MSSQL Server Reporting Services: The Authoring Phase: Overview Part I - Page 3

February 26, 2004

Creating the Report Project and the Report Files

We will begin a basic report, based upon a table in our data source. For this exercise, we will use the AdventureWorks2000 OLTP database that ships / installs with Reporting Services.

Creating the Report Project

First, 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 in the Programs group, as appropriate. The equivalent on my PC appears as shown in Illustration 1.

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Illustration 1: It All Begins 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 2.

Illustration 2: Selecting a New Project

The New Project dialog appears, as depicted in Illustration 3. We note that Business Intelligence Projects appears in the Project Types tree, indicating an installation of Reporting Services (the folder was added by the installation of Reporting Services, as it established the Report Designer in Visual Studio .NET).

Illustration 3: The New Projects Dialog, with Business Intelligence Projects as a Project Type

5.  Click Business Intelligence Projects in the Project Types list.

6.  Click Report Project in the Templates list.

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

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


The New Project dialog appears, with our addition, as shown 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

We have now created a Report Project, and are ready to proceed with creating a Report File.