FIX: "Cannot find the OLAP cube Model" error when you update the pivot table in a SharePoint document in SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014

Applies to: SQL Server 2012 EnterpriseSQL Server 2012 DeveloperSQL Server 2012 Standard


Consider the following scenario:
  • You upload a document that contains a pivot table to a Microsoft SharePoint document library, and the pivot table consumes a BI semantic model connection.
  • You do not have System Administration permissions on the Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (PowerPivot) instance.
  • You try to update the pivot table in the document, for example, by using a slicer.
In this scenario, you may receive the following error message:
Cannot find the OLAP cube Model. Either the OLAP database has been changed or you don't have permissions to connect to the cube. The PivotTable report was not refreshed.


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