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James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

Master Data Services: Copy Versions

In Master Data Services (MDS), you can use the Master Data Manager Web User Interface “UI” to copy a version of a model and create a new version of it (via the Version Management screen).  However, you may find the “Copy” icon on that screen grayed-out (although there is a bug where you can still click on the icon and the copy dialog box will pop up, which it should not.  But it won’t actually perform the copy).  To fix this, you need to go to the Master Data Services Configuration Manager and on the Database Configuration screen change the system setting “Copy only committed versions” to “No” (the default it “Yes”).  Then go back to the UI and click the “Refresh cached information” link on the top right of the home page and you will see that the “Copy” button is no longer grayed-out.

So obviously if you have model version that has a status mode of Open or Locked and want to copy it, you will need to make the above system setting change.  Because the default is to not allow this, it caused confusion on my part and hopefully this blog post will help you to avoid the same confusion.

It would be nice if the Version Management screen had a message on there as to why the “Copy” icon is grayed-out and how to fix it.

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