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SSAS Stored Procedures - connecting to the transactional data source

There are often circumstances where an SSAS stored procedure needs to connect to the transactional database to perform a query.  This is certainly the case in a near-real-time OLAP solution where the cube sits directly on top of the application database and dynamic dimension security is implemented by a stored proc. Here the SSAS stored procedure has to query the transactional database in order to get the user's authorisation. Clearly the SSAS database has a data source and it uses this connection to process the cube. So how do we get the connection string?

Well the short code snippet below provides the solution. The code simply connects back to the current database using AMO and obtains the connection string from the data source object. It then removes the redundant "Provider=SQLNCLI.1;" before returning a valid SQL connection string that can be used by SqlConnection().

Of course, you must provide your stored proc assembly with the "Unrestricted" permission set and set its impersonation mode to "Service Account" for the connection string to work.

using AMO = Microsoft.AnalysisServices;

using Microsoft.AnalysisServices.AdomdServer;


/// <summary>

/// Obtains the SqlConnection string used by the OLAP database

/// </summary>

/// <returns></returns>

public static string GetSqlConnectionString()


    // connect to the current instance of Analysis Services and return the transactional data source

    AMO.Server svr = new AMO.Server();

    svr.Connect("Data Source=" + Context.CurrentServerID + ";Initial Catalog=" + Context.CurrentDatabaseName);

    // get the connection to the transactional database from the OLAP connection manager

    string connStr = svr.Databases.GetByName(Context.CurrentDatabaseName).DataSources[0].ConnectionString.Replace("Provider=SQLNCLI.1;", "");


    return (connStr);


Published Wednesday, April 23, 2008 2:17 PM by DrJohn
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