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SQL Server Reporting Services


Duration: 3.0 days

Method: Instructor led, Hands-on workshops

Price: $1800.00

Course Code: SS2202


This course is intended for end-users and IT staff who will produce reports for their organization, department, or group.


In this course, you will learn how to use SQL Server Reporting Services. Explore its basic architecture and gain a basic understanding of the components of SSRS. You’ll then explore tabular and list reports that employ datasets and data regions. As you progress, you’ll learn to add custom expressions, custom functions and format your reports using Visual Studio Data Tools. The reports you create in the course will employ shared data sources, interactive sorting, and drill-down capabilities. You’ll then understand how Reporting Services parameters work and create parameters in ad-hoc SQL. Next, you’ll be building Matrix reports and charts then explore the use of Reporting Services gauges. The Deployment of Reporting Services projects follows using a variety of formats and client-side printing. You’ll gain knowledge of SSRS Security in managing user roles and accounts. You’ll 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’ll learn how to empower your users to create ad-hoc reports using Report Builder.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Create tabular and list reports
  • Build expressions and how they are used within SSRS
  • Use the global, user, field, report and parameter collections
  • Create groups using the grouping pane for Row Group and Column Groups
  • Use parameters with queries and stored procedures to add flexibility to reports
  • Create Matrix reports and see the new features of Matrix reports
  • 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 querying data. Knowledge of SQL Server, the use of SQL Server Management Studio for development, and Visual Studio Development Tools (VSDT) is helpful.


  • I. 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
  • II. 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
  • III. Calculation and Formatting
    • Explore how to create expressions in your reports
    • 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, Properties window, and 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
  • IV. 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
  • V. Working with Parameters
    • Understanding how Reporting Services parameters work with queries and stored procedures
    • 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, bound, multivalued, and cascading parameters
    • Learn how to solve common parameter issues
  • VI. Creating Matrix Reports and Charts
    • Learn how to create matrix reports
    • Investigate Reporting Services charts
    • Explore the use of Reporting Services gauges, charts, maps, databars, sparklines, and indicators
  • VII. Managing Reporting Services
    • Understand how to plan and configure for deployment
    • Learn how to deploy projects and individual reports, datasets, 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
  • VIII. Security
    • Investigate how Reporting Services secures access to reports and other 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
  • IX. Programming Reporting Services
    • Discover the 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 in local mode to display reports that don’t involve Reporting Services
  • X. 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
  • XI. 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 (requires Enterprise Edition)
  • XII. Ad-Hoc Reporting with Report Builder
    • 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 deploy Report Builder reports to a Reporting Services server