Help RB 2.0 users find and use shared data sources

Report Builder 2.0 makes it easy for business users to browse for and use centrally-defined and managed data sources. It does this by supporting direct connection to a report server as part of the design experience. It also maintains a list of recently-used data sources that show up at the top of the list each…

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What is that extra column of ‘AB.gAAAA=’ values when I run a report model query?

Most people using Report Builder 2.0 with a report model soon ask the question, what is that extra column I get back with strange values like “AC8AAAA=” in it? Answer: It’s an entity key value. If you’re going to create a group on that entity in your report, you should use this field as the…

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Call for feedback: What are you doing with report models?

Are you using a report model in your organization? The Reporting Services product team wants to hear from you! What type of organization is using the model (dept/workgroup, small/mid business, enterprise)? How long have you been using your model? What is the backend database for your model? How much data is behind your report model?…

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How to build a Clickthrough link in Report Builder 2.0

As I mentioned in a previous post, due to resource constraints in this release, Report Builder 2.0 is not a strict superset of RB 2005/1.0. One of the features missing from RB 2.0 is automatic creation of Clickthrough links. You can still get them, of course, by creating the basics of your report in RB 1.0,…

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A better way to model inheritance

I’ve been playing around with a report model we use internally here in the SQL Server product group. At a conceptual level, the data being modeled makes heavy use of inheritance (EntityA “is a” EntityB), but in working with the model and with Report Builder, I’m finding some significant advantages to using the Role.ExpandInline property…

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Report Builder 2.0: Whither report models?

Just a quick post to answer the inevitable question when those familiar with Report Builder 2005/1.0 start playing with Report Builder 2.0: Whither report models? The short answer is that they are still available as a data source type, and the report model query designer is included as well, so you can create datasets against…

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