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Foundations of SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence, Second Edition by Guy Fouché, Lynn Langit

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Using the Default Storage: MOLAP

From earlier chapters, you may remember that to view structural changes to your cube, you must process the cube in BIDS and then deploy the changes to Analysis Services. To understand what is happening during this process, you must first be aware of what you are creating when you design and build BI objects, such as DSVs, cubes, and dimensions using BIDS. Although you are working in a GUI environment, commands in the XMLA SSAS metadata language are being generated behind the scenes.

XML for Analysis

XML for Analysis (XMLA) is an open-standard XML dialect that is used for client-server communications between OLAP servers. XMLA describes its messages in a SOAP-style format designed to access multidimensional databases ...

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