Create an Office Data Connection file

Information in this article describes how you can create an Office Data Connection file to connect to an Azure Analysis Services server from Excel 2016 version number 16.0.7369.2117 or earlier, or Excel 2013. An updated MSOLAP.7 provider is also required.

  1. Copy the sample connection file below and paste into a text editor.

  2. In odc:ConnectionString, change the following properties:

    • In Data Source=asazure://<region><servername>; change <region> to the region of your Analysis Services server and <servername> to the name of your server.

    • In Initial Catalog=<database>; change <database> to the name of your database.

  3. In <odc:CommandText>Model</odc:CommandText> change Model to the name of your model or perspective.

  4. Save the file with an .odc extension to the C:\Users\username\Documents\My Data Sources folder.

  5. Right-click the file, and then click Open in Excel. Or in Excel, on the Data ribbon, click Existing Connections, select your file, and then click Open.

Sample connection file

<html xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"

<meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/x-ms-odc; charset=utf-8">
<meta name=ProgId content=ODC.Cube>
<meta name=SourceType content=OLEDB>
<meta name=Catalog content="Database">
<meta name=Table content=Model>
<xml id=docprops><o:DocumentProperties
</xml><xml id=msodc><odc:OfficeDataConnection
  <odc:Connection odc:Type="OLEDB">
   <odc:ConnectionString>Provider=MSOLAP.7;Data Source=asazure://<region><servername>;Initial Catalog=<database>;</odc:ConnectionString>
    behavior: url(;

<body onload='init()' scroll=no leftmargin=0 topmargin=0 rightmargin=0 style='border: 0px'>
<table style='border: solid 1px threedface; height: 100%; width: 100%' cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0 width='100%'> 
    <td id=tdName style='font-family:arial; font-size:medium; padding: 3px; background-color: threedface'> 
     <td id=tdTableDropdown style='padding: 3px; background-color: threedface; vertical-align: top; padding-bottom: 3px'>

    <td id=tdDesc colspan='2' style='border-bottom: 1px threedshadow solid; font-family: Arial; font-size: 1pt; padding: 2px; background-color: threedface'>

    <td colspan='2' style='height: 100%; padding-bottom: 4px; border-top: 1px threedhighlight solid;'> 
      <div id='pt' style='height: 100%' class='ODCDataSource'></div> 

<script language='javascript'> 

function init() { 
  var sName, sDescription; 
  var i, j; 
  try { 
    sName = unescape(location.href) 
    i = sName.lastIndexOf(".") 
    if (i>=0) { sName = sName.substring(1, i); } 
    i = sName.lastIndexOf("/") 
    if (i>=0) { sName = sName.substring(i+1, sName.length); } 

    document.title = sName; 
    document.getElementById("tdName").innerText = sName; 

    sDescription = document.getElementById("docprops").innerHTML; 
    i = sDescription.indexOf("escription>") 
    if (i>=0) { j = sDescription.indexOf("escription>", i + 11); } 

    if (i>=0 && j >= 0) { 
      j = sDescription.lastIndexOf("</", j); 

      if (j>=0) { 
          sDescription = sDescription.substring(i+11, j); 
        if (sDescription != "") { 
          document.getElementById("tdDesc").innerHTML = sDescription; 
  catch(e) {