TechEd session: Tips and tricks for building rich reports

Here’s a recording of my TechEd 2012 North America session last week in Orlando: Tips and Tricks For Building Rich Reports The entire session is based on Report Builder 3.0. All content is relevant to both SQL 2008 R2 and SQL 2012. Topics covered: Use a tablix to organize data how you want it Use…

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When and why the primary entity changes when using a report model

Got a few questions lately on this subject, so I thought I’d post some additional info that may be helpful. First, a few related links that may be partially helpful: The philosophy behind Report Builder data navigation (blog post) Exploring the Primary Entity and Its Related Data (MSDN) Using that little checkbox in the Report…


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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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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Getting grouping right in Report Builder

One thing Report Builder users need to be aware of when building a report is the difference between an entity group, which displays exactly one instance for each row in the underlying table, and a value group, which displays one instance for each distinct value of a particular field. The type of group they get…

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