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Requirements and Limitations

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Supported OLAP Servers

The following OLAP servers are supported.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services (requires SP4)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (requires Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services (requires Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services (Multi-dimensional mode)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Analysis Services (Multi-dimensional mode)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services (Multi-dimensional mode)


In MS SQL Server Analysis Services 2000, the PivotGridControl does not support a cube’s dimension members with DBNull values.

Data Provider Requirements and Limitations

To use the OLE DB and ADOMD.NET providers, the PivotGridControl requires the Microsoft Analysis Services OLE DB and Microsoft ADOMD.NET providers on the client machine. Refer to the Data providers used for Analysis Services connections document for more information.

The following limitations are in effect when you use OLE DB and ADOMD.NET providers:

  • The application should run in Single-Threaded Apartment (STA) mode if the OLE DB data provider is used to establish a connection to the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services.
  • When binding to local cubes, use either an OLE DB or ADOMD.NET provider. When one provider has established a connection, the other provider becomes unavailable in the scope of the current process. There is a common situation that results in an exception: an attempt to connect to a local cube using OLE DB provider followed by disconnection and another attempt to connect to the same cube (or another cube file in the same process) using ADOMD.NET provider.

OLAP Mode Limitations

The following features have limitations in OLAP mode:

The following Pivot Grid Control features are not supported in an OLAP mode:

OLAP Culture Settings

When the ADOMD.NET data provider (specified using the OlapDataProvider property) connects to an OLAP data source, the provider requests the value and formatted text from the cube. The measure format received from the server includes a format string and the culture information.


If OLAP server does not provide culture information, the client culture settings are applied to format the measure value, except the currency settings. If you explicitly specify the format using the CellFormat property, the measure value will be formatted using the client’s culture settings. To format values using different culture settings, handle the CustomCellDisplayText event.

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