Managing Connections

The Manage Connections form is available from the XLCubed > Connections ribbon item. It allows you to view, edit and delete existing connections for the workbook, and to create new connections when required.

Connecting to your data

One workbook can support multiple connections to different cubes or databases. Whenever XLCubed detects you require a connection to a cube or database, you will have the opportunity to select an existing one or to create one as described below.

To create a new connection open the Connection Manager from XLCubed > Connections and selectAdd. Any connection you have made recently will be displayed for easy access.

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Alternatively, select the New Connection tab to create a new connection. Here, choose the server type and provide the appropriate detail.

Continue to add as many connections as needed.

Cube Connections

For a new connection, select the New Connection tab, choose the server type and specify the appropriate detail as below:

Analysis Services Server: Type the server name
Analysis Services Server 2000: Type the AS2000 server name
Analysis Services Cube file: Browse to locate the local cube file
XLCubed Connection: Type the URL of the XLCubed Web Edition server to connect to

Once connected, select the required database and relevant cube.

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Other Connections

XLCubed supports a wide variety of datasources including relational databases, Big Data providers, and other platforms such as SAP HANA and Oracle Essbase.

These connections can be added in a similar way. Select the relevant connection type from the list on the right (the search box can be used for quick discovery).

Additional datasources supported in v9:

  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle Server
  • Google BigQuery
  • Amazon Redshift
  • PowerBI Cloud
  • PowerBI Desktop
  • HDInsight
  • Teradata
  • QlikSense Desktop
  • Vertica

Custom Properties

In the Manage Connections dialog, right click on a connection and you can set custom properties which will be applied in the connection string when the connection to the server is opened.

From here you can also set up the query timeout to prevent long running queries from causing Excel to hang. This is applied to all grid and formula queries which use the connection.

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