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When making a connection to an OLAP data source and specifying an IP address for the Data Source property in an ADO or ADO*MD connection string, the following error occurs:
Microsoft(r) OLE DB Provider for OLAP Services error '80004005' Cannot connect to cube file, 'IP address' , file may be in use.
The OLAP provider is not properly resolving the IP address; instead, it expects the server name to be specified. OLAP handles the Data Source name with a dot in it as a file name, rather than an IP address.
If possible, use the computer name instead of the IP address.
One workaround for this problem is to edit the %Systemroot%\System32\Drivers\Etc\Hosts file and manually add an entry for the specified IP address and the corresponding host name.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
254561 INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0
For more information, contact your primary support provider.
To reproduce the error, run the following code and use a valid IP address for the Data Source:
set cn = Server.CreateObject ("ADOdb.Connection")cn.Open "Data Source=<ipaddress goes here>;Initial Catalog=FoodMart;Provider=msolap;"
This functionality is documented in the OLAP Books Online topic, as follows:
DBPROP_INIT_DATASOURCE Property: Name of the server computer or local cube file. Remarks: This property's name, which is used in the connection string, is Data Source.The property's value depends on the intended operation mode: To work with an OLAP server, specify the name of the server computer, or LOCALHOST, or LOCAL, or an IP address.