SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Courses

About this Course
Elements of this syllabus are subject to change. This instructor-led course teaches students how to implement a Reporting Services solution in an organization. The course discusses how to use the Reporting Services development tools to create reports, and how to use the Reporting Services management and administrative tools to manage a Reporting Services solution. 2KO International Group provides IT & business training courses for learners of all levels, and is also a top-rated, certified supplier of online IT courses, enabling 2KO students the opportunity to study courses online world-wide, to ensure the best training possible.

Audience Profile
This course is intended for information technology (IT) professionals and developers who need to implement reporting solutions by using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services.

At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe SQL Server Reporting Services and its components.
Create a Reporting Services report.
Enhance a Reporting Services report.
Create and manipulate data sets.
Use report models to implement reporting for business users.
Configure report publishing and execution settings.
Implement subscriptions for reports.
Administer Reporting Services.
Implement custom Reporting Services applications.

Course Contents

Module 1: Publishing and Executing Reports
The students will learn the various options you can use to publish reports to the report server and execute them.
Lessons
Publishing Reports
Executing Reports
Creating Cached Instances
Creating Snapshots and Report History

Module 2: Using Subscriptions to Distribute Reports
The students will learn how to implement subscriptions so that you can distribute reports either automatically by e-mail or by publishing reports to a shared folder.
Lessons
Introduction to Report Subscriptions
Creating Report Subscriptions
Managing Report Subscriptions

Module 3: Administering Reporting Services
The students will learn how to administer the Reporting Services server, how to monitor and optimize the performance of the report server, how to maintain the Reporting Services databases, and how to keep the system secure.
Lessons
Reporting Server Administration
Performance and Reliability Monitoring
Administering Report Server Databases
Security Administration
Upgrading to Reporting Services 2008

Module 4: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
The students will be introduced to the role that Reporting Services plays in an organization's reporting life cycle, the key features offered by Reporting Services, and the components that make up the Reporting Services architecture.
Lessons
Overview of SQL Server Reporting Services
Installing Reporting Services
Reporting Services Tools

Module 5: Authoring Basic Reports
The students will learn the fundamentals of report authoring, including configuring data sources and data sets, creating tabular reports, summarizing data, and applying basic formatting.
Lessons
Creating a Basic Table Report
Formatting Report Pages
Calculating Values

Module 6: Enhancing Basic Reports
The students will learn about navigational controls and some additional types of data regions, and how to use them to enhance a basic report.
Lessons
Interactive Navigation
Displaying Data

Module 7: Manipulating Data Sets
The students will explore data sets to a greater depth, including the use of alternative data sources and interacting with a data set through the use of parameters. Students will learn how to dynamically modify the data set underlying a data region by allowing parameters to be sent to the underlying query, as well as will learn to use best practices to implement static and dynamic parameter lists when interacting with queries and stored procedures.
Lessons
Defining Report Data
Using Parameters and Filters
Using Parameter Lists

Module 8: Using Report Models
The students will learn how to create a report model so that business users can create their own reports without using the full Report Designer development environment. Students will also learn how to use Report Builder to create a report from a report model.
Lessons
Creating Report Models
Using Report Builder

Module 9: Programming Reporting Services
The students will learn how to query Reporting Services information programmatically and how to automate report management tasks. Students will also learn how to render reports without relying on Report Manager, and how to extend the feature set of a report server by creating custom code.
Lessons
Querying for Server Information Using a Web Service
Automating Report Management
Rendering Reports
Creating Custom Code

Course pre-requisites?
Before attending this course, students must have:
Exposure to creating reports in Microsoft Access or other third-party reporting products,
Conceptual understanding of the push and pull distribution/subscription paradigm.
Experience navigating the Microsoft Windows Server environment.
Experience with Windows services (starting and stopping)
Experience creating service accounts and permissions
Experience with Microsoft SQL Server, including:
SQL Server Agent.
SQL Server System tables.
SQL Server accounts (users and permissions).