Sorting the values in parameter dropdowns in Report Builder

In SQL 2005 the semantic queries generated by Report Builder do not support sorting. This is not a problem in the report itself, because all sorting is defined and implemented in the report definition instead of the query. However, for parameter dropdowns there is currently no solution: if the query doesn’t sort the data, there’s…

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Filtering on totals in Report Builder

Since releasing Report Builder almost two years ago, we’ve found that many users run into difficulty at some point with filtering on totals. A classic example of this is, “show me a list of customers with more than $5000 in Accessory sales.” “Accessory sales” is a typical slice-and-dice filter, because it just eliminates detail or…

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Requiring Report Builder users to choose a perspective

Some customers have report models that are large enough they do not expect any user to ever request the entire model, and would actually prefer to disallow that option, and require them to choose a perspective instead. There is an undocumented and unsupported feature that provides this behavior in the current release. It is used…

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Launching Report Builder from the command line

A number of people have asked if it is possible to launch RB from the command line. While it is in fact possible, it is an unsupported feature in SQL Server 2005. That said, here’s how to do it. You just need to specify what report server to connect to, like this:      ReportBuilder.exe /s=http://mybox/reportserver Other supported…

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Using that little checkbox in the Report Builder filter dialog

The Filter dialog in Report Builder has a little checkbox near the bottom that many users have asked about. The checkbox label says, “When adding a new condition, apply to all data in my report.” The effect of selecting this checkbox is that when subsequent fields are added to your filter, and those fields have…

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