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Working with Report Models in SSRS

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by Ravindra Savaram
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Report Models  are templates that contain data sets and data sources. It stores attribute that is supposed to display in various reports. Before taking attributes from various tables the tables should contain proper primary (or) Foreign keys. These model statistics are stored under SMDL(Semantic Model definition language)

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Working with Report Model

Real-time usage:

It acts as a template to set of tables and columns. So no need to create a data source, data sets on the fly for reports (dynamic reports)

1) Ensure tables are having valid keys in the source database

2) Go start menu → programs → open BIDS → new → project → select → Report model project → specify the name: temp_Models → view → solution explorer

Create a data source → RT click → data source view → Add a new data source view → next → next → select the option “use current model statistics stored in the data source view” → next → RUN → Finish.

Go to project → Rt Click → properties → Deployment → Target
Server URL → Specify URL → click Ok
Build menu → Deploy Temp __ Models

Go to the report manager and observe the report.

Related Page: SSRS – How To Create Dynamic Reports Using Parameters

Working with Report Builder

This is designed to create and work with on the fly (or) dynamic (or) situational reports.

There are two versions of report builders are available

  • Report builder 1.0
  • Report builder 2.0

2008 supports both these versions.

It uses a report model to generate reports. So there is no need to create data sources and data set.

Go to report manager → Click report builder → Run → select report model and report layout (Table (columnar,), Matrix (cross Tab), Chart )  → Click ok.

Take the Design Report from the menu → create a file and click the run report option to run the report

Filtering the report:
 Go report menu → Click Filter.
(or)                                                         [Hyd]
Go to Toolbar → Click Filter → click party with: → select from fields →
party loc equals

Frequently Asked SSRS Interview Questions & Answers

Sorting and Grouping:

Sorting and Grouping

View Menu

Format menu:

Number, Alignment, Font, border, fill

Report menu:
                                   New field
                                   Sort and Group {
                                   Report properties }

The report builder supports below type of data regions:

  1. Table
  2. Matrix
  3. Chart

Report builder → Report properties

Choose the properties that you want to apply to this report

  • User sorting

                     Allow users to sort the report data when they view it drill through
                           Allow users to drill to this report from other reports fixed headers

  • Lockdown the report headings so that they are always visible when users scroll through the reports. Drill down

→ We can use below report items in the layout
Insert a menu                    → Text box
→ Picture
→ Total Row count

Creating new fields:

Report menu → new field → specify field name → specify a formula for each party (party income * 12/100) → ok

Report saving: One we save the report it saves directly in the report server (or) report manager.

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