SQL SERVER Analysis Services – Unable to Start Service. Error: The Filename, Directory Name, or Volume Label Syntax is Incorrect

Sometimes I get a chance to work on something which I have not worked earlier but I give my 100% before I give up. This gives me chance to learn something new and every time I get a new topic to write a blog. In this blog, we would learn about fixing “The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect” error while starting SQL Server Analysis Services. Here is the exact message from system event log while trying to start the services using configuration manager.

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SQL SERVER – Becoming a More Effective DAX Developer with DAX Studio – Notes from the Field #134

[Note from Pinal]: This is a new episode of Notes from the Field series. I personally have no problem accepting that I do not know many topics. One of the such topics is DAX Studio. I always wanted to learn more and I finally got the opportunity to learn more.

In this episode of the Notes from the Field series I asked SQL Expert Bill Anton a very crucial question – How to become a more effective DAX developer with DAX Studio? Bill was very kind to answer the questions and provides plenty of information about how a novice developer can work with DAX Studio.

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SQL SERVER – Optimizing Tabular Models for Self-Service Reporting: Summarize By – Notes from the Field #123

[Note from Pinal]: This is a new episode of Notes from the Field series. I personally have no problem accepting that I do not know many topics. One of the such topic is Tabular Models. I always wanted to learn more and I finally got the opportunity to learn more.

In this episode of the Notes from the Field series I asked SQL Expert Bill Anton a very crucial question – How can we optimize Tabular Models for self service reporting with the help of Summarize By ? Bill was very kind to answer the questions and provides plenty of information about how a novice developer can work with Tabular Models.

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SQL SERVER – Boosting User Experience with Analysis Services Perspectives – Notes from the Field #116

[Note from Pinal]: This is a new episode of Notes from the Field series. When I was new to SSAS it took me quite a while to understand the various terminology of SSAS. The reason for the same was, I was from networking background and not familiar with many of the analytical terms. I am sure if you are not familiar with SSAS the very first line of this blog “Analysis Services Perspectives are a feature that enable the designer to control which portions of the data model are exposed to the users.” may be confusing. It is alright if you are not familiar with the concept, the goal of this blog post is to understand what is perspective and how it helps user experience.

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SQL SERVER – Are You Suffering from Unknown SSAS Performance Challenges? – Notes from the Field #109

[Note from Pinal]: This is a new episode of Notes from the Field series. We build our business application with zeal and enthusiasm. We believe it will do well for many years but it is not the case always. After a while performance started to go down and everything is not…
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SQL SERVER – What are Actions in SSAS and How to Make a Reporting Action

Actions are used for customized browsing and drilling of data for the end-user. It’s an event that a user can raise while accessing the cube data. They are used in cube browsers like excel and are triggered when a user with a client tool clicks on a particular member, level, dimension, cells or may be the cube itself. For example a user might be able to see a reporting services report, open a web page or drill through to detailed information related to the cube data. Let us learn about how make a reporting action.

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