Report Parameters and Charts Week 6

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Report Parameters and Charts Deploying Reports | Report Presentation Formats | Overview of Charts | Query Parameters | Report Parameters This week we will discuss how to make our reports available to users once they are created. Deploying reports means moving them to a location where the users can gain access to them. Users may want to simply run the report and view it on their computer screens, they may want to print it, they may want to export the data into Excel to do some further analysis, or they may want to e-mail it as a PDF attachment. We will review available presentation formats for reports. This week we will also look at making our reports more dynamic by using parameters to request user input when the report runs. Deploying Reports Once the report is created in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), it needs to be made available for the users to access. This involves a two-step process – the report must first be deployed to the Reporting Services Catalog in SQL Server, and then the users must be given a way of accessing and viewing the reports. SSRS is installed as part of SQL Server and uses databases in SQL Server to store the finished reports. When you expand the Databases folder in SQL Server Management Studio, you will see two databases: ReportServer and ReportServerTempDB. The ReportServer database stores the report definition and data source information. The ReportServerTempDB is used for temporary storage of information when a report is running; this area is also used to cache report data to improve performance if the report is requested again within a certain time period. Reports are created in SSRS as part of a project that may contain many reports. Either the entire project can be deployed to the Reporting Services Catalog, or an individual report can be deployed. Both the deploying of the reports and the accessing of reports is managed by the Report Manager, which is a web application that is part of SSRS. The Report Manager is accessed via a URL. Before deploying, you will set some deployment properties, including the URL for the Report Manager. In the SSRS Solution Explorer, right click the Project name and select Properties: In the Properties dialog box, you will set the TargetServerURL to point to the Report Manager. This is in the format: http://ComputerName/ReportServer where ComputerName is the name of the computer hosting Reporting Services. The TargetReportFolder specifies a folder that the user will access to find the reports in this project; by default it will be the same name as the project, but you can give it a name that might be more meaningful to your users. To deploy the project, right click the project again and select Deploy. To deploy a single report, right click the report name in the Solution Explorer and select Deploy.
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