SQL Server Analysis Services Activity Viewer 2012 1.1 Stable Released

This morning I am happy to announce the release of a stable version of SSAS Activity Viewer 2012. The build number is The new features have been highlighted below in the release notes section.

SSASAV 2012 RoadMap

No, i don’t really have a roadmap, I’ve just got a few ideas jotted down in a notebook for features I plan to add sometime. I’ve got three weeks of over December, so I’m pencilling in a new release for January 2013. For the next release I intend to make 2 additions:

1. Add Blocked Queries Panel- Essentially what SSASAV 2012 does is connect to the instance of SSAS provided and runs a bunch of DMV’s and returns the data in a grid. Not all of the DMV’s are returned, and it is my plan for the next release to add a panel which runs the DMV to show all blocked queries.

2. Formatting the Data Returned- When the data is returned from the DMV query, the data is presented in its raw format. Formatting it is a manual task for each column returned. As it makes it easier to read I am going to format as many of the columns I can into something legible for end users.

SSASAV 2012 is Looking for Volunteeers

I’ve got a few more ideas to add to the project, but if you have any ideas, or want to be a developer on the project, let me know and I’ll gladly consider adding you.  I’m not looking for l33t devs here;  anyone who has a few ideas and isn’t afraid to do a bit of Googling/Binging/Yahooing to get it done is more than welcome to contribute. Latest source code (including all features in the current release) can be downloaded from this link here.

Release Notes


  • Formatted KB and TIME based cells for ease of reading.
  • Ability to copy/save query as hard to read long queries in cells.
  • Tidied up UI and added cleaner icon

New features since Beta:

  • Shared changes for Dormant and Current Query Panel:
    • added right click … save to current and dormant queries to save command as ssas query type file or option to save as any file
  • Dormant Panel Changes
    • increased DORMANT_QUERY_SESSIONS returned from 10 up to 25
    • formatted SESSION_IDLE_TIME_MS column in dormant panel to HH:MM:SS:MS
    • formatted SESSION_USED_MEMORY to KB
  • Current Queries Panel Changes
    • formatted COMMAND_READ and COMMAND_WRITE to KB
    • formatted ELAPSED_TIME and COMMAND_CPU_TIME_MS time to HH:MM:SS:MS
  • CPU Panel Changes
  • IO Panel Changes

Features from Beta included in release:

  • Straightened up the UI
  • Current queries list refreshed after query is cancelled; sometimes it takes longer for the query to cancel than the refresh to occur, so will sometimes stay on UI. Will fix in update.
  • Right click the COMMAND TEXT cell allows you to copy the COMMAND TEXT to clipboard, so that you can copy and paste command to text documents or xmla /mdx windows to execute as reading long list can be awkward
  • Added SESSION_LAST_COMMAND from $system.DISCOVER_SESSIONS DMV to Dormant Query Panel
  • Added Copy SESSION_LAST_COMMAND to Dormant Query Panel
  • Disabled Cancel/Refresh buttons on Dormant Query Panel and Current Query Panel when user has clicked refresh.
  • Updated icon

Feedback here or on the Codeplex site is very much appreciated.

Author: Richie Lee

Full time computer guy, part time runner. Full time Dad, part time blogger. Pokémon Nut. Writer of fractured sentences. Maker of the best damn macaroni cheese you've ever tasted.

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