Reporting Services (SSRS)

Craig Porteous

How to secure Reporting Services with Group Managed Service Accounts

November 7, 2018 by

With Reporting Services’ (SSRS) ability to scale out to multiple hosts, you may quickly come across the need to reuse domain accounts. Updating passwords for such accounts becomes a lengthy and risky process often requiring downtime. You may have a reliable process, set in stone for updating service account credentials every 30, 60 or 90 days or you could be stumbling across accounts that haven’t changed in 5 years and the passwords are in a shared text file somewhere. In either case, there’s risk that’s hard to mitigate without magically creating more hours in the day.

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Esat Erkec

How to use JSON data in SSRS

November 6, 2018 by

In this article, we will explore the concept of using JSON data in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). This usage concept will include a different approach than the usual methodologies because we will take advantage of SQL Server R service support.

What is JSON?

JSON is an abbreviation for JavaScriptObjectNotation. The main purpose of JSON data was to provide data transfer between server and web applications for JavaScript but today’s JSON is the most popular data interchange format. JSON offers two advantages to us. These are; light-weight text based format easily readable by humans. Currently, JSON is not only used in JavaScript applications, it is also used in all popular software programing languages like JavaScript, C++, C#, Perl, Java, Python, Php etc.

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How to add parameters to SSRS mobile reports

October 12, 2018 by

This article will explain detailed usage of parameters in mobile reports in SSRS. Parameterized reports are important because report readers want to filter and customize their report data with parameters and this option helps report readers to focus on particular data. A parameterized SSRS report uses parameters as an input value and filters the report data according to these parameters. In this article we will focus, in particular, on how to use parameters and data sources together and how can we manage the parameters in mobile SSRS reports.

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Load testing for SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)

September 25, 2018 by

Performance monitoring is a very significant and essential topic for database or system administrators. This is no different with SSRS load testing. In some cases, performance problems can lead to significant system downtime. Most of the time in the background of the problem is having insufficient resources or improper settings. Therefore, before experiencing performance issues, we have to take some time to review preventive measures related to current system configurations or new installations. The load test (or stress test) is the most commonly used approach to tune systems before real-life staging conditions. Now we will discuss the details of load test, and in particular SSRS load testing.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu

How to embed a Power BI Report Server report into an ASP.Net web application

September 20, 2018 by

Every once in a while, teams from different functional areas of the business (i.e. business intelligence, software development, web development etc.) would join forces to form a cross-functional development team with a common goal of integrating a business intelligence artefact such as a SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) report into a front-end web application. There are many reasons for forming such a partnership including a lack of report-development skill by web developers, BI team owns a better reporting tool for data visualization, or maybe to prevent the software team from “reinventing the wheel” by developing a report that has already been produced elsewhere.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu

Available options for generating heatmaps in an SSRS report

September 17, 2018 by

As developers of business intelligence solutions, we tend to service different types of business users. Whilst a call center supervisor is more likely to consume reports that offer detailed breakdown of day-to-day performance of her call center agents, senior managers on the other hand often prefer big-picture analytical reports that represent data in a form of colorful graphs and charts. Not surprisingly, such reports often make use of heatmap controls to provide visually effective comparative view of business metrics against set targets.

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Esat Erkec

How to create a Mobile Dashboard with SQL Server Microsoft Mobile Publisher?

September 10, 2018 by

Over the past three years, I read some interesting news about Microsoft which was “Microsoft acquires mobile business intelligence leader Datazen”. This news made me excited because showing Reporting Service reports in mobile devices can be painful and often not effective for end users. After this acquisition, Microsoft developers worked quickly to adapt the Datazen application to SQL Server Reporting Services and this effort culminated in Microsoft SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu

How to handle SSRS multi-value parameter filtering in SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse

August 23, 2018 by

Experienced business intelligence (BI) developers would tell you that as you move from one project to another, some requirements start becoming repetitive like you have dealt with them before. One such repetitive requirement occurs during SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) development wherein a client would request that a report parameter be configured to allow multiple values from a dataset that is populated by stored procedure, as illustrated in Figure 1.

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SQL Server Reporting Service Configuration Manager

June 27, 2018 by

After the native installation of SQL Server Reporting Service, we may need to customize some settings of Report Server. SQL Server Reporting Service provides a tool which is named as such; Report Server Configuration Manager. This tool helps us to customize SQL Server Reporting Service parameters and configurations. With Report Server Configuration Manager, we can change and customize various parameters of SQL Server Reporting Service. We can find the below settings in Report Server Configuration Manager:

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Esat Erkec

How to automatically create KPIs in SQL Server Reporting Services

June 18, 2018 by

Key Performance Indicator (KPI)

A Key Performance Indicator aka KPI is a metric which objectively measures the numeric equivalent of goals or targets of a company, team or an organization. Any individual or a community which has a numerical target can measure success of their goal with key performance indicators.

In all business roles and levels, if you manage a team you most likely have to set at least one key performance indicator and try influence this metric to show a positive result or trend. KPIs should be both logical and achievable. If not, team motivation and morale may decrease as a result of loss of self-confidence. For this reason, we have to be careful and logical when we set key performance indicators. At the same time, we have to check KPIs at regular intervals to determine if they remain valid. We can illustrate a typical KPI life cycle below.

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SQL Server Reporting Service: how to handle common end-user requirements with Report Builder

March 26, 2018 by

In this article, we will discuss the SQL Server Reporting Service Report Builder and look at how to handle common client, end user requests using Report Builder. Report Builder is a very powerful tool to create a report for the SQL Server Reporting Service.

Advantages of the Report Builder is that it:

  • exists as a Stand-alone installation
  • can use different data from a lot of data sources
  • can easily deploy reports to SQL Server Reporting Service
  • supports full capabilities of SQL Server Reporting Service
  • provides a productive report-authoring environment
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Craig Porteous

Top 10 things you must document in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)

February 26, 2018 by

Documentation is never fun. I curse having to do it and I curse the person who didn’t do it. It’s a no-win situation.

Luckily I don’t want to tell you to write long documents for setting up or maintaining Reporting Services or creating reports etc. This is more about the main aspects of SSRS that you should be keeping a backup of or maintaining to make your life (and other people’s lives) easier in future. I’ll keep your typing to a minimum.

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Craig Porteous

Migrating SSRS content with PowerShell

January 29, 2018 by

With a distinct lack of up-to-date, fully featured or built-in options to get Reporting Services content cleanly from A to B, it can often be a challenging task maintaining proper Development and QA environments or even moving reports from a SharePoint integrated installation to a native mode one, and vice versa.

I want to explore the two most efficient methods of bulk-migrating Reporting Services content & also explore other options I’ve used over the years and those that have come and gone.

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Craig Porteous
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What’s New in Reporting Services (SSRS) 2017

July 26, 2017 by

To further the discussion related to Mohamed’s post on Reporting Services 2016 What’s new in SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services (SSRS), I wanted to cover the new features and functionality we see in Reporting Services 2017 as RC1 was released last week SQL Server 2017 Reporting Services Release Candidate now available, separately from SQL Server 2017 which reached RC1 a few days prior.

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Sifiso W. Ndlovu

Top 5 Deprecated Features in Reporting Services 2016

February 17, 2017 by

It’s not often that I write negative articles surrounding SQL Server’s latest release but ever since we upgraded one of our BI boxes to run SQL Server Reporting Services 2016 (SSRS 2016), I have picked up on some frustrations from my team when using the upgraded Report Manager portal due to the unavailability of features that used to exist in versions prior to SSRS 2016. I have since realized that in spite of the many exciting features and improvements introduced in SSRS 2016, there is a downside to this latest version of reporting services that is likely to leave many administrators frustrated.

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Craig Porteous

SSRS Failed Subscription Alerting

February 10, 2017 by

Even now, with SQL Server 2016 SP1 released only a few months ago, it baffles me that there is still no built-in functionality to alert admins or users of failed subscriptions in Reporting Services. We still rely on scripts like the one I’m about to describe or report recipients contacting administrators/helpdesks when their report emails don’t arrive or fail to appear in file shares. This is something that people have had to work around for years. There is some documentation that Microsoft provides to help you get started with monitoring subscriptions from the log files with direction on using PowerShell but it is not by any means a complete solution. (Monitor Reporting Services Subscriptions)

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