Using MDX queries in SSIS without OpenQuery

Recently i needed to use data from an SSAS2005 cube as a source within an SSIS data flow. I thought this was going to be pretty simple but only managed to do it nicely after a bit of searching around.

Firstly i tried the obvious way i.e. create a new OLE DB connection by right-clicking from the connections pane, and then choosing the “Native OLEDB\Microsoft OLE DB Provider for Analysis Services 9.0” Provider. In the data flow i used an OLEDB source and types in my MDX query. Preview worked fine but executing the package kept giving me an error (80004005). Darren Gosbell covers this briefly here, and also looks at the linked server with OpenQuery method which i have used elsewhere.

While the linked server solution does work it certainly isnt elegant and does require server settings to be changed. This is not always feasible in reality.. or at least not without due process being followed in production environments. Luckily i came across another solution. Instead of using the OLE DB connection, we instead use an ADO.Net connection, and then use “.Net Providers for OleDb\Microsoft OLE DB Provider for Analysis Services 9.0” provider and configure the connection to your cube. From there use a Datareader source and configure it as per normal, substituting your MDX query instead of T-SQL. The slight downside is that all fields are returned as DT_NTEXT. You will need to convert to DT_WSTR first and then perform a second conversion to the required types. Still better than openquery!

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One Response to Using MDX queries in SSIS without OpenQuery

  1. eoszak says:

    Perfect solution for me, thank you!

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