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Posted Nov 14, 2005

MSSQL Server Reporting Services: Mastering OLAP Reporting: Multiple Value Selection in a Parameter Picklist - Page 4

By William Pearson

Create a Copy of the Foodmart Sales Report

As we have noted, we will begin with a copy of the Reporting Services 2000 Foodmart Sales report, which we will upgrade to Reporting Services 2005 for purposes of our practice exercise.

1.  Right-click the Reports folder underneath the Shared Data Sources folder, in the Solution Explorer.

2.  Select Add --> Existing Item ... from the cascading context menus that appear, as depicted in Illustration 5.

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Illustration 5: Adding the Report to the Project ...

The Add Existing Item – RS022_MULTI_VAL_PARAM dialog appears.

When we installed Reporting Services 2000, the default installation point for the sample report files was the Samples folder within the Reporting Services program folder. A common example of this default path is as follows:

C:\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL\
Reporting Services\Samples\Reports

3.  Using the Add Existing Item - RS022_MULTI_VAL_PARAM dialog, navigate to the location of the sample reports in your own environment.

An example of the Add Existing Item - RS022_MULTI_VAL_PARAM dialog, having been pointed to the sample Reports folder (which contains the Foodmart Sales report we seek), appears as partially shown in Illustration 6.

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Illustration 6: Navigating to the Sample Reports Folder ...

4.  Right-click the Foodmart Sales report inside the dialog.

5.  Select Copy from the context menu that appears, as depicted in Illustration 7.

Illustration 7: Performing a Quick Copy of the FoodMart Sales Report

6.  Within the Add Existing Item - RS022_MULTI_VAL_PARAM dialog, navigate to the RS022_MULTI_VAL_PARAM folder we created earlier, when we added the new RS022_MULTI_VAL_PARAM project.

7.  Right-click somewhere in the white space inside the RS022_MULTI_VAL_PARAM folder, within the dialog.

8.  Select Paste from the context menu that appears, as shown in Illustration 8.

Illustration 8: Select Paste within the New Folder ...

A copy of the Foodmart Sales report appears within the dialog.

9.  Right-click the new file.

10.  Select Rename from the context menu that appears.

11.  Type the following name in place of the highlighted existing name:


NOTE: Be sure to include the .rdl extension in the file name.

The renamed copy of the Foodmart Sales sample report appears as depicted in Illustration 9.

Illustration 9: The New Report File, RS022_MULTI_VAL_PARAM.rdl

12.  Click the white space to the right of the file name, to accept the new name we have assigned.

13.  Re-select the new file by clicking it.

14.  Click Add on the dialog box to add the new report to report project RS022_MULTI_VAL_PARAM.

RS022_MULTI_VAL_PARAM.rdl appears in the Reports folder, within the RS022_MULTI_VAL_PARAM project tree in the Solution Explorer, as shown in Illustration 10.

Illustration 10: The New Report Appears in Solution Explorer – Report Folder

15.  From the main menu in the design environment, select File ---> Save All, as depicted in Illustration 11.

Illustration 11: Select File --> Save All to Save Our Work So Far ...

We now have a Reporting Services 2000 report file within our Reporting Services 2005 Project. Our next steps will upgrade the report, allowing us to leverage the new features available within Reporting Services 2005.

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