Friday, June 17, 2011

Whitepaper: Analysis Services Operatings Guide (SSAS)

Microsoft has published the whitepaper: Analysis Services Operatings Guide. In this guide you will find information on how to test and run Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services in SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008 R2 in a production environment. The focus of this guide is how you can test, monitor, diagnose, and remove production issues on even the largest scaled cubes. This paper also provides guidance on how to configure the server for best possible performance. It is the goal of this guide to make your operations processes as painless as possible, and to have you run with the best possible performance without any additional development effort to your deployed cubes. In this guide, you will learn how to get the best out of your existing data model by making changes transparent to the data model and by making configuration changes that improve the user experience of the cube.However, no amount of operational readiness can cure a poorly designed cube. Although this guide shows you where you can make changes transparent to end users, it is important to be aware that there are cases where design change is the only viable path to good performance and reliability. Cubes do not take away the ubiquitous need for informed data modeling. Fortunately, this operations guide has a companion volume targeted at developers: the Analysis Services Performance Guide. We highly recommend that your developers read that white paper and follow the guidance in it.

Enjoy reading the whitepaper Analysis Services Operatings Guide. To directly download the whitepaper from the Microsoft Download Center click here.

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