Saturday, October 10, 2009

SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 Presentation

Recently, I delivered a client presentation on SQL Server Reporting Services 2008. There were some follow-ups I thought I’d share:

Q. After creating and deploying an .RDL file to Report Manager, later, when I want to modify it, can I bring it back into BIDS?

A. Yes. Simply create a new, empty Reporting Services project within BIDS and then Add >> Existing, browse out and open the existing .RDL file. You may need to make some minor edits if you were using a shared data source.

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Q. Compare Report Builder 2.0 with BIDS.

A. Reference this page: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/report-builder.aspx

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Q. Compare SSRS 2008 for Standard and Enterprise SQL Server editions.

A. Reference this document: http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/D/F/2DF66C0C-FFF2-4F2E-B739-BF4581CEE533/SQLServer2008EnterpriseandStandardFeature%20Compare.pdf

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Additional, informative article: http://sqlserverpedia.com/wiki/SQL_Server_Standard_and_Enterprise

Q. Is there a freely available version of SSRS?

A. Yes. SQL Express optionally includes a scaled-back version of SSRS. Download here: http://www.microsoft.com/express/sql/download/

Q. Book recommendations?

A. I really like “Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services”, by Brian Larson. http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Server-2008-Reporting-Services/dp/0071548084/

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