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Posted Apr 19, 2005

MSSQL Server Reporting Services: Black Belt Components: Ad Hoc Sorting with Parameters - Page 2

By William Pearson

Hands-On Procedure


Create a Reporting Services Project

To begin, we will launch Reporting Services' Report Designer, found in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003.

1.  Click Start.

2.  Navigate to the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 shortcut in the Programs group, as appropriate.

The equivalent on my PC appears as depicted in Illustration 2.

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Illustration 2: Beginning in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 ...

3.  Select File --> New from the main menu.

4.  Click Project from the cascading menu, as shown in Illustration 3.

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Illustration 3: Selecting a New Project

The New Project dialog appears. Business Intelligence Projects appears in the Project Types tree, indicating an installation of Reporting Services.

5.  Click Business Intelligence Projects in the Project Types tree, if necessary.

6.  Click Report Project in the Templates list.

7.  Type the following into the Name box, leaving other settings at default:


8.  Navigate to a location in which to place the Report Project files.

The New Project dialog appears, with our additions, as depicted in Illustration 4.

Illustration 4: The New Projects Dialog, with Addition

9.  Click OK.

Our new project appears in the Solution Explorer (upper right corner of the Visual Studio .NET interface), as we see in Illustration 5.

Illustration 5: The New Project Appears in the Solution Explorer

Having created a Report Project, we are ready to proceed with creating the new report clone.

Enhancing the Territory Sales Drilldown Report to Include Ad Hoc Sorting

In this section, we will copy the existing Territory Sales Drilldown report, and then open it in Reporting Services' Report Designer, where we will begin the modifications that the information consumers have requested.

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