A recurring concern for IT Pros looking to employ SQL Server Reporting Services is the apparent need to use Visual Studio as the report designer. This is not the case. There are a number of alternatives out there.
Firstly, there are two alternatives that I’m aware of that can be used by normal ‘end users’ to directly create RDL.
Secondly, there are BI ‘end user’ reporting tools such as:
that have integrated Reporting Services into their applications.
Reporting services won't install inless you have VS.net 2003 installed
G'day Mat, thanks for the pointers, one of the perceived "limitations" in get Reporting Services utilised where I work was the dependency on VS.NET to design reports. I tried out OfficeWriter, and we're looking at Cizer now.
I'm looking forward to ActiveViews (or whatever it's become), but it seems as if that will only be with SQL Server 2005 and not backwards-compatible with 2000.
DeeICE, you don’t need Visual Studio. Reporting Services will install without it. You're probably thinking of the bright yellow exclamation, warning you that VS is not installed, but if you click next then RS installs just fine.