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Bug #: 14305 (Plato7x)
Microsoft SQL Server 2000 fixes are distributed 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 2000 fix release.
When you process dimensions that have virtual dimensions that are based on them in SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services, the Analysis server computer stops responding when the Lazy Aggregation thread fires. Additionally, the underlying dimension file is corrupted. The Analysis server computer restarts, reads the corrupted dimension file, and then stops responding again. This process continues until you remove the corrupted dimension file from the Analysis Services data folder.
Service pack information
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2000. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
290211 How to obtain the latest SQL Server 2000 service pack
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) 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 tool in Control Panel.
Date Time Version Size File name--------------------------------------------------------------08-Apr-2004 18:24 8.0.931.0 5,492,736 Msmdcb80.dll08-Apr-2004 18:24 8.0.931.0 5,801,984 Msmdgd80.dll08-Apr-2004 18:24 8.0.931.0 5,130,752 Msmdpump.dll08-Apr-2004 18:24 8.0.931.0 5,993,472 Msmdsrv.exe08-Apr-2004 18:24 8.0.931.0 6,671,360 Msolap80.dll08-Apr-2004 16:44 8.0.931.0 201,216 Msolap80.rll
Note Because of file dependencies, the most recent hotfix or feature that contains these files may also contain additional files.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
This problem was first corrected in Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4.
This hotfix includes a fix that addressed an issue that causes the corruption of dimensions when a Lazy Aggregation processing thread is executed after it processes dimensions that are used in virtual dimensions. Because of that fix, if you incrementally process a virtual dimension, a lazy aggregation processing thread executes. While the lazy aggregation thread executes, the aggregations for that dimension are deleted from each partition.
The lazy aggregation thread executes as a low priority background thread and rebuilds the aggregations for the dimension in each partition. While the lazy aggregation thread executes to rebuild the aggregations, MDX query execution may be significantly slower. The degradation in query performance occurs because of the lack of aggregations. The lack of aggregators causes the server to read values from the leaf level of each partition.
After the lazy aggregation thread finishes rebuilding the aggregations for each partition, you no longer see the degradation in query performance. The query performance degradation during lazy aggregation may be unacceptable in certain situations, such as in high-demand cubes in enterprise applications. If applying this hotfix causes unacceptable query performance degradation, we recommend that you consider the following alternatives during lazy aggregation:
Set the DSOCommitMode registry value to DSOCommitModeNonLazyIndexing. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
325289 FIX: New functionality for incremental update of changing dimensions
This option can increase memory and disk usage on the Analysis server. Memory usage increases because processing the affected cubes requires additional memory for the processing buffer to recalculate the cube aggregates. Disk usage increases to approximately double the cumulative size of all affected cubes because the new copies of the data and aggregates are created and because the original data is kept for current user queries. Also, the total elapsed time to complete transactions may be considerably longer than with the conventional lazy aggregation process.
Set the Virtual property and the Changing property of any virtual dimensions to False.
Note If you change these properties, you must fully re-process any cubes that use the changed dimension.
For additional information, 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