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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. 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 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger ( and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

SSAS error when processing the cube

Every couple of weeks I see this SSAS error when processing one of my cubes:

Internal error: Invalid enumeration value. Please call customer support! is not a valid value for this element.

An error occurred while parsing the ‘StorageMode’ element at line 1, column 2217 (‘’ namespace) under Load/ObjectDefinition/Dimension/StorageMode.

Errors in the metadata manager. An error occurred when instantiating a metadata object from the file, ‘\\?\d:\Microsoft SQL Server\MSAS10.MSSQLSERVER\OLAP\Data\FinancialCubeTEST.0.db\DimSubLedger.5.dim.xml’.

I have seen this same error on more than one cube.  To fix this, remote into your server and delete the file specified in the error message (in this case, d:\Microsoft SQL Server\MSAS10.MSSQLSERVER\OLAP\Data\FinancialCubeTEST.0.db\DimSubLedger.5.dim.xml).

This usually works, but a few times it still did not fix it for me.  Then the only option is to login to Analysis Services and delete the database (deleting the cube is not enough).


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