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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
SQL Training Overview

In this course, you will learn how to use SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services. Explore its basic architecture and gain a basic understanding of the components of SSRS 2008. You値l then explore tabular and list reports that employ datasets and data regions. As you progress you値l learn to add custom expressions, custom functions and format your reports using Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Studio. The reports you create in the course will employ shared data sources, interactive sorting, and drill-down capabilities. You値l then understand how Reporting Services parameters work and create parameters in ad-hoc SQL. Next you値l be building Matrix reports and charts then explore the use of Reporting Services gauges. The Deployment of Reporting Services projects follow using a variety of formats and client-side printing. You値l gain knowledge of SSRS Security in managing of user roles and accounts. You値l also discover how to view reports using URL access and the Reporting Services Web Service API, without requiring users to use Internet Explorer. Finally, you値l learn how to empower your users to create ad-hoc reports using Report Builder and Report Model projects.

SQL Training Audience:

SQL Server users

SQL Training Prerequisites

This course assumes no prior knowledge of SQL Server Reporting Services. This course does assume prior knowledge of SQL Server 2008 and the use of SQL Server Management Studio for development, Visual Studio 2008 using Visual Basic and administrative tasks. Write and run expressions, script files and diagnose problems that occur.

SQL Training Course duration

3 days

SQL Training Course outline

1. Introducing SQL Server Reporting Services

  • Tour of Features
  • Feature Overview
  • Supported Report Types
  • Supported Output Formats
  • Data Sources
  • Programming Reporting Services
  • Deployment and Administration Features
  • What痴 New in SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
  • Reporting Services Architecture
  • Report Server
  • Report Server Database
  • Report Designer
  • Report Manager
  • Report Services Configuration Tool
  • Report Builder
  • Report Models
  • Reporting Services and SharePoint
  • Why Use Share Point Integrated Mode?
  • Report Server Projects
  • Creating a Report Server Project
  • Report Server Project Files
  • Creating Data Sources
  • Creating a Shared Data Source
  • Creating Reports
  • Using the Report Wizard
  • Importing Microsoft Access Reports
  • Creating a New Blank Report
  • Using the Visual Studio Report Designer
  • The Report Dataset
  • The Report Design
  • Running Reports
  • Report Execution Options
  • Output Options
2. Creating Tabular and List Reports
  • Creating Your First Tabular Report
  • Working with Datasets and Data Regions
  • Adding a Dataset to a Report
  • Adding a Data Region to a Report
  • Associating a Data Region with a Dataset
  • Adding Controls to a Report
  • Adding Fields to a Data Region
  • Working with Other Report Item Types
  • Accessorizing Reports
  • Is it a Table or a Tablix?
  • Adjusting Tablix Properties
  • Adding Page Headers and Footers to the Report
  • Adjusting Report Properties
  • Adding Rows and Columns to a Tablix Region
  • Merging and Splitting Cells
  • Creating a List Report
  • Working with Rich Text
  • Rich Text
3. Calculations and Formatting
  • Creating Expressions
  • Expression Rules
  • Using the Expression Editor
  • Mathematical Calculations
  • String Expressions
  • Conditional Tests
  • Null Handling
  • Using Other Built-In Functions
  • Creating and Using Custom Functions
  • Using the Global Collections
  • Fields Collection
  • Globals Collection
  • User Collection
  • Parameters Collection
  • ReportItems Collection
  • Variables Collection
  • Formatting Items
  • Formatting Text Boxes Using the Toolbars
  • Formatting Text Boxes Using the Properties Window
  • Formatting Text Boxes Using the Text Box Properties Dialog Box
  • Formatting Tablix Rows and Columns
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Conditional Formatting and Rich Text
4. Grouping and Sorting
  • Creating Groups
  • The Grouping Pane
  • The Details Group
  • Adding a Row Group
  • Adding an Adjacent Row Group
  • Editing Group Properties
  • Adding Group Headers and Footers
  • Calculating Totals and Percentages
  • Calculating Percentages
  • Interactive Sorting
  • Creating Drill-Down Reports
5. Working with Parameters
  • Creating Report Parameters
  • Parameters and Stored Procedures
  • Understanding Report and Dataset Parameters
  • Report Parameters
  • Dataset Parameters
  • Reordering Report Parameters
  • Displaying Parameter Values on the Report
  • Using Parameters with Ad-Hoc SQL
  • Using Unbound Parameters
  • Creating Drop-Down List Parameters
  • Displaying the Parameter Value and Label for a Drop-Down List Parameter
  • Parameterized Sorting
  • Multivalued Parameters
  • Creating a Report Employing a Multivalued Parameter
  • Referencing the Multivalued Parameter Values in a Heading
  • Debugging Parameter Issues
6. Creating Matrix Reports and Charts
  • Creating Matrix Reports and Charts
  • Creating a Matrix Report
  • Basic Steps to Create a Matrix Report
  • Accessorizing Your Matrix Reports
  • Available Summary Statistics
  • Working with Row and Column Groups
  • Working with Totals
  • Adding Data Cells
  • SQL Server 2008 Matrix Features
  • Adding Adjacent Dynamic Columns to a Matrix
  • Adding Adjacent Static Columns to a Matrix
  • Adding a Percentage to a Matrix Report
  • Creating a Chart
  • Basic Steps to Create a Chart
  • SQL Server 2008 Chart Changes
  • Chart Anatomy
  • Formatting a Chart
  • Adding a Series to a Chart
  • Exploring the Charting Possibilities
  • Chart Talk
  • Chart Types
  • Column Charts
  • Line Charts
  • Shape Charts
  • Bar Charts
  • Area Charts
  • Range Charts
  • Scatter Charts
  • Polar Charts
  • Charting Tips
  • Adding Gauges to a Report
  • Basic Steps to Creating a Gauge Report
  • Gauge Anatomy
  • Adding a Gauge to an Existing Report
7. Managing Reporting Services
  • Deploying Reporting Services Projects
  • Planning for Deployment
  • Setting the Active Configuration
  • Creating a Custom Configuration
  • Configuring the Report Project
  • Deploying a Reporting Services Project
  • Deploying Individual Reports and Data Sources
  • Redeploying Shared Data Sources
  • Exporting Reports and Printing
  • Exporting Reports
  • Client-Side Printing
  • Report Manager
  • Displaying or Hiding Report manager Details
  • Navigating Around Report Manager
  • Running Reports
  • Managing Folders and Files
  • Managing Reports and Data Sources
  • Managing Generic Site Settings
  • Other Things You Can Do with Report Manager
  • Creating Linked Reports
8. Security
  • Reporting Services Security
  • Securing Access to Reports
  • Authorizing Users at the Home Level
  • Authorizing Users at Project Level
  • Managing Reporting Services Roles
  • Reporting Services and Basic Authentication
  • Reporting Services and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
  • Enabling SSL
  • Requiring SSL
  • Data Source Security
  • Managing Data Source Security from Visual Studio
  • Four Choices for Managing Credentials
  • Which SQL Server Permissions are Needed for a Report?
  • Managing Data Source Security from Report Manager
9. Programming Reporting Services
  • The Reporting Services APIs
  • URL Access
  • Executing Reports via URLs
  • Integrating a Report into a Web Application Using URL Access
  • Using the Report Viewer Controls
  • Server vs. Local Reports
  • Using the Web Report Viewer Control with Server Reports
  • Using the Windows Report Viewer Control with Server Reports
  • Using the Report Viewer Control with Local Reports
  • Using the Web Report Viewer Control with Local Reports
  • Using the Windows Report Viewer Control with Local Reports
10. Advanced Reporting Services Programming
  • Using the Reporting Services Web Service
  • A Tale of Two Endpoints
  • Why Use the Web Service?
  • Why Not Use the Web Service API?
  • Using the Report Server Web Service
  • Working with Custom Assemblies
  • What痴 Wrong with the Code Window?
  • Creating a Custom Assembly
  • Security and Custom Assemblies
11. Snapshots and Subscriptions
  • Report Caching and Snapshots
  • Setting Up the NWReportUser Login and User Account
  • Setting the NWSub Credentials
  • Report Caching
  • Report Snapshots
  • Report History
  • Creating Subscriptions
  • Parts of a Subscription
  • Creating a Standard Subscription
  • Creating Data-Driven Subscriptions
  • Creating the Data-Driven Query
12. Ad-Hoc Reporting with Report
  • Builder 2.0
  • A Tale of Two Report Builders
  • Report Builder 1.0
  • Report Builder 2.0
  • Which Report Builder Version to Use?
  • Report Builder 2.0 Setup and Configuration
  • Launching Report Builder 2.0
  • Report Manager Link
  • Report Builder Data Sources
  • Getting Started with Report Builder 2.0
  • Using the New Table or Matrix Wizard
  • Using the New Chart Wizard
  • Is That All There Is?
  • Creating Reports with Report Builder
  • Constructing a Report
  • Report Builder Tour
  • Creating a Tabular Report
  • Adding a Group to a Report
  • Creating Matrix Reports
  • Adding Totals to a Report
  • Creating Charts
13. Appendix A Creating Report Model Projects
  • Creating Report Model Projects
  • Basic Steps to Creating a Report Model
  • Creating the Project
  • Adding a Data Source to a Report Model Project
  • Creating Data Source Views
  • Generating Report Models Using the Report Model Wizard
  • The Generated Model
  • Refining and Enhancing the Report Models
  • Deploying Report Model Projects
  • Deploying Report Models
  • Creating Reports on Report Models

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