read Microsoft's "SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services - Step by Step" which was an excellent book. I decided to purchase this "Unleashed" version and was very disappointed. So many examples on using script to modify cubes when most sensible developers would be using Visual Studio most of the time. Too theoretical and not very practical. Currently gather dust. Definitely not for the beginner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent if you want/need to really get under the covers 2 Mar. 2011
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Don't get this book for any sort of introduction to Analysis Services, though it attempts to have sufficient breadth to have something for everyone. This book would be best for someone who has already worked extensively with Analysis Services for several years and wants or needs to take it to the next level, in terms of cube size and performance (both processing and querying), where you really need to understand what is going on in the engine under the covers.

Something that is rarely appreciated is just how open Microsoft has always been with respect to this product in allowing such detailed information on its inner workings to be made publicly available. The chapters on internals are the most valuable compared to other information sources that are out there.

It is true as another reviewer complained that there exist an unnecessary number of grammatical, syntax and spelling errors (the only reason I don't give 5 stars), but they are and I hate to say it, minor irritants compared to the valuable information presented. The other negative reviews I just don't grock at all. If I have any complaint it is that many of the internals details are presented so matter-of-factly that they can slide right by you without your realizing their significance or implications. They also could have included more on how the workings that are revealed relate to the many server parameters you can adjust and the many performance monitor counters you can utilize in SQL Server Profiler and perfmon to gain deep insight into what is going on underneath.

If you aren't already conversant with Profiler, get a good book on it too, like Mastering SQL Server Profiler by Brad McGehee - it's focused on SQL Server counters but it all applies to AS also. Profiler and perfmon are your friends when to comes to deep diving AS performance.

I also appreciated the chapter on coding with ADOMD.NET, a topic that many MS AS practitioners never get close to even with years of experience - it's a great quick-start.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good SQL Book 18 May 2014
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Helpful insight into Analysis Services. Inna Gorbach often is able to elaborate in a neat and concise manner and this book is no exception
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very useful. 13 May 2014
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This book is all detail and no big picture. I didn't even find it useful as a reference. Save your money.
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks 3 Mar. 2014
By cfrench - Published on
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This was a great resource for my project. I looking forward to review other books on your list in the near future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Reference for Analysis Services Experts 3 Feb. 2013
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This book contains detailed insights into the internals of Analysis Services and is a must own for any Analysis Services professional.
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