BizTalk Server BAM Tools Error: Database ‘BAMAnalysis’ has compatibility level. Tabular databases with compatibility level must use StorageEngineUsed set to TabularMetadata

Completing the enormous saga, aka nightmare, to install BAM in one of my latest BizTalk Server installations and once I thought I solve all the issues… BAM strikes again! Now complaining about the following error:

Error Configuration Framework Feature: BAM Tools

Failed to configure with error message

Exception Message=”Error configuring BAM Tools” Source=”BAMTools” HelpID=”idsErrorConfiguringTools”

Exception Message=”Error executing bm.exe with tracing enabled.” Source=”Microsoft.BizTalk.Bam.CfgExtHelper.Utility” HelpID=”error_ExecuteBm”

Exception Message=”Error executing process: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft BizTalk Server\Tracking\bm.exe” Source=”Microsoft.BizTalk.Bam.CfgExtHelper.Utility” HelpID=”error_ExecuteProcess”

Exception Message=”Microsoft (R) Business Activity Monitoring Utility Version 3.13.717.0
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ERROR: Failed to set up BAM database(s).
Database ‘BAMAnalysis’ has compatibility level larger than 1103 with StorageEngineUsed set to InMemory. Tabular databases with compatibility level at 1200 or above must use StorageEngineUsed set to TabularMetadata.

Source=”Microsoft.BizTalk.Bam.CfgExtHelper.Utility” HelpID=”error_ExecuteProcess”


My team didn’t follow the SQL Server installation, we just send to another team the requirements necessary for BizTalk Server and the installation guide, so we were a little surprised by this error.

And despite I never had seen this error before, the reason was quite simple: This error is caused by the SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) instance being installed using the tabular mode, and BizTalk Server needs a multi-dimensional mode SSAS instance.


You have at least two solutions on the table to solve this issue.

Solution 1: Uninstall and re-install SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)

The trick here is to be able to know how to uninstall SSAS and to do that you need to:

  • Open Command Prompt as Administrator model on the SQL Server and execute the following command
  • In above command has below parameters.
    • SQL Server ISO setup path
    • Action performed. In here we are going to uninstall
    • Feature we are going to remove. AS indicates Analysis Services instance
    • The name of our AS instance

After that, you just need to add new features to the existing installation, in this case, a multi-dimensional mode SSAS instance.

Solution 2: Modify the msmdsrv.ini file

An alternative way is to modify the msmdsrv.ini file. Administrators can modify default server configuration properties of an SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) instance by using SQL Server Management Studio. However, properties pages in SQL Server Management Studio show a subset of the properties most likely to be modified. For SSAS, all properties are in the msmdsrv.ini file.

  • The default installation, msmdsrv.ini can be found in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSAS15.MSSQLSERVER\OLAP\Config folder
    • Of course, this depend on the version you are using.

On the msmdsrv.ini file:

  • Configure the DeploymentMode property to be 0 (zero) and save the file

After that, restart the SSAS instance and these will change from a tabular instance to a multi-dimensional instance

Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

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