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SQL Server Reporting Services Workshop
Two Days - Instructor-led

This two day, interactive workshop is designed for new users of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. Some of the topics covered include a review of the software features, administrative tasks, report design, creation of presentation quality reports, and report deployment. The course incorporates a number of hands-on exercises to reinforce the learning process.


This training is for developers new to SQL Reporting Services, SQL DBAs and IT management.


Familiarity with Visual Studio 2005 is helpful, but not required.

Course Outline

The Big Picture

  • SQL Server Reporting Services Features
  • The Reporting Services Key Components
  • Client Components
  • Web Components
  • Report Server Components
  • Database Components
  • Report Design Options
  • Visual Studio 2005 and Development Studio
  • Data Processing Extensions
  • Included Extensions
  • Custom Data Processing Extensions
  • Deployment Options
  • Key Considerations
  • Distribution Options
  • Rendering Extensions

The Report Wizard

  • Starting SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio
  • Creating a New Report Project
  • Welcome to the Report Wizard Dialog
  • Select the Data Source Dialog
  • Design the Query Dialog
  • Select the Report Type Dialog
  • Design the Table or Design the Matrix Dialog
  • Choose the Table Layout
  • Choose Table Style or Matrix Style Dialog
  • Completing the Wizard Dialog
  • Understanding What Just Happened
  • Previewing Reports
  • Publishing Reports
  • Accessing Reports via the Report Manager

The Report Designer

  • The Main Components of the Design Environment
  • Menus
  • Toolbars
  • Windows
  • Usability Features
  • Creating a Data Source and Dataset
  • Create a Data Source
  • Create a Dataset
  • Query tab
  • Fields tab
  • Data Options
  • Parameters
  • Filters
  • Using the Graphical Query Designer
  • Designing the Layout
  • The Layout View
  • The Toolbox
  • Adding a Table Data Region
  • Adding Data Fields to a Table Data Region
  • A Closer Look at Preview
  • Adding Textboxes
  • Changing Columns and Rows
  • Adding or Deleting
  • Resizing
  • Moving
  • Table Data Region Record Sorting
  • Using Expressions
  • Using the Expression Editor Dialog
  • Grouping Data
  • General
  • Filters
  • Sorting
  • Visibility
  • Data Output

Query and Report Parameters

  • Query vs. Report Parameters
  • Create a Report Query
  • Add Report Parameter to a Dataset
  • Previewing a Report with Parameters
  • Displaying Parameters in a Report
  • Dynamic Parameter Values (From Query)

Formatting Reports

  • Report Item Style Properties
  • Quick Formatting using Toolbar and Menu Options
  • Report Formatting Toolbar
  • Report Borders Toolbar
  • Formatting Textboxes with the Textbox Properties Dialog
  • General
  • Visibility
  • Navigation
  • Font
  • Format
  • Interactive Sort
  • Data Output
  • Managing Tables with the Table Properties Dialog
  • General
  • Visibility
  • Navigation
  • Sorting
  • Groups
  • Filters
  • Data Output
  • Setting the Report Properties
  • General
  • Layout
  • Code
  • Data Output
  • Drawing Lines and Rectangles


  • Managing Reporting Services
  • Using the Report Manager
  • Settings
  • Security
  • Other
  • SQL Server Management Studio Overview
  • The Management Studio Object Explorer
  • Managing Objects in Object Explorer
  • Server Properties
  • Web Folder Properties
  • Data Source Properties
  • Shared Schedules
  • Using the Reporting Services Configuration Manager
  • Tools for Managing Reports
  • Deploying Reports with Development Studio
  • Linked Reports
  • Managing Parameters

Appendix A – System Requirements

Appendix B – Installation Instructions

Appendix C – Expression Functions for Development Studio

Appendix D – Formula Functions for Report Builder