FIX: The Analysis Services process stops responding when you use the writeback feature in SQL Server 2005 SP3


Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2005 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 2005 fix release.

Symptoms


When you execute two concurrent writeback commit transaction operations in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services, the Analysis Services process (Msmdsrv.exe) stops responding. For example, the issue may occur when you use the What-If Analysis feature in Excel to connect to an Analysis Services cube. 

Cause


The issue occurs because there is an undetected deadlock between two concurrent writeback commit transaction operations.

Resolution


SQL Server 2005

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 11. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2005, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2258854 Cumulative update package 11 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3
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 2005 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:
960598 The SQL Server 2005 builds that were released after SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 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 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