What You Will Need to Complete the Tutorial
The "Introduction to MDX" series assumes that you have Microsoft SQL Server 2000 installed on your local PC, which will use at least the Workstation Edition of Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 5 or later) or Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition. We will briefly touch on other applications as well, including Microsoft Excel 2000 and other Microsoft Office 2000 components. While many combinations of PCs, networks, and network versions of these applications will work, the applications and basic PC described are suggested minimums. Obviously, the PC must meet the system requirements for a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 installation. (These requirements are readily available at the Microsoft web site, along with a library of highly useful information.)
All of the tutorials that we undertake in this series will use the data sources and samples provided in the Typical installation of Microsoft SQL 2000 Analysis Services.