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SSRS 2008 Training: Introduction to SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS)

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Course Number: SQL-220
Duration: 3 days
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SSRS 2008 Training Overview

Accelebrate's Microsoft SSRS training teaches attendees how to create, test, and distribute SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services reports. In addition, this SSRS training optionally teaches attendees how to interface with SSRS from .NET applications.

Location and Pricing

Most Accelebrate courses are delivered as private, customized, on-site training at our clients' locations worldwide for groups of 3 or more attendees and are custom tailored to their specific needs. Please visit our client list to see organizations for whom we have delivered private in-house training. These courses can also be delivered as live, private online classes for groups that are geographically dispersed or wish to save on the instructor's or students' travel expenses. To receive a customized proposal and price quote for private training at your site or online, please contact us.

In addition, some courses are available as live, online classes for individuals. See a schedule of online courses.

SSRS 2008 Training Prerequisites

All attendees should have prior experience with relational databases and writing SQL queries for SQL Server 2008.

Hands-on/Lecture Ratio

This SSRS training is 60% hands-on, 40% lecture, with the longest lecture segments lasting for 20 minutes.

SSRS 2008 Training Materials

All SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 training students will receive a copy of Sam's Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Unleashed.

Software Needed on Each Student PC

  • Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, XP, Vista Business/Ultimate, or 7 Business/Ultimate with latest service packs applied
  • SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 full install (server and client tools), including Reporting Services, with latest service packs applied
  • At least 2GB RAM if XP, 3GB RAM or more preferred if any other Windows version
  • Sample databases and related tools

SSRS 2008 Training Objectives

  • 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.

SSRS 2008 Training 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
  • Calculations 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
  • Security
    • 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 in local 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 or 3.0 (your choice)
    • 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
  • Conclusion