6236-Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2008
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- Course Delivery: Virtual Classroom
- Language: English
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.
Lesson objectives help students become comfortable with the course, and also provide a means to evaluate learning.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able 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
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.
- Lesson 1: Overview of SQL Server Reporting Services
- Lesson 2: Installing Reporting Services
- Lesson 3: Reporting Services Tools
- Exercise 1: (Level 200) Exploring Report Designer
- Exercise 2: (Level 200) Exploring Report Manager
- Describe the features of SQL Server Reporting Services.
- Install Reporting Services.
- Describe the Reporting Services tools.
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.
- Lesson 1: Creating a Basic Table Report
- Lesson 2: Formatting Report Pages
- Lesson 3: Calculating Values
- Exercise 1 (Level 200): Creating a Basic Table Report
- Exercise 2 (Level 200): Formatting Report Pages
- Exercise 3 (Level 200): Adding Calculated Values
- Create a basic table report.
- Format report pages.
- Calculate values for a report.
The students will learn about navigational controls and some additional types of data regions, and how to use them to enhance a basic report.
- Lesson 1: Interactive Navigation
- Lesson 2: Displaying Data
- Exercise 1: (Level 200) Using Dynamic Visibility
- Exercise 2: (Level 200) Using Document Maps
- Exercise 3: (Level 200) Initiating Actions
- Exercise 4: (Level 200) Using a List Data Region
- Exercise 5: (Level 200) Creating a Tablix Report
- Exercise 6: (Level 200) Adding Chart Subreport to Parent Report
- Create reports with interactive navigation.
- Display data in various formats.
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.
- Lesson 1: Defining Report Data
- Lesson 2: Using Parameters and Filters
- Lesson 3: Using Parameter Lists
- Exercise 1: (Level 200) Using Parameters to Restrict Query Results
- Exercise 2: (Level 200) Using Parameters to Filter Report Data
- Exercise 3: (Level 200) Creating Dynamic Parameter Lists
- Exercise 4: (Level 200) Using Parameters with a Stored Procedure
- Exercise 5: (Level 200) Displaying All Categories in a Parameter List
- Define report data.
- Use parameters and filters.
- Use parameter lists.
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.
- Lesson 1: Creating Report Models
- Lesson 2: Using Report Builder
- Exercise 1: (Level 200) Creating a Report Model
- Exercise 2: (Level 200) Using Report Builder to Create a Report
- Create Report Models.
- Use Report Builder.
The students will learn the various options you can use to publish reports to the report server and execute them.
- Lesson 1: Publishing Reports
- Lesson 2: Executing Reports
- Lesson 3: Creating Cached Instances
- Lesson 4: Creating Snapshots and Report History
- Exercise 1: (Level 200) Publishing Reports
- Exercise 2: (Level 200) Executing Reports
- Exercise 3: (Level 200) Configuring and Viewing a Cached Report
- Exercise 4: (Level 200) Configuring and Viewing a Snapshot Report
- Publish reports.
- Execute reports.
- Create cached instances.
- Create snapshots and report history.
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.
- Lesson 1: Introduction to Report Subscriptions
- Lesson 2: Creating Report Subscriptions
- Lesson 3: Managing Report Subscriptions
- Exercise 1: (Level 200) Creating a Standard SubscriptionExercise 2: (Level 200) Creating a Data-Driven Subscription
- Describe report subscriptions.
- Create report subscriptions.
- Manage report subscriptions.
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.
- Lesson 1: Reporting Server Administration
- Lesson 2: Performance and Reliability Monitoring
- Lesson 3: Administering Report Server Databases
- Lesson 4: Security Administration
- Lesson 5: Upgrading to Reporting Services 2008
- Exercise 1: (Level 200) Using Reporting Services Configuration Manager
- Exercise 2: (Level 200) Securing a Reporting Services Site
- Exercise 3: (Level 200) Securing Items
- Administer the reporting server.
- Monitor performance and reliability.
- Administer the Report Server databases.
- Administer security.
- Upgrade to Reporting Services 2008.
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.
- Lesson 1: Querying for Server Information Using a Web Service
- Lesson 2: Automating Report Management
- Lesson 3: Rendering Reports
- Lesson 4: Creating Custom Code
- Exercise 1: (Level 200) Using URL Access to Display a Report
- Exercise 2: (Level 200) Building a Reporting Services Web Service Client
- Exercise 3: (Level 200) Using the Report Viewer Control
- Query server information using a Web service.
- Automate report management.
- Render reports.
- Create custom code.
To ensure the successful completion of this course, we recommend completion of one of the following courses, or equivalent knowledge:
- 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).
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