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24 August 2012
24 August 2012

Report Builder 3.0: Creating a Basic Report

Report Builder is underrated as a BI and report-authoring tool. It is a free stand-alone application from Microsoft that provides an intuitive way for anybody to create reports from data. It uses an interface that is similar to Microsoft Office, and supports the full capabilities of SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services. Rob Sheldon starts a short course in how to use it.… Read more
22 November 2011
22 November 2011

Administrating SQL Server Reporting Services – Planning, Documenting and Troubleshooting

DBAs are usually charged with the administration of Reporting Services, but are often short on guidance on how to go about such tasks as planning, documenting and troubleshooting those aspects that are specific to the SSRS service. Feodor gives some tips, custom SSMS reports, and useful TSQL queries, based on his experience.… Read more
16 April 2010
16 April 2010

Deploying Reports using the ReportingServices2005 Class and the RS Utility

Much of the routine administration of Reporting Services (SSRS), such as the routine deployment of RDL reports, can be automated by using the Reporting Service 2005 class library and web services. To make things easier, Microsoft supply the RS utility to run Visual Basic code as a script. It is an intriguing system, with a lot of potential, as Greg Larsen explains.… Read more
02 February 2010
02 February 2010

Implementing User-Defined Hierarchies in SQL Server Analysis Services

To be able to drill into multidimensional cube data at several levels, you must implement all of the hierarchies on the database dimensions. Then you'll create the attribute relationships necessary to optimize performance. Analysis Services hierarchies offer plenty of possibilities for displaying the data that your business requires. Rob Sheldon continues his series on SQL Server Analysis Services 2008.… Read more
08 October 2009
08 October 2009

Ten Common SQL Server Reporting Services Challenges and Solutions

Many of us who have to develop a Reporting Services (SSRS) application come across various problems, hurdles or 'gotchas' that cause much head-scratching. We've never seen, elsewhere, the ten most common SSRS problems ever listed, let alone their solution, but then along came Ryan with both. Help is now at hand for anyone wrestling with Reporting Services. Indispensable reading for any SSRS beginner.… Read more
28 May 2009
28 May 2009

Reporting Services with Style

Even when Microsoft neglect a feature, there are always pioneers who find ways of getting around the problem. Such is true of Reporting Services, where there are surprising restrictions in the way that reports can be made to conform to a standard style. Barry King comes up with a surprisingly simple solution for SQL Server 2005 and 2008.… Read more
29 December 2008
29 December 2008

SQL Server 2008: Performance Data Collector

With Performance Data Collector in SQL Server 2008, you can now store performance data from a number of SQL Servers in one central location. This data is collected by a collection set on each server and stored in a shareable management data warehouse (MDW). Reports can be generated from this data using the built-in reports or generating your own with reporting Services. Brad McGehee explains more. … Read more
26 October 2007
26 October 2007

Reporting at the Top

In Reporting Services, It is not difficult to provide flexible grouping and to display the detail records in a drill-down on-demand method. It is more difficult to combine custom ranking and aggregations on filtered table groups in table based reports. David Leibowitz shows you how.… Read more