FIX: Error message when you perform a partition merge in SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services: "Detected inconsistency between User define slice and detected slice of partition"

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Article ID: 961699 - View products that this article applies to.
Bug #: 50003903 (SQL Hotfix)
Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 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 fix release.
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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario. In Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services, you explicitly define a slice at the partition level. The slice is defined at least on an attribute that does not have an index. When you perform a partition merge, the operation may fail, and you receive the following error message:
Detected inconsistency between User define slice and detected slice of partition. The slice specified for the %{Property/} attribute is incorrect.

RESOLUTION

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 3. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
960484 Cumulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2008
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 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:
956909 The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 was released

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Open the Msmdsrv.ini file. By default, this file is located in the following folder:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSAS10.InstanceName\OLAP\Config
  2. Change the value of the IndexBuildThreshold tag from 4,096 to 0. This will enforce the creation of indexes for all partitions, even for the smallest one.
  3. Perform an index rebuild operation. For example, you can do this for the Adventure Works DW sample database by running the following XMLA script.
    <Process xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/analysisservices/2003/engine">
      <Type>ProcessIndexes</Type>
      <Object>
        <DatabaseID>Adventure Works DW</DatabaseID>
        <CubeID>Adventure Works DW</CubeID>
      </Object>
    </Process>
    

STATUS

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

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about what files are changed, and for information about any prerequisites to apply the cumulative update package that contains the hotfix that is described in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
960484 Cumulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2008

REFERENCES

For more information about the list of builds that are available after the release of SQL Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
956909 The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 was released
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:
822499 New 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: 961699 - Last Review: January 19, 2009 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
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