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Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

  • Price £1,225.00
  • Duration 3 day(s)
All major credit cards accepted


This three-day instructor-led course teaches students how to implement a Reporting Services solution in an organization. The course discusses how to use the Reporting Services development tools to create reports, and how to use the Reporting Services management and administrative tools to manage a Reporting Services solution.

This course is intended for information technology (IT) professionals and developers who need to implement reporting solutions by using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services.


Exposure to creating reports in Microsoft Access or other third-party reporting products, such as Crystal Reports.
Conceptual understanding of the push and pull distribution/subscription paradigm.
Experience navigating the Microsoft Windows Server environment.
Experience with Windows services (starting and stopping)
Experience creating service accounts and permissions
Experience with Microsoft SQL Server, including:
SQL Server Agent.
SQL Server query language (SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, and DELETE).
SQL Server System tables.
SQL Server accounts (users and permissions).


Delegates will learn how to:

Describe SQL Server Reporting Services and its components.
Create a Reporting Services report.
Enhance a Reporting Services report.
Create and manipulate data sets.
Use report models to implement reporting for business users.
Configure report publishing and execution settings.
Implement subscriptions for reports.
Administer Reporting Services.
Implement custom Reporting Services applications.

Course Content

Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
The students will be introduced to the role that Reporting Services plays in an organization’s reporting life cycle, the key features offered by Reporting Services, and the components that make up the Reporting Services architecture.


Overview of SQL Server Reporting Services
Installing Reporting Services
Reporting Services Tools
Lab : Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services

Exploring Report Designer
Exploring Report Manager

Module 2: Authoring Basic Reports
The students will learn the fundamentals of report authoring, including configuring data sources and data sets, creating tabular reports, summarizing data, and applying basic formatting.


Creating a Basic Table Report
Formatting Report Pages
Calculating Values
Lab : Authoring Basic Reports

Creating a Basic Table Report
Formatting Report Pages
Adding Calculated Values

Module 3: Enhancing Basic Reports
The students will learn about navigational controls and some additional types of data regions, and how to use them to enhance a basic report.


Interactive Navigation
Displaying Data
Lab : Enhancing Basic Reports

Using Dynamic Visibility
Using Document Maps
Initiating Actions
Using a List Data Region
Creating a Tablix Report
Adding Chart Subreport to Parent Report

Module 4: Manipulating Data Sets
The students will explore data sets to a greater depth, including the use of alternative data sources and interacting with a data set through the use of parameters. Students will learn how to dynamically modify the data set underlying a data region by allowing parameters to be sent to the underlying query, as well as will learn to use best practices to implement static and dynamic parameter lists when interacting with queries and stored procedures.


Defining Report Data
Using Parameters and Filters
Using Parameter Lists
Lab : Manipulating Data Sets

Using Parameters to Restrict Query Results
Using Parameters to Filter Report Data
Creating Dynamic Parameter Lists
Using Parameters with a Stored Procedure
Displaying All Categories in a Parameter List

Module 5: Using Report Models
The students will learn how to create a report model so that business users can create their own reports without using the full Report Designer development environment. Students will also learn how to use Report Builder to create a report from a report model.


Creating Report Models
Using Report Builder
Lab : Using Report Models

Creating a Report Model
Using Report Builder to Create a Report

Module 6: Publishing and Executing Reports
The students will learn the various options you can use to publish reports to the report server and execute them.


Publishing Reports
Executing Reports
Creating Cached Instances
Creating Snapshots and Report History
Lab : Publishing and Executing Reports

Publishing Reports
Executing Reports
Configuring and Viewing a Cached Report
Configuring and Viewing a Snapshot Report

Module 7: Using Subscriptions to Distribute Reports
The students will learn how to implement subscriptions so that you can distribute reports either automatically by e-mail or by publishing reports to a shared folder.


Introduction to Report Subscriptions
Creating Report Subscriptions
Managing Report Subscriptions
Lab : Using Subscriptions to Distribute Reports

Creating a Standard Subscription
Creating a Data-Driven Subscription

Module 8: Administering Reporting Services
The students will learn how to administer the Reporting Services server, how to monitor and optimize the performance of the report server, how to maintain the Reporting Services databases, and how to keep the system secure.


Reporting Server Administration
Performance and Reliability Monitoring
Administering Report Server Databases
Security Administration
Upgrading to Reporting Services 2008
Lab : Administering Reporting Services

Using Reporting Services Configuration Manager
Securing a Reporting Services Site
Securing Items

Module 9: Programming Reporting Services
The students will learn how to query Reporting Services information programmatically and how to automate report management tasks. Students will also learn how to render reports without relying on Report Manager, and how to extend the feature set of a report server by creating custom code.


Querying for Server Information Using a Web Service
Automating Report Management
Rendering Reports
Creating Custom Code
Lab : Programming Reporting Services

Using URL Access to Display a Report
Building a Reporting Services Web Service Client
Using the Report Viewer Control

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