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A practical, trustworthy guide to the features and capabilities of Reporting Services, a major new addition to

Microsoft SQL Server

° Reporting Services are a brand new addition to SQL Server, and have been the subject of quite a bit of favorable commentary from analysts

° The authors are highly respected both within the SQL Server team at Microsoft and in the larger SQL Server community

° The book is loaded with practical advice, including work-arounds found no where else

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The Future of SQL Server with the legendary Bill Vaughn: Video Podcast

Acclaimed author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services describes the future of SQL Server and his forthcoming book Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server, coming Feb. 2007.


  • Copyright 2005
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-26828-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-26828-0

“Bill Vaughn and Peter Blackburn have created a masterful work of Reporting Services documentation, which includes tips, tricks, and product insights that you just won’t find anywhere else.”

–Bryan Keller, Programmer-Writer, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“An insightful, informative, and sometimes irreverent look into the world of Reporting Services, Hitchhiker’s Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services provides plenty of walk-throughs, examples, tips, and tricks to help you get the most out of the product. Peter and Bill take you step by step through the various features of Reporting Services, pointing out pitfalls and best practices along the way. An excellent addition to any Reporting Services library.”

–Michelle Larez, Technical Writer, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“Although it is called Hitchhiker’s Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services, I like to think of it in more of a movie context as Bill and Peter’s Excellent Adventure. Get ready for a totally excellent quest to get the most out of your SQL Server Reporting Services deployment.”

–Brian Welcker, Group Program Manager, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“Microsoft Reporting Services for SQL Server 2000 is easily the best product for solving customers’ reporting requirements since Access 1.0 in 1992. It’s simple to use, powerful, and nothing comes close when it comes to producing reports for the web. Bill Vaughn and Peter Blackburn have put together a comprehensive resource that fills a big void in the developer market on this topic.”

–Adam Cogan, Chief Architect, Microsoft Regional Director, Superior Software for Windows (SSW)

“Chapter 9 provides a great explanation of code access security issues and procedures! Easy to read–contains a lot of useful info and no water.”

–Alexandre Mineev, Software Design Engineer, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“I got to know Peter and Bill in the early beta stages of SQL Server Reporting Services, where they were among the most prolific participants. This book reflects their passion for this product, their drive to go beneath the surface and understand its inner workings and its architecture.”

–Tudor Trufinescu, Development Lead, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“The ultimate resource for both DBAs and developers on SQL Server Reporting Services; this book and DVD will guide you from installation, security, report design, and deployment to developing extensions.”

–Gert E.R. Drapers, Software Architect, SQL Server Development, Microsoft Corporation

SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services streamlines the process of extricating meaningful reports from your data sources. Hitchhiker's Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services picks up where the Microsoft documentation leaves off, providing report developers, database administrators, application developers, their managers, and report users with invaluable inside information on the workings of Reporting Services.

Written on the final product release, with input from the Microsoft Reporting Services Development Team, this book offers an authoritative yet independent look at the technology. The authors--both Microsoft MVPs who've worked with the Development Team since the beginning--reveal hidden problems and workarounds as they steer you through each step in report installation, management, security, creation, and programming. You can start setting up simple single-server installations or web farms right away while gaining an in-depth understanding of every Reporting Services feature.

The special companion DVD includes narrated Camtasia™ video demonstrations that show you how to safely navigate the trickier parts of this technology. The DVD also includes the evaluation version of Reporting Services, Books OnLine documentation refresh kit, Service Pack 1, code samples, and much more. A special website provides book and technology updates, as well as new templates and add-ins. Readers also receive six months of free access to a Premium Content area, which includes a private newsgroup, discussion groups, and technical support.

Key topic coverage includes:

  • Reporting Services basics, including the Report Designer and Report Manager
  • Data Source, data, and report security, including Code Access Security
  • Solving installation, design, configuration, security, and subscription problems
  • Report scripting and using the SOAP interface
  • How to customize the Report Manager and Report Designer
  • How to create Custom Data Processing extensions
  • Up-to-the-minute tips, fixes, and workarounds

Insightful, fast-paced, and fun, Hitchhiker's Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services is your inside guide to getting the most from Reporting Services.

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Table of Contents




About the Authors.

1. Overview.

    What is Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services?


2. Installing and Configuring Reporting Services.

    Installation Pathways and Preparation.

    Step-By-Step: Installing Reporting Services on a Server with IIS.

    Installing Reporting Services in a non Default Website.

    After Installation--Tuning and Reconfiguring.

    Testing the Installation.

    Installing Reporting Services on a Web Farm.

    Removing Reporting Services.


3. Creating Your First Report with the Report Designer Wizards.


    Creating a Table Report with the Report Project Wizard.

    Creating a Matrix Report with the Report Project Wizard.


4. Using the Report Manager.

    Understanding the Role-Based Security Mode.

    Search for (Report Items).

    Rendering Reports.

    Creating and Managing Report Subscriptions.

    Configuring the Email Interface (SMTP).

    Report Item-level Security Settings.

    Managing Data Sources.

    Site Settings.


5. Report Security.



6. Building Data Sources and DataSets.

    Data Sources and DataSets.

    Preparing the Development Server and Workstation.

    Building New Reports from Scratch.

    Specifying and Capturing Parameters.

    Advanced Techniques.


7. Report Layout and Design.

    Previewing and Deploying Reports.

    Laying Out Your Report.

    Working with Images.

    Drilling Down into Report Data.

    Using the Table control.

    Advanced Tips and Techniques.

    Creating Subreports.


8. The Chart and Matrix Controls.

    A Brief History of the Chart Control.

    Fetching Chart Data.

    Understanding the Chart Control's User Interface.

    Choosing the Chart Type.

    Creating a Chart.

    Working with Pie and Doughnut Charts.

    Annotating Charts.

    Using the Stock Charts.

    A Touch of Color.

    Using the Bubble and Scatter Charts.

    The Matrix Control.

    Getting Started with the Matrix Control.

    Monitoring the Report Processor.


9. Extending Reports--Report Templates and Styles.

    Building Report Wizard Style Templates.

    Customizing Report and Data Source Templates.

    Creating Custom DataSource Templates.

    Using Code Access Security.


10. Accessing the Report Server via URL.

    Simple URL Addressing the Report Server.


11. Customizing the Report Manager.

    Simple Customizations--Tuning the CSS file and Graphics Objects.


12. Managing Reports using SOAP.

    Prior to Adding a Web Reference - McGonagall's Strict Admonition.

    Rendering Reports with SOAP.


13. Writing a Custom Data Processing Extension.

    Building a Data Processing Extension Using the Microsoft Sample.

    Writing a Report Using the File System Data Processing Extension.

    Building a Data Processing Extension from Scratch.

    Deploying and Configuring.

    Building a Report with the EventLog Data Processing Extension.

    Security Considerations for Stored Credentials.


Appendix A Installing SSL on a Web Server.

Appendix B Using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for Reporting Services.

Appendix C Configuring SMTP.

Appendix D Using the IIS Metabase Editor.

Appendix E Reporting Services Books Online.



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