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Automating partition creating

The use of multiple partitions per measure group is promoted to improve both query and processing performance as well as the overall manageability of cubes. Partitioning strategies are often time-based, so that a single partition may represent a specific year, quarter, month, or some other unit of time.

One of the central challenges of partitioning a measure group on time (or any other non-static dimension) is that new partitions may be required over the life of the cube. If it can be predicted when these partitions might be needed, the required partitions can be manually created in advance by the admin. Where values cannot be predicted, an "overflow" partition can be created to catch any values not attributed to other, more precisely defined partitions.

Still, having the ETL layer query the database to determine the partitions required and then create those partitions on your behalf is a much more attractive approach. Below is a simplistic script demonstrating the use of AMO to do just that.


Tags: partition, amo, ssis


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