SQL Server 2008 SP1 and Report Builder Update

Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008 is now available for download.  The service pack is primarily a roll-up of Cumulative Updates 1, 2, and 3 and minor fixes made in response to requests reported through the SQL Server community.  While there are no new features in this service pack, a notable addition from a…

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Custom Report Item

Custom Report Item in Reporting Services 2005 This server extensibility feature introduced in Reporting Services 2005 (RS 2005) provides the ability to develop custom report items for embedding in reports.  Examples of resources available that provide insights into how one can build custom report item solutions include: documentation overview, sample, and a great MSDN magazine article by…

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Using Group Variables in Reporting Services 2008 for Custom Aggregation

Introduction SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS 2008) features an on-demand report processing engine.  This on-demand architecture has a number of key advantages over the processing engine design that existed in previous major releases.  The most significant benefits are vast improvements to report engine scalability and performance (you can read a bit more about it here).  Because of…

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Scale-Up Improvements in Reporting Services 2008

A few months ago, leading up to the release of RC0 of SQL Server 2008, I was involved in working with the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team.  They were investigating and comparing the scalability of Reporting Services 2005 and Reporting Services 2008, using common customer report scenarios and workloads.  A more detailed whitepaper is planned…

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