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Report Builder NEW in 2005

One of the most requested features in the previous version of SSRS was an ability to develop end-user reports. Microsoft delivered this functionality in SSRS 2005.

Report Builder is a ClickOnce, ad hoc, end-user report authoring and publishing tool, which provides drag-and-drop, easy-to-use report design functionality.

As a typical ClickOnce application, Report Builder is deployed from a browser and executes on a client's computer. Report Builder does not require administrative permissions during installation and runs in a secure sandbox provided by .NET code access security.

To deploy Report Builder, click on the Report Builder button on the Report Manager's toolbar. Alternatively, you can use http://<server>/ReportServer/ReportBuilder/ReportBuilder.application URL to launch Report Builder. Report Builder is deployed to C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Local Settings\Apps\2.0\<obfuscated directory>.

Before you can use Report Builder,

  • You must have appropriate permissions, and be a member of the Report Consumer role or a custom role that includes the Consume Reports task.
  • At least one report model has to be published.
  • An Internet browser must allow you to download files.

Reports developed by Report Builder can be interpreted by Report Designer.

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