Max Parallelism on Cube Processing

The default behavior for processing cubes is to let the server determine how much parallelism to use. Let’s face it, the server must’ve not learned to play nice with others as a kid; as such, it doesn’t always make the best decisions. But fear not, you can help it along.

When processing a cube, click on “Change Settings…”

SSAS Cube Processing

SSAS Cube Processing

Now change the “Maximum parallel tasks” to 1, 2, or whatever is appropriate for your environment:

SSAS Cube Processing Settings

SSAS Cube Processing Settings

That’s all there is to it. Happy cube processing!

Hello (BI) World!

For those who are not already aware, I’ve recently switched to the Business Intelligence team as an OLAP developer. I’m pretty excited about the opportunity to learn more about cubes and data mining, and I’ve decided it’s time to start sharing some of what I’m learning. My initial BI-related blog posts will probably be more entry-level topics as I learn my way around BIDS (Business Intelligence Development Studio).

To get started, I’d like to share my current favorite BI resource website: http://www.learnmicrosoftbi.com. LearnMicrosoftBI is an excellent, FREE website run by Craig Utley. Yes, you heard me right… you have to register, but the site is FREE. There are currently 38 videos on SSAS and BI-related topics, ranging from 7 minutes to 58 minutes long. I haven’t watched them all, but the ones I have watched have been helpful. If you’re trying to learn SSAS, be sure to check this site out.

Here’s a couple of other items of note: