SSAS 02: Tabular Modelling Tutorial

This tutorial provides lessons on how to create and deploy a tabular model at the 1400 compatibility level. If you’re new to Analysis Services and tabular modeling, completing this tutorial is the quickest way to learn how to create and deploy a basic tabular model by using Visual Studio. Once you have the prerequisites in-place, it should take two to three hours to complete.


This tutorial includes the following lessons:

Supplemental lessons

These lessons are not required to complete the tutorial, but can be helpful in better understanding advanced tabular model authoring features.

Lesson Estimated time to complete
Detail Rows 10 minutes
Dynamic security 30 minutes
Ragged hierarchies 20 minutes

What you learn

  • How to create a new tabular model project at the 1400 compatibility level in Visual Studio with SSDT.
  • How to import data from a relational database into a tabular model project workspace database.
  • How to create and manage relationships between tables in the model.
  • How to create calculated columns, measures, and Key Performance Indicators that help users analyze critical business metrics.
  • How to create and manage perspectives and hierarchies that help users more easily browse model data by providing business and application-specific viewpoints.
  • How to create partitions that divide table data into smaller logical parts that can be processed independent from other partitions.
  • How to secure model objects and data by creating roles with user members.
  • How to deploy a tabular model to an Azure Analysis Services server or SQL Server 2017 Analysis Services server by using SSDT.


To complete this tutorial, you need:


This tutorial is based on Adventure Works Cycles, a fictitious company. Adventure Works is a large, multinational manufacturing company that produces and distributes bicycles, parts, and accessories for commercial markets in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company employs 500 workers. Additionally, Adventure Works employs several regional sales teams throughout its market base. Your project is to create a tabular model for sales and marketing users to analyze Internet sales data in the AdventureWorksDW database.

To complete the tutorial, you must complete various lessons. In each lesson, there are tasks. Completing each task in order is necessary for completing the lesson. While in a particular lesson there may be several tasks that accomplish a similar outcome, but how you complete each task is slightly different. This method shows there is often more than one way to complete a task, and to challenge you by using skills you’ve learned in previous lessons and tasks.

The purpose of the lessons is to guide you through authoring a basic tabular model by using many of the features included in SSDT. Because each lesson builds upon the previous lesson, you should complete the lessons in order.



One thought on “SSAS 02: Tabular Modelling Tutorial”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: