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Query SQL Analysis Services Data in MySQL Workbench

Execute MySQL queries against live SQL Analysis Services data from MySQL Workbench.

You can use the SQL Gateway from the ODBC Driver for SQL Analysis Services to query SQL Analysis Services data through a MySQL interface. Follow the procedure below to start the MySQL remoting service of the SQL Gateway and work with live SQL Analysis Services data in MySQL Workbench.

Connect to SQL Analysis Services Data

If you have not already done so, provide values for the required connection properties in the data source name (DSN). You can use the built-in Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to configure the DSN. This is also the last step of the driver installation. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure a DSN.

To connect, provide authentication and set the Url property to a valid SQL Server Analysis Services endpoint. You can connect to SQL Server Analysis Services instances hosted over HTTP with XMLA access. See the Microsoft documentation to configure HTTP access to SQL Server Analysis Services.

To secure connections and authenticate, set the corresponding connection properties, below. The data provider supports the major authentication schemes, including HTTP and Windows, as well as SSL/TLS.

  • HTTP Authentication

    Set AuthScheme to "Basic" or "Digest" and set User and Password. Specify other authentication values in CustomHeaders.

  • Windows (NTLM)

    Set the Windows User and Password and set AuthScheme to "NTLM".

  • Kerberos and Kerberos Delegation

    To authenticate with Kerberos, set AuthScheme to NEGOTIATE. To use Kerberos delegation, set AuthScheme to KERBEROSDELEGATION. If needed, provide the User, Password, and KerberosSPN. By default, the data provider attempts to communicate with the SPN at the specified Url.

  • SSL/TLS:

    By default, the data provider attempts to negotiate SSL/TLS by checking the server's certificate against the system's trusted certificate store. To specify another certificate, see the SSLServerCert property for the available formats.

You can then access any cube as a relational table: When you connect the data provider retrieves SSAS metadata and dynamically updates the table schemas. Instead of retrieving metadata every connection, you can set the CacheLocation property to automatically cache to a simple file-based store.

See the Getting Started section of the CData documentation, under Retrieving Analysis Services Data, to execute SQL-92 queries to the cubes.

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to SQL Analysis Services data as a virtual MySQL database. You will configure a MySQL remoting service that listens for MySQL requests from clients. The service can be configured in the SQL Gateway UI.

Query SQL Analysis Services from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual SQL Analysis Services database created in the SQL Gateway from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live SQL Analysis Services data.

Connect to SQL Analysis Services through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for SQL Analysis Services).
  3. Set the Hostname, Port, and Username parameters to connect to the SQL Gateway.
  4. Click Store in Vault to set and store the password.
  5. Click Test Connection to ensure the connection is configured properly and click OK.

Query SQL Analysis Services Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData SQL Gateway for SQL Analysis Services).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve SQL Analysis Services data, like SELECT * FROM `CData SSAS Sys`.Adventure_Works;

With access to live SQL Analysis Services data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update SQL Analysis Services, just like you would a MySQL database. Get started now with a free, 30-day trial of the CData ODBC Driver for SQL Analysis Services and the CData SQL Gateway.