Procedure: Open the Sample Report Server Project

Objective:

Use this procedure to locate and open the AdventureWorks Sample
Reports
project that ships with MSSQL Server Reporting Services 2005.

To begin, we’ll launch
the SQL Server Business
Intelligence Development Studio
.

1. 
Click Start.

2. 
Navigate to, and click, SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio, as appropriate.

The equivalent on my PC
appears as depicted in Illustration 1.



Illustration 1:
Launching SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio

We
briefly see a splash page that lists the components installed on the PC, and
then Visual Studio .NET 2005 opens at the Start page.

3. 
Close the Start
page, if desired.

4. 
Select File
à Open from the main menu.

5. 
Click Project
/ Solution …
from the cascading menu, as shown in Illustration 2.



Illustration 2:
Selecting a New Project

The Open
Project
dialog appears.

6.  Browse to the AdventureWorks sample reports
folder.

The reports are installed, by default (and, therefore,
subject to be installed in a different location on our individual machines), in
the following location.

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Samples\Reporting Services\Report Samples\AdventureWorks Sample Reports

7.  Select the AdventureWorks Sample Reports.sln
file within the sample reports folder, as depicted (circled) in Illustration
3
.



Illustration 3: The Open
Project Dialog, with Our Selection Circled …

8. 
Click Open.

The AdventureWorks
Sample Reports
solution opens, and we see the various objects within appear
in Solution Explorer, as shown in Illustration 4.



Illustration 4: The
Solution Opens within BI Development Studio …

William Pearson
William Pearson
Bill has been working with computers since before becoming a "big eight" CPA, after which he carried his growing information systems knowledge into management accounting, internal auditing, and various capacities of controllership. Bill entered the world of databases and financial systems when he became a consultant for CODA-Financials, a U.K. - based software company that hired only CPA's as application consultants to implement and maintain its integrated financial database - one of the most conceptually powerful, even in his current assessment, to have emerged. At CODA Bill deployed financial databases and business intelligence systems for many global clients. Working with SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase and Informix, and focusing on MSSQL Server, Bill created Island Technologies Inc. in 1997, and has developed a large and diverse customer base over the years since. Bill's background as a CPA, Internal Auditor and Management Accountant enable him to provide value to clients as a liaison between Accounting / Finance and Information Services. Moreover, as a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) - a Certified Public Accountant recognized for his or her unique ability to provide business insight by leveraging knowledge of information relationships and supporting technologies - Bill offers his clients the CPA's perspective and ability to understand the complicated business implications and risks associated with technology. From this perspective, he helps them to effectively manage information while ensuring the data's reliability, security, accessibility and relevance. Bill has implemented enterprise business intelligence systems over the years for many Fortune 500 companies, focusing his practice (since the advent of MSSQL Server 2000) upon the integrated Microsoft business intelligence solution. He leverages his years of experience with other enterprise OLAP and reporting applications (Cognos, Business Objects, Crystal, and others) in regular conversions of these once-dominant applications to the Microsoft BI stack. Bill believes it is easier to teach technical skills to people with non-technical training than vice-versa, and he constantly seeks ways to graft new technology into the Accounting and Finance arenas. Bill was awarded Microsoft SQL Server MVP in 2009. Hobbies include advanced literature studies and occasional lectures, with recent concentration upon the works of William Faulkner, Henry James, Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Honoré de Balzac, and Charles Dickens. Other long-time interests have included the exploration of generative music sourced from database architecture.

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