Running SSRS reports in Visual Studio made easy!
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can be intimidating, especially for those new to working with the tool. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be complicated. In this article, we will guide you through seven simple steps to run your SSRS reports in Visual Studio.
Understanding SSRS and Visual Studio
First, let’s quickly define what SSRS and Visual Studio are. SSRS is a robust reporting tool that enables users to create, manage and deliver reports across an organization. On the other hand, Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) that developers use to create, debug and deploy applications. These tools work seamlessly together, making it easy to create, test, and deploy reports.
Step-by-step guide to running SSRS reports in Visual Studio
Step 1: Open Visual Studio
To begin, click on the Start menu button, and search for Visual Studio. Once found, double-click on the program to open it.
Step 2: Create a new SSRS report project
Click on File > New Project, and select ‘Reporting Services’ under the Installed Templates section. There are two options: ‘Report Server Project’ and ‘Report Server Project Wizard.’ Choose the right option depending on your project requirements.
Step 3: Add a new report to the project
Right-click on the project name in the Solution Explorer and select ‘Add New Item.’ Choose ‘Report’ from the list of templates and give it a name, then click ‘Add’ to create the report.
Step 4: Design the report
Visual Studio launches the Report Designer. This is where you can design your report to your specifications. Add data sources, select the fields to include in the report, and lay out the report.
Step 5: Build the report
Once you are satisfied with the report, it’s time to build it. Right-click on the report in the Solution Explorer and select ‘Build’. This generates the necessary XML files required to run the report.
Step 6: Preview the report
To preview the report, click on the ‘Preview’ button in the Report Designer toolbar. This launches a preview of the report within Visual Studio.
Step 7: Deploy the report
Finally, it’s time to deploy the report to the Report Server. Right-click on the project name in the Solution Explorer and select ‘Deploy’. This publishes the report to the Report Server, making it accessible for users to view.
By following these seven simple steps, you can create, test, and deploy reports in no time. Remember to pay attention to every step, and if you come across any issues, consult the Visual Studio documentation or seek help from the online community. Happy reporting!