Create a Domain-Based Attribute (Master Data Services)

Applies to: SQL Server - Windows only Azure SQL Managed Instance

In Master Data Services, create a domain-based attribute to populate an attribute's values with members from an entity.


To perform this procedure:

Attribute Information

For each created attribute, a row with seven columns is added to the grid. The following table describes the columns.

Column Description
Status The attribute status.

When you click Save, the Icon for updating status image displays, indicating that the attribute is updating.

If there are errors when creating or editing an attribute, the Icon for error status image displays.

Otherwise, the status is OK and the Icon for OK status image displays.
Name The attribute name.
Display Name The attribute display name.
Description The attribute description.
Display Pixel Width The attribute width.
Type and Properties The type and data type information of the attribute.
Enable Change Tracking Specifies whether the attribute is enabled for change tracking and shows the group number in parentheses.

When you click an attribute, the following information displays.

  • Created By: The name of the user who created the attribute.

  • On: The date and time when the attribute was created.

  • Updated By: the name of the user who last updated the attribute.

  • On: The date and time when the attribute was last updated.

To create a domain-based attribute

  1. In Master Data Manager, click System Administration.

  2. On the Manage Models page, click a model, and then click Entities.

  3. On the Manage Entities page, select the row for the entity that you want to create an attribute for.

  4. Click Attributes.

  5. On the Manage Attributes page, do one of the following and then click Add.

    • If the attribute is for leaf members, select Leaf from the Member Types list box.

    • If the attribute is for consolidated members, select Consolidated from the Member Types list box.

    • If the attribute is for collections, select Collection from the Member Types list box.

  6. In the Name box, type a name for the attribute. For a list of words that should not be used as attribute names, see Reserved Words (Master Data Services)

  7. Optionally, type a display name, and type a description in the Description box.

  8. In the Display pixel width box, type the width of the attribute column to be displayed in the Explorer grid.

  9. From the Attribute type list, select Domain-based.

  10. From the Domain Entity list, choose the entity to be used to populate the attribute values.

  11. Optional, for domain-based attributes for leaf members. Select a filter parent attribute that is used to constrain the allowed values for the domain-based attribute.

    The filter parent attribute must be another domain-based attribute for a leaf member, within the same entity. A derived hierarchy must exist with a level that defines the parent-child relationship between the domain entities of the two attributes.

    For information about constraining the allowed values, see How to filter Domain Based Attribute drop down lists, on the Master Data Services blog.

  12. Optional. Select Enable change tracking to track changes to groups of attributes. For more information, see Add Attributes to a Change Tracking Group (Master Data Services).

  13. Click Save.

See Also

Domain-Based Attributes (Master Data Services) Create a Derived Hierarchy (Master Data Services) Change an Attribute Name and Data Type (Master Data Services) Delete an Attribute (Master Data Services)