Reporting Services Concepts

This section briefly defines key concepts used in the Reporting Services documentation. For specific definitions of words or terms, see the Glossary.

In This Section

  • Reports and Report Definitions
    Describes the variety of terms used to describe a report in different states, including the initial definition, the published report, and the viewed report as it appears to the user.

  • Types of Reports
    Describes the terminology used for various kinds of reports, including linked reports, snapshots, ad hoc reports, and others.

  • Data Regions
    Describes the types of data regions that can be added to a report layout. The Tablix data region provides a flexible grid for laying out report data in table, matrix, and list formats. The Chart and Gauge data regions provide multiple chart types for displaying data graphically. .

  • Shared Data Sources and Embedded Data Sources
    Describes the ways to define connections to the data sources used in reports, report models, and data-driven subscriptions.

  • Report Models
    Describes the report models that you can create in Reporting Services, and their use as the basis for ad hoc reporting.

  • Shared Schedules and Custom Schedules
    Describes shared schedules and report-specific schedules that are used to control the processing and distribution of reports.

  • Report Server Folder Hierarchy
    Describes the report server folder namespace as a hierarchy that contains predefined and user-defined folders.