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  • Blog Post: Resources for Reporting Services

    Just to highlight some of the answers to a lot of questions I get asked. On TechNet there are various Reporting Services InfoCenters . These InfoCenters are navigation topics in the SQL Server Books Online. The information is organized by the roles that you would use when working with Reporting Services...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Manageability Team Blog

    I am going to add the SQL Server Manageability Team Blog to my links there is a great post about running reports inside Management Studio . This ability was added with SP2. Both Simon and Dan have mentioned this earlier.
  • Blog Post: 'Introduction to Report Services' Event in Edinburgh 7 Nov

    I have just got back from the TechNet Event in Edinburgh. Having it in the afternoon rather than the evening seemed to go down very well. We had to bring in extra chairs to fit everyone in. There were a couple of questions about resources for Report Services . A lot of the white papers are located...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Webcasts For Week 11 Dec 2006

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Report Builder (Level 200) Monday, December 11, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time John Weston, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032319566&Culture=en-US TechNet Webcast: Introduction...
  • Blog Post: SQL Technet Events in November (UK)

    We are starting to provide TechNet events around the Uk rather than just in London. so please give us feedback. Do check the details for the sessions as some of them may be during day rather than evening sessions. 07 November 2006, Edinburgh: Enhance your business’s reporting capability: An introduction...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Reports using URL Access in SQL Server 2005

    I was asked today for some resources and information on Report Services. First there is a way to access reports using URL Access; there is a white paper here. http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/RSPROG/htm/rsp_prog_urlaccess_374y.asp With URL access we can pass parameters...
  • Blog Post: Install Reporting Services side by side with an earlier version

    I was asked on Monday about issues concerning installing SQL 2000 for the Reporting Service database and using SQL 2005 services. There is a whitepaper covering multiple installations . You need to be careful as there are a few caveats to be aware of. The SQL Server 2000 version must be the default instance...
  • Blog Post: Resources for URL Access to Reports

    I have been asked again about URL Access methods with programming again I can expand on the amount of information other than the white papers. See my previous post . I am at a conference for the rest of the week but will try and cover a bit more about this if required. From the BOL there is a lot...
  • Blog Post: Changing the location of Log files for SQL Server Reporting Services

    I was asked earlier this week by mail this very question. I found the answer on the Microsoft SQL Server Support Blog . It is quite a straight forward procedure. There is a link to this blog on the sidebar.
  • Blog Post: Chris Webb's BI Blog

    I found this Blog recently. It belongs to Chris Webb another of our new SQL Server MVPs.. Chris has mentioned in his blog about Reporting Services and server aggregates and raises an interesting issue ‘adding an explicit switch that allows treating server aggregate rows as "detail rows".’What do you...
  • Blog Post: Resources - 'An introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services' - Reading Event - 06 Sept

    These are some resources I found to be very useful for you after the Reading event There are two webcasts then a lot of links to various information. Do look at Brian Welcker's Weblog there is lots of useful information there. TechNet Webcast: Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (Level...
  • Blog Post: New Viso Diagrams for MOSS2007

    I picked this up from Alexander Windel's Blog. It reminds me of the conversation I had with Tony he was looking to set up reports using SharePoint for a customer. These Visio diagrams are really useful and have lots of info on them. If you don?t have Visio and want to look there is a Visio Viewer available...
  • Blog Post: Using parameters in Reporting Services

    I have been asked about parameters in reports and although I am presenting a TechNet session An introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services on the 6 Sept here in Reading I thought it would be useful to show where some of the resources are for parameters. Parameters are used to provide user interaction...