Radical Connector (SP2 CTP2 is Released!)

I'm very excited to let you know that you can get your hands on the first CTP for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2. This release will enable you to start testing a few new features for Reporting Services, including:

  • Hyperion Essbase Provider and Query Designer

  • Oracle Support for Report Builder

The release also contains support for Windows Vista (RC1). The final version of SP2 will contain support for the released version of Vista.

Most importantly, SP2 contains new integration with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I will be blogging on this frequently over the next few weeks as it is a very significant set of work that you will want to evaluate if your company is planning on adopting the soon to-be-released Office System servers. In a nutshell, the add-in lets you to take advantage of SQL Server Reporting Services report processing and management capabilities from within a SharePoint deployment.

Once you configure your SP2 report server for SharePoint integrated mode and configure the add-in for your SharePoint deployment, you get the ability to view and manage reports published directly to SharePoint document libraries. All security is managed within the SharePoint permission model. There is also a new delivery extension that you can use in subscriptions to deliver rendered reports to SharePoint libraries.

Just a warning about the CTP - although the release is very stable, as with any pre-release software you should use it exclusively in a test environment. This is especially true with the SharePoint integration add-in as we will not be providing an upgrade to the final release for this component.



Comments (6)
  1. Walter says:

    Will SP2 include support for rendering to Microsoft’s own XPS format?

  2. Drew Minkin says:

    What versions of Hyperion Essbase will SSRS 2005 on SP2 support?  Will MDX be the only query language supported?

  3. bwelcker says:

    It will only support the latest edition of Essbase using MDX since it uses the new XML/A support.

  4. bwelcker says:

    SP2 will not include XPS support. We are looking at XPS support in a future release.

  5. Bill Wolff says:

    When will you have a 64 bit version of this add-on? Many enterprises now standardize on 64-bit Windows/SQL/SharePoint for obvious reasons.

    And please let the install package tech know that they need a warning on install for someone who tries to run this on a 64 bit environment and missed the minor mention of X86 only in the Windows Operating System requirements section of the download page. The error message (SharePoint not installed) is very misleading.

  6. vamsi says:

    Will SP2 contain the "Select All" option for reporting services which was removed in SP1

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