Using Burst with Distribution Service

Hello there!

Let’s talk about a great feature that is included with the Distribution Service. If you don’t know, Distribution Service is the delivery option that you can use to send documents and reports to folders, email, printers and even send push notifications to mobile devices.

MicroStrategy has discontinued NarrowCast Server, the older brother of Distribution Service, to add this integrated solution. There are a lot of things that you still can’t do with Distribution Service and that the older one does.

But let’s talk about good features that are present in DS list, like Burst.

Burst is a cool feature that makes possible splitting each attribute element in the Grouping Area/Page-By of your document/report to a different file.

Let’s get it done!

1. Create a new report using MicroStrategy Tutorial project with Category, Subcategory and Profit in the report objects. Place Category in Page-By area, Subcategory in rows and Profit in Columns. Just like the image below:


2. Save it and place the mouse over the saved report using MicroStrategy Web and click on the Subscription button.


3. Add a new File Subscription.


4. Click on the Burst… button. Now you see a Select bursting criteria area that will list every attribute that is inside the Grouping/Page-By. Select Category attribute like the image below.


PS: Note that I’m using the User Selected Location for the Location field. You have to setup a folder to send the delivered files. To do this, just go to Developer -> login using Administrator -> go to Administration section -> Delivery Managers -> Devices -> Edit “User selected location” and choose a specific folder of you desire.


5. Click OK button, go to the destination folder and you will see a lot of files, one for each Category element.


I’m going to talk about how to change those files name in another post.

That’s it for today!

I hope it helps you.

God bless you.

8 thoughts on “Using Burst with Distribution Service

  1. Eyal

    Very helpful, Thanks!
    it would be great if you expend it to explain how to deliver each customer his report (bursting criteria will be customer) to his e-mail.
    I assume each Customer will have to be an MSTR licensed User, right ?


    1. Felipe Vilela Post author

      Hi Eyal! Thanks for the comment. To do that you have to create each user in Mstr, give the delivery license for each one and create a security filter for each one too. So, when you assign a subscription for user 1, for example, he/she will receive only the data that is specific to him/her. Did you understand it?


  2. Eyal

    yes, but if i understand correctly you are talking about sending the same document to each customer, one by one, and each one will see his data (because of the security filters..)

    but, can you burst to many emails ? – instead of sending all the different files to one folder can we deliver each file to a different email ?


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  4. Ashish Sood

    Right, Email Bursting is now available in MSTR 10 but it doesn’t work with documents. Let me know if you know any workaround.



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