Getting Assistance (Reporting Services)

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) is a server-based platform for building reports from relational and multidimensional data sources, publishing reports that can be viewed in various formats, and centrally managing security and subscriptions. The reports that you create can be viewed over a Web-based connection or as part of a Microsoft Windows application or SharePoint site.

Reporting Services includes graphical tools and wizards for creating and publishing reports and report models, report server management tools for administering Reporting Services, and APIs for programming against and extending the Reporting Services object model.

This section provides links to popular help topics and Reporting Services tutorials. For more information about how to find information in SQL Server Books Online, see Using SQL Server Books Online.

In This Section

  • How Do I Find Tutorials
    Find tutorials for many Reporting Services tasks, from creating a simple report to generating RDL programmatically.

  • How Do I find How To Topics
    Find procedural topics for each of the Reporting Services tools and utilities in one location.  

  • How Do I Browse by Job Role
    Find the topics that are most useful to a particular job role. Reporting Services has documentation for information workers, analysts, administrators, and developers. Use these topics as a quick start into the documentation for your job role.

  • Getting Started
    Provides an overview of Reporting Services, describes what's new in this release, and provides initial installation information.

  • Planning and Architecture
    Describes the Reporting Services architecture and provides suggestions for implementing Reporting Services.

  • Development
    Provides information about developing solutions using Reporting Services features, tools and APIs. A Developer's Guide, samples, and information about scripting, ad hoc reporting, and report design are included here.

  • Deployment
    Provides installation information, including upgrade and migration strategies, and interoperability with SharePoint products and technologies. Information about deploying reporting solutions is included also.

  • Operations
    Provides information about administering a Reporting Services deployment, including monitoring and performance guidelines.

  • Security and Protection
    Describes the various security mechanisms for Reporting Services. Information about secure deployment, development, and operations, and how to set up role-based security is included.

  • Troubleshooting
    Provides troubleshooting information and tools.

  • Technical Reference
    Provides reference information about the Reporting Services user interface, tools and utilities, errors and events, Report Definition Language, and APIs.