I faced this problem last week.
The exisitng development machine (lets call it DEV1) stopped working and was giving lots of errrors.
So we thought that we will create a copy of the exisitng production system as a virtual machine and use that as the development machine and we created an exact copy of the production system as a virtual machine but gave it a different name (DEV2).
Then decomissioned the original development machine.
When I tried to access the sql server database on the new development machine (DEV2) the access was fine. But when I tried to access the analysis services through the management console, there was no response.
So I thought I had two options to make analysis services to work --
- Option 1: Reload sql server from scratch and ssas and SSRS and then copy all databases and cubes from the production server.
- Option 2: Try renaming the new development machine (Dev2) to the old development machine (Dev1)
Since option 2 was easier I thought I would try that first. And bingo the trick worked.
But I still don't know why analysis services does not work from a copy.
Can anyone of you help me understand why?