What should you do?

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You administer a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) tabular model for a travel agency that specializes in vacation packages. Vacation bookings and packages are stored in a SQL Server database. You use the model as the basis for customer emails that highlight vacation packages that are currently underbooked, or projected to be underbooked.
The company plans to incorporate cruise ship vacation packages. Cruise ship vacation packages include new features such as region availability and cruise line specialties that require changes to the tabular model.
You must ensure that the tabular model reflects the new vacation packages.
You need to configure the tabular data model.
What should you do?
A. Ensure that DirectQuery is enabled for the model.
B. Ensure that DirectQuery is disabled for the model.
C. Ensure that the Transactional Deployment property is set to True.
D. Ensure that the Transactional Deployment property is set to False.
E. Process the model in Process Full mode.
F. Process the model in Process Data mode.
G. Process the model in Process Defrag mode.

Answer: E
Explanation:
Process Full processes an Analysis Services object and all the objects that it contains. When Process Full is executed against an object that has already been processed, Analysis Services drops all data in the object, and then processes the object. This kind of processing is required when a structural change has been made to an object, for example, when an attribute hierarchy is added, deleted, or renamed.

How should you complete the MDX statement?

DRAG DROP
You are writing a MDX query to retrieve data from a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) cube named Channel Sales. The cube defines two measures named Sales and Cost. The cube also defines a Date dimension and a Product dimension.
You need to retrieve profit values for a year named CY2016.
How should you complete the MDX statement? To answer, drag the appropriate MDX segment to the correct locations. Each MDX segment may be used once, more than once, or not at all. You may need to drag the split bar between panes or scroll to view content.

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Answer:

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Explanation:
References: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/analysis-services/multidimensional-models/mdx/working-with-members-tuples-and-sets-mdx

Which change should you make to the properties for the Stock Item Key and Photo attributes?

You are building a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services multidimensional model over a SQL Server database. In a cube named OrderAnalysis, there is a standard cube dimension named Stock Item.
This dimension has the following attributes:
Users report that the attributes Stock Item Key and Photo are distracting and are not providing any value. They have asked for the attributes to be removed. However, these attributes are needed by other cubes.
You need to hide the specified attributes from the end users of the OrderAnalysis cube. You do not want to change the structure of the dimension.
Which change should you make to the properties for the Stock Item Key and Photo attributes?
A. Set the AttributeHierarchyVisible property to False.
B. Set the AttributeHierarchyEnabledproperty to False.
C. Set the AttributeVisibility property to Hidden.
D. Set the Usage property to Regular.
E. Set the AttributeHierarchyDisplayFolder property to Hidden.

Answer: A
Explanation:
The value of the AttributeHierarchyEnabled property determines whether an attribute hierarchy is created. If this property is set to False, the attribute hierarchy is not created and the attribute cannot be used as a level in a user hierarchy; the attribute hierarchy exists as a member property only. However, a disabled attribute hierarchy can still be used to order the members of another attribute. If the value of the AttributeHierarchyEnabled property is set to True, the value of the AttributeHierarchyVisible property determines whether the attribute hierarchy is visible independent of its use in a user-defined hierarchy.
References:https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms166717(v=sql.110).aspx

What should you do?

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You administer a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) tabular model for a retail company. The model is the basis for reports on inventory levels, popular products, and regional store performance.
The company recently split up into multiple companies based on product lines. Each company starts with a copy of the database and tabular model that contains data for a specific product line.
You need to optimize performance of queries that use the copied tabular models while minimizing downtime.
What should you do?
A. Ensure that DirectQuery is enabled for the model.
B. Ensure that DirectQuery is disabled for the model.
C. Ensure that the Transactional Deployment property is set to True.
D. Ensure that the Transactional Deployment property is set to False.
E. Process the model in Process Full mode.
F. Process the model in Process Data mode.
G. Process the model in Process Defrag mode.

Answer: C
Explanation:
The Transactional Deployment setting controls whether the deployment of metadata changes and process commands occurs in a single transaction or in separate transactions.
If this option is True (default), Analysis Services deploys all metadata changes and all process commands within a single transaction.
If this option is False, Analysis Services deploys the metadata changes in a single transaction, and deploys each processing command in its own transaction.
References:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/analysis-services/multidimensional-models/deployment-script-files-specifying-processing-options

Does the solution meet the goal?

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A company has an e-commerce website. When a customer places an order, information about the transaction is inserted into tables in a Microsoft SQL Server relational database named OLTP1. The company has a SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) instance that is configured to use Tabular mode. SSAS uses data from OLTP1 to populate a data model.
Sales analysts build reports based on the SSAS model. Reports must be able to access data as soon as it is available in the relational database.
You need to configure and deploy an Analysis Services project to the Analysis Services instance that allows near real-time data source access.
Solution: In the Deployment Option property for the report, you set the Query Mode to InMemory with DirectQuery.
Does the solution meet the goal?
A. Yes
B. No

Answer: B
Explanation:
With InMemory with DirectQuery: Queries use the cache by default, unless otherwise specified in the connection string from the client.
References: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh230898(v=sql.120).aspx

Which three actions should perform in sequence?

Topic 3, Case Study #3

Background
You are a developer for a Seattle-based company. The company is expanding globally. Many company employees speak fluent Mandarin and read Simplified Chinese.

You have six tabular data models that are deployed to two instances of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS).

Users report that the query takes a long time to complete.

You are planning the disk space allocations for a new Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services deployment. You plan to move several relational data file databases to the new SSAS instance. The databases require a total of 10 GB of disk space.

You also plan to deploy Cubes and Aggregations and use Object Processing. Cubes will have small fact tables and few dimension members. No unnecessary aggregations will be created. You plan to process an entire cube in a single transaction.

Data Models
One of the data models is named CustomerSales. This data model contains eight tables. The model includes a table named Sales that defines several measures, including a measure named PriorYearSales. The PriorYearSales measure is referenced by other measures, and is not intended to be analyzed directly by users. You must translate the metadata for all fata the CustomerSales data model to Simplifies Chinese. Team members from the Shanghai office assist with identifying appropriate translations.

A data model named OrderAnalysis is deployed to one of the SSAS instances. Order data is loaded into the OrderAnalysis data as part of an overnight process. You observe that the model is not up-to-date.

The business analysis team uses a variety of client applications to issue MDX queries against OrderAnalysis. Order data must be completely up-to-date.

The OrderAnalysis model has two user-defined hierarchies that are defined in a table named Order. New customers are only added once per day. The overnight process is sufficiently up-to-date for the Customer data to provide optimal performance while achieving the data currency goals whenever possible.

Databases
You deploy a database named DB1 to an SSAS instance as a project by using SQL Server Data Tools. Data analysts report that they cannot access near real time data from the SSAS SalesAnalysis model from DB1. You discover that the project has been deployed with the Direct Query Mode option set to OFF.

Most queries that use the SalesAnalysis data model use data from a table named FactInternetSales that is 20 gigabyte (GB) in size. Cached data must be available for the FactInternetSales table. All queries accessing the SalesAnalysis model must be executed in near real time.

DRAG DROP
A database named DB2 uses the InMemory query mode.
Users frequently run the following query:

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You need to reconfigure the SSAS instance that hosts DB1.
Which three actions should perform in sequence? To answer, move the appropriate actions from the list of actions to the answer area and arrange them in the correct order.

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Answer:

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Explanation:
Step 1: Set the default mode for the data model to DirectQuery.
You discover that the project has been deployed with the Direct Query Mode option set to OFF.
Step 2: Set the mode for the FactInternetSales table’s partition to DirectQueryOnly.
Initially, even DirectQuery models are always created in memory. The default query mode for the workspace database is also set toDirectQuery with In-Memory. This hybrid working mode lets you use the cache of imported data for improved performance during the model design process, while validating the model against DirectQuery requirements.
From Scenario: Most queries that use the SalesAnalysis data model use data from a table named FactInternetSales that is 20 gigabyte (GB) in size. Cached data must be available for the FactInternetSales table. All queries accessing the SalesAnalysis model must be executed in near real time.
Step 3: Run Process Full for the FactInternetSales partition.
When Process Full is executed against an object that has already been processed, Analysis Services drops all data in the object, and then processes the object. This kind of processing is required when a structural change has been made to an object, for example, when an attribute hierarchy is added, deleted, or renamed

Which property should you configure?

1.Topic 1, Wide World Importers

Background
Wide World Importers imports and sells clothing. The company has a multidimensional Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services instance. The server has 80 gigabytes (GB) of available physical memory. The following installed services are running on the server:

*SQL Server Database Engine
* SQL Server Analysis Services (multidimensional)
The database engine instance has been configured for a hard cap of 50 GB, and it cannot be lowered. The instance contains the following cubes: SalesAnalysis, OrderAnalysis.

Reports that are generated based on data from the OrderAnalysis cube take more time to complete when they are generated in the afternoon each day. You examine the server and observe that it is under significant memory pressure.

Processing for all cubes must occur automatically in increments. You create one job to process the cubes and another job to process the dimensions. You must configure a processing task for each job that optimizes performance. As the cubes grown in size, the overnight processing of the cubes often do not complete during the allowed maintenance time window.

SalesAnalysis
The SalesAnalysis cube is currently being tested before being used in production. Users report that day name attribute values are sorted alphabetically. Day name attribute values must be sorted chronologically. Users report that they are unable to query the cube while any cube processing operations are in progress. You need to maximize data availability during cube processing and ensure that you process both dimensions and measures.

OrderAnalysis
The OrderAnalysis cube is used for reporting and ad-hoc queries from Microsoft Excel. The data warehouse team adds a new table named Fact.Transaction to the cube. The Fact.Transaction table includes a column named Total Including Tax. You must add a new measure named Transactions C Total Including Tax to the cube. The measure must be calculated as the sum of the Total Including Tax column across any selected relevant dimensions.

Finance
The Finance cube is used to analyze General Ledger entries for the company.

Requirements
*You must minimize the time that it takes to process cubes while meeting the following requirements:
*The Sales cube requires overnight processing of dimensions, cubes, measure groups, and partitions.
*The OrderAnalysis cube requires overnight processing of dimensions only.
*The Finance cube requires overnight processing of dimensions only.

You need to configure the server to optimize the afternoon report generation based on the OrderAnalysis cube.
Which property should you configure?
A. LowMemoryLimit
B. VertiPaqPagingPolicy
C. TotalMemoryLimit
D. VirtualMemoryLimit

Answer: A
Explanation:
LowMemoryLimit: For multidimensional instances, a lower threshold at which the server first begins releasing memory allocated to infrequently used objects.
From scenario: Reports that are generated based on data from the OrderAnalysis cube take more time to complete when they are generated in the afternoon each day. You examine the server and observe that it is under significant memory pressure.

Does the solution meet the goal?

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You deploy a tabular data model to an instance of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). The model uses an in-memory cache to store and query data. The data set is already the same size as the available RAM on the server. Data volumes are likely to continue to increase rapidly.
Your data model contains multiple calculated tables.
The data model must begin processing each day at 2:00 and processing should be complete by 4:00 the same day. You observe that the data processing operation often does not complete before 7:00. This is adversely affecting team members.
You need to improve the performance.
Solution: Enable Buffer Cache Extensions.
Does the solution meet the goal?
A. Yes
B. No

Answer: B
Explanation:
In this scenario we would need both Buffer Cache Extensions and SSD.
The buffer pool extension provides the seamless integration of a nonvolatile random access memory (that is, solid-state drive) extension to the Database Engine buffer pool to significantly improve I/O throughput.
References:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/database-engine/configure-windows/buffer-pool-extension

Does the solution meet the goal?

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You have a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) multidimensional database that stores customer and order data for customers in the United States only.
The database contains the following objects:

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Does the solution meet the goal?
You must create a KPI named Large Sales Target that uses the Traffic Light indicator to display status.
The KPI must contain:

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Does the solution meet the goal?
You need to create the KPI.
Solution: You set the value of the Status expression to:

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Does the solution meet the goal?
Does the solution meet the goal?
A. Yes
B. No

Answer: B

What should you do?

Topic 2, Case Study #2

Background
Wide World Importers has multidimensional cubes named SalesAnalysis and ProductSales. The SalesAnalysis cube is refreshed from a relational data warehouse. You have a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services instance that is configured to use tabular mode. You have a tabular data model named CustomerAnalysis.

Sales Analysis
The SalesAnalysis cube contains a fact table named CoffeeSale loaded from a table named FactSale in the data warehouse. The time granularity within the cube is 15 minutes. The cube is processed every night at 23:00. You determine that the fact table cannot be fully processed in the expected time. Users have reported slow query response times.

The SalesAnalysis model contains tables from a SQL Server database named SalesDB. You set the DirectQueryMode option to DirectQuery. Data analyst access data from a cache that is up to 24 hours old. Data analyst report performance issues when they access the SalesAnalysis model.

When analyzing sales by customer, the total of all sales is shown for every customer, instead of the customer’s sales value. When analyzing sales by product, the correct totals for each product are shown.

Customer Analysis
You are redesigning the CustomerAnalysis tabular data model that will be used to analyze customer sales. You plan to add a table named CustomerPermission to the model. This table maps the Active Directory login of an employee with the CustomerId keys for all customers that the employee manages.

The CustomerAnalysis data model will contain a large amount of data and needs to be shared with other developers even if a deployment fails. Each time you deploy a change during development, processing takes a long time.

Data analysts must be able to analyze sales for financial years, financial quarters, months, and days. Many reports are based on analyzing sales by month.

Product Sales
The ProductSales cube allows data analysts to view sales information by product, city, and time. Data analysts must be able to view ProductSales data by Year to Date (YTD) as a measure. The measure must be formatted as currency, associated with the Sales measure group, and contained in a folder named Calculations.

Requirements
You identify the following requirements:
* Data available during normal business hours must always be up-to-date.
* Processing overhead must be minimized.
* Query response times must improve.
* All queries that access the SalesAnalysis model must use cached data by default.
* Data analysts must be able to access data in near real time.

HOTSPOT
You need to configure the project option settings to minimize deployment time for the CustomerAnalysis data model.
What should you do? To answer, select the appropriate setting from each list in the answer area.

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Answer:

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Explanation:
Scenario:
Box 1, Processing option:Default
Process Default detects the process state of database objects, and performs processing necessary to deliver unprocessed or partially processed objects to a fully processed state. If you change a data binding, Process Default will do a Process Full on the affected object.
Note: Processing Method This setting controls whether the deployed objects are processed after deployment and the type of processing that will be performed. There are three processing options:
Default processing (default)
Full processing
None
Box 2, Transactional deployment: False
If this option is False, Analysis Services deploys the metadata changes in a single transaction, and deploys each processing command in its own transaction.
Scenario: The CustomerAnalysis data model will contain a large amount of data and needs to be shared with other developers even if a deployment fails. Each time you deploy a change during development, processing takes a long time.
References:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/analysis-services/multidimensional-models/deployment-script-files-specifying-processing-options