Report Authoring Concepts (Report Builder and SSRS)

This section briefly defines some key concepts used to describe paginated reports in the Report Builder and Report Designer documentation. For definitions of specific words or terms, see the Glossary (Report Builder).


You can create and modify paginated report definition (.rdl) files in Report Builder and in Report Designer in SQL Server Data Tools. Each authoring environment provides different ways to create, open, and save reports and related items.

In This Section

Reports, Report Parts, and Report Definitions (Report Builder and SSRS)
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.

Embedded and Shared Datasets (Report Builder and SSRS)
Explains the differences in creating, storing, and managing embedded and shared datasets.

Data Regions and Maps (Report Builder and SSRS)
Describes the types of data regions that can be added to a report layout. Data regions determine the appearance of a report: tabular, matrix, list, or chart.

Report Parameters Concept (Report Builder and SSRS)
Describes the ways to define and use report parameters, and how they are independently managed from the report definition on the report server.

See Also

Report Builder in SQL Server 2016