Implementing and Maintaining SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services and Business Intelligence Solutions

In this five-day instructor-led course, you will learn to design and maintain business intelligence solutions for your organization using SQL Server 2008. You will learn how to use the SQL Server development tools to create Analysis Services databases and OLAP cubes. In addition, you will learn to implement complete business intelligence solutions from design to development to production and, finally, end user analysis and reporting.

This course incorporates material from the Official Microsoft Learning Product 6234: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services.


  • How SQL Server Analysis Services can be used to implement analytical solutions
  • Create multidimensional analysis solutions with SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Implement dimensions and cubes in an Analysis Services solution
  • Implement measures and measure groups in an Analysis Services solution
  • Query a multidimensional Analysis Services solution
  • Customize an Analysis Services cube
  • Deploy and secure an Analysis Services database
  • Maintain a multidimensional Analysis Services solution
  • Implement a Data Mining solution
  • Tune SSAS cubes
  • Design SSAS for performance
  • Load Data Warehouse solutions using SSIS
  • Create and implement Reporting Solutions using SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Integrate SSAS with Microsoft Excel
  • Create Excel Reports against cubes
  • Expose cubes in a Sharepoint environment

Target Audience

  • Individuals who design and maintain business intelligence solutions and who work in environments where databases play a key role in their primary job and may perform database administration, database design, data warehouse design, maintenance, or ETL as part of their primary job responsibilities.
  • Individuals, including report writers, business analysts, and financial analysts, who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server Analysis Services to the organization.


  • Experience navigating the Microsoft Windows Server environment
  • Experience with Windows services (starting and stopping)
  • Experience creating service accounts and permissions
  • Experience with Microsoft SQL Server, including:
    • SQL Server Agent
    • SQL Server query language (SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, and DELETE)
    • SQL Server System tables
    • SQL Server accounts (users and permissions)
  • Course 6182: Implementing and Maintaining SQL Server 2008
  • Course 6174: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

Expected Duration

5 day

Course Objectives

1. Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services

  • Overview of Data Analysis Solutions
  • Overview of SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Installing SQL Server Analysis Services

2. Creating Multidimensional Analysis Solutions

  • Developing Analysis Services Solutions
  • Creating Data Sources and Data Source Views
  • Creating a Cube

3. Working with Cubes and Dimensions

  • Configuring Dimensions
  • Defining Attribute Hierarchies
  • Sorting and Grouping Attributes

4. Working with Measures and Measure Groups

  • Working with Measures
  • Working with Measure Groups

5. Querying Multidimensional Analysis Solutions

  • MDX Fundamentals
  • Adding Calculations to a Cube

6. Customizing Cube Functionality

  • Implementing Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
  • Implementing Actions
  • Implementing Perspectives
  • Implementing Translations

7. Deploying and Securing an Analysis Services Database

  • Deploying an Analysis Services Database
  • Securing an Analysis Services Database

8. Maintaining a Multidimensional Solution

  • Configuring Processing
  • Logging, Monitoring, and Optimizing an Analysis Services Solution
  • Backing Up and Restoring an Analysis Services Database

9. Introduction to Data Mining

  • Overview of Data Mining
  • Creating a Data Mining Solution
  • Validating Data Mining Models

10. Exclusive – Tuning SSAS

  • Index Creation, Maintenance, and Tuning
  • Using SQL Server Profiler against SSAS Cubes
  • Proactive Caching Overview
  • Benefits of Proactive Caching
  • Implementing Proactive Caching
  • Aggregation Design and Tuning

11. Exclusive – SQL Server Integration Services

  • Overview of SSIS
  • SSIS Designer
  • Running SSIS Packages
  • Populating a Data Warehouse with SSIS

12. Exclusive – Integrating SSAS and MS Excel

  • Installing Microsoft Office 2007 Tools
  • Connecting to SSAS Cubes
  • Creating Pivot Tables and Charts against Cubes

13. Exclusive – Reporting Services

  • Overview of Reporting Services
  • Setting Up and Configuring Reporting Services
  • Creating Reports using Business Intelligence Development Studio
  • Creating Ad Hoc Reports using Report Builder