what fact table is being used to creat dataset

Posted on 2012-03-23
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Last Modified: 2016-02-14
I have reports that connect to SSAS cubes. Is there an easy way of determining which fact table is being joined in with the dimmesions to create the datasets.

I several fact tables that have the same fields so it is hard to determine for which is the correct fact table.
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If you open your dataset, you can use the "Design Mode" button to switch from the graphical designer to the text editor.  This allows you to have a look at the MDX query behind the dataset and you'll see all dimensions and measures being retrieved.

Here's an article that should give you a bit more insight in this: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS-SQL-Server/MS-SQL_Reporting/A_2320-Your-First-OLAP-Report.html

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ID: 37771240
I want to know what fact (measure)
table is being used since I have more then one. The MDX only says [Measures].[FieldName]
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Ah, well in that case you'll need to look at the cube's design (SSAS project).  If you don't have that project, you can open an existing cube by launching the BIDS and then File > Open > Analysis Services Database.

The following assumes you're looking at the OLAP DB in the BIDS.

If you open the cube and select your measure, you can then use the Properties pane to look at its Source settings.  The table name that you'll find there is the "friendly name" as specified in the Data Source View.  To get the physical name of the fact table, open the Data Source View and locate your table.  In its properties you'll find the actual table name in the Name property.

So I guess that means there isn't really an "easy" way, but at least there is a way :)
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Any way that i can tell when i am in bids in a SSRS project?
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ValentinoV earned 2000 total points
ID: 37772728
Not that I'm aware of (would have mentioned it if it was)...  The Data Source View is the only place in the OLAP database that has references to the physical tables, so you'll really need to check there.

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ID: 37772758
OK Thank you.
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Expert Comment

ID: 37772778
If it's really so difficult to remember where the facts are coming from, perhaps it's an option to rename them to make it more clear?

Or to use measure groups?

I know, both require changes to the cube, so it may not be possible in your situation.  Just wanted to share the options.

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