comparing 2 tabular models for differences

Fra1978 126 Reputation points

I have 2 tabular models, I was trying to consolidate them into 1 (I can see most of the dimensions are repeated on both.)

I don't want to miss less visible stuff like calculated columns or roles that the model might have... Is there a way of comparing 2 tabular models and highlight the differences in the models? Or at least some solution where I can export all of it and compare it perhaps with lookups in excel?

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  1. Darren Gosbell 1,466 Reputation points

    The ALM Toolkit should be able to do this for you

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  2. Nandan Hegde 29,901 Reputation points MVP

    Hey @Fra1978 ,
    There are multiple ways to compare 2 tabular models:

    1) You can use DMV queries to get the cube meta data and compare them in Excel :

    2) Export the TMSL script or code of the tabular models and compare them via text compare :
    a crude way in case if both the models are too much different

    Hope this is what you were expecting :)

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  3. Lukas Yu -MSFT 5,816 Reputation points


    There is free opensource tool that you can use in VS to achieve the comparison, check here : BISM Normalizer -Database compare


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  4. Mehshan Ansari 1 Reputation point

    You can compare 2 tabular models in Visual Studio with TFS using 'Compare with workspace version' . It provides a complete line by line diff report.

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