New Report Parameter upon Which to Base Customization of the Linked Reports
current position (Preview tab) within the report, click the Data
Within the Filter
pane (atop the MDX Query Designer, to the right of the Metadata
pane), select Sales Territory via the Dimension column
Territory Group via the Hierarchy column drop-down selector.
to the immediate right, in the Operator column.
Select the Europe,
North America and Pacific checkboxes under the (expanded) All Sales Territories level within the selector
underneath the Filter Expression column (to the immediate right of the Operator
column, as shown in Illustration 20.
Illustration 20: Select
Europe, North America, and Pacific within Filter Expression
Click OK to
checkbox in the Parameters column to enable parameterization of the Sales
Territory Group in the report.
pane appears, with the new row we have added for the Sales Territory
Group parameter, as depicted in Illustration 21.
Illustration 21: Filter
Pane with the Row We Have Added ...
preview the report, once again, to verify operation of the parameter we have
Click the Preview
tab to execute RS030_Linked Report.rdl, once again.
Select North America within the new parameter
picklist, labeled Sales Territory Group, atop the report, as shown in Illustration 22.
Illustration 22: Select
North America within the New Parameter Picklist
Report to execute the report.
report executes, returning a properly filtered preview, showing data for the North
America Sales Territory Group only, depicted in Illustration 23.
Illustration 23: The
New Sales Territory Group Parameter in Action ...
save our work to this point.
From the main
menu in the design environment, select File ---> Save All, as shown
in Illustration 24.
Illustration 24: Select
File -> Save All to Save Our Work So Far ...
We now have
an OLAP report file within our Reporting Services 2005 Project, with
which we can proceed to examine the establishment of a Linked Report
scenario. Our final preparatory step will be to deploy the report to Report
Manager, where our setup for Linked Reports will take place.
the Report to a Common Folder in Report Manager
can create a Linked Report within either SQL Server Management Studio
or Report Manager, the focus of this practice session will be to perform
the setup within Report Manager. We deploy the report to a common
folder, taking the following steps, assuming that we are logged in as a user
with the appropriate Report Manager rights within Reporting Services.
AdventureWorks Sample Reports project within the Solution Explorer.
from the context menu that appears, as depicted in Illustration 25.
Illustration 25: Select
Sample Reports Properties Pages dialog opens.
the entries similar to those in Table 1 (and appropriate for your own
environment) appear within the associated input boxes, within the Deployment
section of the dialog:
Table 1: Deployment
Section Project Properties Pages Dialog
In this Input Box:
Ensure the following:
Data Sources (Default)
AdventureWorks Sample Reports (Default)
NOTE: While all of the above can reflect local settings of
choice, the TargetServerURL must be a correct URL for the server upon
which Report Manager is installed. The above reflects a name for one of
my lab servers (TEMPLE001).
Sample Reports Properties Pages dialog, Deployment section, appears
as shown in Illustration
Illustration 26: The
Project Properties Pages Dialog
to accept settings and to dismiss the dialog.
the new RS030_Linked Report within the Solution Explorer, once
from the context menu that appears, as depicted in Illustration 27.
Illustration 27: Begin
Report Deployment ...
begins. We can
observe the events of the process, through completion, within the Output
window of the design environment, as shown in Illustration 28.
Illustration 28: Report
Deployment Complete (Output Window) ...
-> Exit, to leave the Business Intelligence Development Studio,
deployed our sample report, we are ready to create Linked Reports at the
Report Manager level. We will get some exposure to this process in the
section that follows.