Using a Display Folder for a SSAS calculation

I was having a problem getting the display folder to work for a calculation in SSAS.  Turns out, it will only work if you select “Measures” as the Parent hierarchy:

The display folder (“Acct Calc – Supply Chain”) shows up correctly when browsing the cube, under “Measures”:

However, if you select something other than “Measures” as the Parent hierarchy, in this example the “SupplyChain” hierarchy under the “Account” dimension:

The display folder does not show up.  Instead, the calculation appears under “Members” under the “SupplyChain” hierarchy under the “Account” dimension:

Of course, you should only use “Measures” as the parent hierarchy if you want to define a calculated measure.  If you are creating a calculated member, then you should select a dimension and hierarchy in the selected cube for the “Parent hierarchy”.  It would be nice if a future version of SSAS allowed you to create a folder for calculated members.  See the discussion Display folders for calculated members for work-arounds.

Note that this applies to the following client tools: SSAS internal browser, ProClarity, and Excel.  There are some client tools that may support the display folder for calculated members.

About James Serra

James is a big data and data warehousing solution architect at Microsoft. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience.
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2 Responses to Using a Display Folder for a SSAS calculation

  1. James, I agree with you this would be a terrific improvement to the next version of SSAS. Here’s a Connect item I found recently on it, if you want to vote for it:

    Thanks for the great blog. (You’ve been posting some things recently that are really different – and really informative.)