FIX: "An error occurred when loading the <Name> dimension" error when you perform some operations in SSAS 2012

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Assume that you try any of the following operations in Microsoft SQL Server 2012:
  • You create a backup file of a SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 (SSAS 2012) database, and then you try to restore the database by using the backup file.
  • You restart SSAS In-memory Business Intelligence (IMBI) services, and then IMBI tries to read SSAS data from disks.
  • You try to synchronize SSAS 2012 databases.
  • You try to attach an SSAS 2012 database to or detach an SSAS 2012 database from an instance of SQL Server 2012.
In this situation, the SSAS 2012 database might be unavailable. Additionally, you might receive the following error message:
An error occurred when loading the DimensionName dimension, from the file, '\\?\SystemDrive:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSAS11.T1\OLAP\Data\DatabaseName.0.db\DimentionName_31a096a3-48ac-4aee-81d8-44a1d1f1f2a1.1.dim.xml'.
An error occurred when loading the DatabaseName database, from the file, '\\?\SystemDrive:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSAS11.T1\OLAP\Data\DatabaseName.0.db.xml'.


The issue occurs because of a bug that prevents the IMBI engine from reading or writing more than 4 gigabytes (GB) of data.


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website:
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


To apply this hotfix, you must have SQL Server 2012 installed.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


Article ID: 2724881 - Last Review: November 19, 2012 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Developer
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