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SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) Training

Course ID: LKSR8-CW-50
Duration: 3 Days

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This course will no longer be run on the public schedule. Check out the most updated version: SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Training.
In this course, you will learn how to use SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services to create, execute, and manage reports.  You will learn how to create tabular, matrix (cross-tab), and chart reports.  You'll explore creating reports with groups, expressions, conditional formatting, and parameters.  The reports you create in the course will employ shared data sources, interactive sorting, and drill-down capabilities.  You'll explore the deployment and printing of reports and the export of reports to PDF, Excel, and other formats.  You'll gain a thorough understanding of Reporting Services security, report snapshots, subscriptions, and the use of custom assemblies.  You'll also discover how to integrate reports into your ASP.NET and WinForms applications using URL access and the Reporting Services Web Service API, without requiring users to use Internet Explorer.  Finally, you'll learn how to empower your users to create ad-hoc reports using Report Builder and Report Model projects. 

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Learning Objectives

In this course you will learn to:

  • Create tabular and list reports.
  • Build expressions and how they are used within SSRS.
  • Use global, field and parameter collections.
  • Create Groups using the grouping pane for Details Group and Row Groups.
  • Use parameters with stored procedures, with values on reports and unbound parameters.
  • Create Matrix reports and see the new features of Matrix reports for SSRS 08.
  • Deploy reports and use the report manager.
  • Use SSRS Security, SSL and Data Source Security.
  • Use Reporting Services APIs and Report Viewer Controls.
  • Create a Web Service, a Web Service Subscription and Custom Assemblies.


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.


Course Outline

Introducing SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Investigate what SQL Server Reporting Services can do
  • Explore the basic architecture of SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Gain a basic understanding of the components behind SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Learn how to create a basic report using the SQL Server Reporting Services Wizard

Creating Tabular and List Reports

  • Learn how to create a tabular report from scratch
  • Learn about datasets and data regions
  • Discover how to add textboxes and other controls to reports
  • Investigate the list data region
  • Learn how to work with rich text to produce mail merge style reports

Calculation and Formatting

  • Explore how to create expressions in your reports using
  • Learn how to create custom functions using the Code window
  • Discover the various global collections that you can reference in your expressions
  • Learn how to format report items using the formatting toolbars, the Properties window, and the Textbox Properties dialog box
  • Find out how you can use conditional formatting to make your reports more dynamic
  • Learn about report variables and when you might need to use them

Grouping and Sorting

  • Explore creating groups
  • Master the Reporting Services Grouping pane
  • Learn how to calculate group totals and percentages
  • Understand scope as it applies to aggregate functions
  • Discover interactive sorting
  • Find out how to create drill-down reports

Working with Parameters

  • Understanding how Reporting Services parameters work with stored procedure parameters
  • Learn how to create parameters in ad-hoc SQL
  • Find out how to display parameter values in report headers
  • Discover how to improve parameter prompts using drop-down list parameters
  • Dig into the use of unbound, multivalued, and cascading parameters
  • Learn how to solve common parameter issues

Creating Matrix Reports and Charts

  • Learn how to create matrix reports
  • Investigate Reporting Services charts
  • Explore the use of Reporting Services gauges

Managing Reporting Services

  • Understand how to plan and configure for deployment
  • Learn how to deploy Reporting Services projects and individual reports and data sources
  • Explore exporting reports to a variety of formats and using the client-side printing feature of Reporting Services
  • Investigate how to manage Reporting Services projects using Report Manager
  • Explore creating linked reports


  • Investigate how Reporting Services secures access to reports and other Reporting Services resources
  • Find out how to use Report Manager to manage user accounts and roles
  • Learn how to enable basic authentication for reports and how to require SSL for report operations
  • Explore the storing of credentials within a data source

Programming Reporting Services

  • Discover the many application programming interfaces of Reporting Services
  • Learn how to use URL to integrate Reporting Services reports into your applications
  • Explore the use of the Report Viewer controls to create Web pages and Windows Forms that render Reporting Services reports in place
  • Investigate how to use the Report Views controls inlocal mode to display reports that don’t involve Reporting Services

Advanced Reporting Services Programming

  • Discover the classes and methods exposed by the Reporting Services Web Service API
  • Learn how to call the Report Server Web Service
  • Investigate how to call a custom assembly from a report
  • Explore the potential deployment and security issues that might arise when working with custom assemblies

Snapshots and Subscriptions

  • Learn how to enable and control report caching
  • Investigate the scheduling of report snapshots
  • Explore the maintenance of report history
  • Discover how to create standard report subscriptions
  • Learn how to create data-driven report subscriptions

Ad-Hoc Reporting with Report Builder 2.0

  • Learn the differences between Report Builder 1.0 and Report Builder 2.0
  • Explore how to use Report Builder to build ad-hoc tabular, matrix and chart reports
  • Discover how to create Report Builder reports without using the wizards
  • Learn how to create Report Model projects using Visual Studio and deploy them to a Reporting Services server

Free Resources from Intertech

Free On-Demand Videos: SSRS Report Builder Tips

2 Free Resources: Missed Issues in Software Estimation and Stakeholder Questionnaire

Free eBook: High Availability Solutions