While configuring Analysis Services security on Dimension Data, I did not pay much attention on two options available with the screen; Select all members and Deselect all members. However the importance of them was raised up when my colleague Asanka Padmakumara showed a point on them. Which one should we select? See the screen below;
I have selected the first option which is Select all members and granted permission on Accessories and Bikes. I can do the same, select the other option too. Let’s move into Advanced section and see how it has been set;
Note that other two categories (Clothing and Components) have been added under Denied member set. What we have set? Yes, we granted permission on Accessories and Bikes but we have done indirectly is, denying permission on Clothing and Components. Main thing we need to consider is, permission on future categories. Since the items we did not select have gone to Denied member list, all future items will be available for this role. If you need to let this role to access future categories without explicitly setting them, use Select all members for setting permission.
Now you can see the items we selected have been added to Allowed member set. This means all other items we did not select are denied to this role. What will happen to future categories? This is the difference. Since we have explicitly added Accessories and Bikes to Allowed member set, future items will NOT be available under Allowed member set. If you need to disallow this role to access future categories without explicitly setting them, use Deselect all members for setting permission.