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MS55119 - SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services (MS55119)

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  • Certifications
  • Prerequisites
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  • Content
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Course Overview

Duration : 3 Days

This three-day instructor-led is intended for information workers and database professionals who are interested in expanding their knowledge about SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services. During this course, attendees will learn how to Report Designer in SSDT and Report Builder, work with solutions and projects, design basic reports, enhance reports with formatting and images, effectively group and summarize data, work with parameterized reports, incorporate charts and custom maps, and work with drill-through reports, and manage reports.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for information workers and database professionals who have a general familiarity with databases prior to the class. Working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Office applications is beneficial.

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


  • A general familiarity with databases prior to the class.

  • Additionally, working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Office applications is beneficial.

Course Objectives

At course completion

  • Work with solutions and projects.

  • Design basic reports.

  • Work with table, matrix, and list report items.

  • Enhance reports with formatting and images.

  • Effectively group and summarize data.

  • Work with parameterized reports.

  • Incorporate charts and custom maps.

  • Work with drill-through reports.

  • Manage reports.

  • Utilize Report Builder.


Course Content

Module 1 : SSRS Overview and Tools

This module provides an introduction to the topic covered in the class , introduces Reporting Services features , the tools available with SQL Server 2012 , and introduces students to SQL Server documentation


  • Reporting Services Features
  • Tools available with SQL Server 2012
  • SQL Server Documentation
  • Understand Reporting Services Features 
  • Indentify the SQL Server 2012 Tools
  • Find and Use SQL Server Documentation 


Module 2 : Working with Solutions and Projects

This module covers working with solutions and projects withing Visual Studio 


  • Working with SQL Server Data Tools
  • Understanding Solutions and Projects 
  • Working with the Visual Studio Interface

Lab : Working with Solutions and Projects ( Optional )

  • Work with SQL Server Data Tools
  • Understand solutions and projects 
  • Work with the Visual Studio interface


Module 3 : Creating Basic Reports

This module covers building reports from start to finish , and tips and tricks for successful reporting building.


  • What is a Data Source ?
  • What is a DataSet ?
  • Using the Report Wizard
  • What is Tablix ?
  • Creating a Tabular Report
  • Creating a List Report 
  • What is a Matrix ?
  • Deploying a Project 

Lab : Creating Basic Reports 

  • Understand the differences between shared and embedded data sources and datasets
  • Create shared and embedded data sources and datasets
  • Use the Report Wizard to build basic reports
  • Create a basic matrix report from a shared dataset


Module 4 : Formatting Reports


  • Working with Text Boxes
  • Rich Text Formatting
  • Managing Text Boxes Drawing Lines and Boxes
  • Images Page Headers and Footers 
  • Adding a Document Map
  • Rendering Reports

Lab : Formatting Reports

  • Format data to enhance a report 
  • Add images to a report 
  • Work with page headers and foorts


Module 5 : Custom Experessions

This module covers expressions and how to use them to set dynamically changing properties or values


  • Understanding Expressions
  • Defining Expressions
  • Working with Report Variables
  • Understanding Lookup , LookupSet , and Multilookup Functions
  • Expression Samples

Lab : Custom Expressions 

  • Use expressions to work with custom formulas 
  • Use the expressions to changethe way data is displayed in report
  • Use expressions to incorporate data from more than one dataset


Module 6 : Summarizing and Sorting 

SQL Server Reporting Services ( SSRS ) offers grouping features to allow you to summarized data and then drill down into the details below the summary levels.This module willl explain how to create and manage these groupings


  • Creating Groups
  • Parent/Child vs Adjacent groupings
  • Adding Totals and Aggregations
  • Creating Aggregates of Agregates

Lab : Summarizing and Sorting

  • Add both row and column parent groups to an existing report
  • Aggreate data for summary reports
  • Create reports using adjacent groups in a matrix
  • Work with group properties


Module 7 ; Add flexibility with Parameters

Parameterized reports allow users to customize reports to show only the data they are interested in . This module covers the use parameters and filters.


  • Adding Parameter to a Report
  • Report Parameters VS Query Parameters
  • Manage Report Parameter Properities
  • Use Parameters with SQL Queries and Stored Procedures 
  • Work with Cascading Parameters
  • Sort Based on a Parameter Setting
  • Filtered Reports

Lab : Add Flexibility with Parameters

  • Customize report data with both query and report parameters
  • Use parameters to define interactive sort and visibility options
  • Add filters to a dataset


Module 8 : Enhanced Report Items

This module explores the different ways data can be enhanced visually in a report 


  • Charts
  • Gauges
  • Add a Map to a Report
  • Data Bar , Indicator , and Sparkline Report Items
  • Nesting Data Regions
  • Sub-reports and Drill trhough Reports
  • Working with Drill-through Reports

Lab : Enhanced Report Items

  • Use lessons up to this point to create a complete colution
  • Choose between data visualization opitons
  • Add data visualization items to an existing report
  • Add a drill-thrugh report send parameters to the drill-through report


Module 9 : Using Report Manager 

This module provides details on how to run and manage reports using Report Manager.


  • Deployment 
  • Navigating Report Manager 
  • Understanding Permissions
  • Viewing Reports 
  • Working with Shared Data Sources
  • Managing Reports

Lab : Using Report Manager

  • Create and deploy a project by using SSDT
  • Work with Report Manager to view and manage reports
  • Create a linked report 
  • Add report snapshots by using Report Manager


Module 10 : Using Report Builder for SQL Server 2012 

This module covers the use of Reporting Builders to apply lessons learned in previous mdoules 


  • ClickOne vs Stand-alone
  • Installing the Stand-alone Version
  • Using the Report Builder Tool
  • Creating Datasets
  • Creating Reports
  • Creating Reports Using Wizards 
  • Creating Reports without a Wizard
  • Opening Existing Reports
  • Working with Reports Parts

Lab : Using Report Builder for SQL Server 2012

  • Implement basic features from previous modules in Report Builder
  • Add data visualization items to a report using Report Builder

Course ID: MS55119

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