FIX: "#ERROR" error when you generate a Hyperion Essbase-based report in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services if a field name contains a dot character

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Article ID: 2481926 - View products that this article applies to.
Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 R2 fix release.
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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You use Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) to create a report server project.
  • You add a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services report to the project. The report uses Hyperion Essbase as the data source.

    Note SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) includes a data processing extension that lets you use data from a Hyperion Essbase data source in a report.
  • You design a multidimensional expression (MDX) query. The MDX query is not designed by using the query designer. 

    Note SSRS provides a graphical query designer to build the MDX queries for a Hyperion Essbase data source.
  • The MDX query references a dimension or measure. The unique name for the dimension or measure contains a dot (.) character.
  • You reference the dimension or measure name in a text box or in a group expression.
  • You try to generate the report.
In this scenario, you may encounter one of the following issues: 
  • The text box contains the following error message:
    #ERROR
  • The group expression generates an exception.

CAUSE

This issue occurs because the Hyperion Essbase Business Intelligence data processing extension does not correctly parse the field name that contains the dot (.) character.

The extension parses the field name at the dot (.) character. However, the dot character that is between [ and ] is not a delimiter.

RESOLUTION

Cumulative update information

SQL Server 2008 R2

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 6. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 R2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2489376 Cumulative Update package 6 for SQL Server 2008 R2
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 R2 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
981356 The SQL Server 2008 R2 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 R2 was released

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

REFERENCES

For more information about data sources in SSRS, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) website: 
General information about data sources in SSRS
For more information about the Hyperion Essbase connection type for SSRS, visit the following MSDN website:  
General information about the Hyperion Essbase connection type for SSRS

For more information about the Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935897 An Incremental Servicing Model is available from the SQL Server team to deliver hotfixes for reported problems
For more information about the naming schema for SQL Server updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822499New naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packages
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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Article ID: 2481926 - Last Review: February 21, 2011 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
Keywords: 
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