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Writing Reports with Report Builder and SSRS Level 2

Course Details
Code: 55128
Tuition (USD): $1,090.00 $981.00 • Classroom (2 days)

In this 2-day course, students will continue their learning on the foundations of report writing and data analysis with Microsoft SQL Server Report Builder and SSRS.
Troubleshooting reports, creating parameter reports, creating custom reports, adding complex expressions to analyze data, adding images and subreports to reports, adding drilldowns and using drillthrough behaviors to analyze data, add sparklines, data bars, and indicators to reports.
Report Builder is available for all supported versions of Microsoft SQL Server and this course can be used against all of them.

Skills Gained

  • Incorporate the use of single valued parameters, multi-valued parameters, range parameters, and cascading parameters in a report
  • Add default values for parameters
  • Create a list of available values for a parameter
  • Create date range parameters
  • Troubleshoot failing parameter reports
  • Create free-form reports with rectangles
  • Use master-detail data with report objects
  • Troubleshoot and resolve master-detail data errors in reports
  • Use conditional formatting to enhance data presentation
  • Define and implement running values
  • Create TOP N reports
  • Format reports for presentation and analysis
  • Troubleshoot and resolve failing TOP N filters and reports
  • Use a Visual Basic procedure in a report
  • Use images to enhance reports and display images stored in databases
  • Use advanced report formatting techniques
  • Understand composite reports which use different page layouts
  • Incorporate the use of cascading parameters in reports
  • Use mini-charts and mini-gauges in reports
  • Use mini-gauges to create a scorecard
  • Troubleshoot and resolve failing features of a mini-chart report

Who Can Benefit

This course is intended for experienced Report Builder and SSRS report writers who are business analysts, programmer analysts, data analysts, developers, database administrators, and IT professionals.


  • Course 55123: Writing Reports with Report Builder and SSRS Level 1

Course Details


Module 1: Parameter Reports
This module reviews dynamic reporting through the use of parameters. Parameters allow the report writer the ability to provide self-service reporting wherein the report audience can choose the data to view (e.g., geographic, departmental, range of values, et al). Parameters can be defined and implemented at the Dataset level, the Report level, or both, depending on the report writers actions.

  • Parameterized reporting
  • Creating and Modifying Parameters
  • Creating Default Values and Available Values for Parameters

Lab 1: Parameterized Reports
  • Create a Report which uses a Single-Value Parameter
  • Create a Report which uses a Multi-Value Parameter
  • Create a Report which provides a List of Available Parameter Values to Choose From
  • Create a Report with using Multiple Parameters, Default Parameter Date Range Values, and Available Values
  • Troubleshoot Failing Parameter Reports which use Multiple Parameters, Default Parameter Values, and Available Parameter Values
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the key benefits and features of parameters.
  • Create parameterized queries and parameterized reports.
  • Create parameters which accept single values, multiple values, and a list of available values.
  • Understand and use multiple parameters, range parameters, default, cascading, and available parameter values.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve failing parameter reports.

Module 2: Creating Custom Reports with Rectangles and Master-Detail Data
This module introduces the rectangle. Rectangles allow total design control over the report and it is a key feature of the list data region. While table and matrix reports bind you to a table or crosstabular data presentation, this free-form feature affords the report writer the ability to customize the report to their preference, standard, or reporting requirement. Rectangles allow the nesting of data, which is data in a master-detail data configuration.
  • Introducing Rectangles and Lists
  • Create Reports using Rectangles and List Data Regions
  • Modify Reports which use Rectangles and List Data Regions

Lab 1: Create Custom Reports using Lists, Master-Detail Data, and Rectangles
  • Create a Report with Rectangles, Lists, Tables, and Master-Detail Data
  • Create an Invoice Report with a Rectangles, Lists, Tables, and Text Boxes
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the benefit of rectangles and lists in reporting scenarios.
  • Create reports with lists which use master-detail data design elements.
  • Create custom reports using rectangles, lists, tables, and text boxes.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve master-detail data errors in reports.

Module 3: Enhancing Reports with Formatting and Complex Expressions
This module introduces several new report formatting techniques which allow the report writer better control over data displayed in the report.
  • Enhancing Report Appearance
  • Using Running Values to Provide Totals and Subtotals
  • Creating and Using Top N Reports

Lab 1: Enhancing Reports with Complex Expressions
  • Analyze Report Data with Conditional Formatting
  • Use Complex Expressions in Charts
  • Calculate a Running Value
  • Create TOP N Reports
  • Format a Table with Alternate Row Shading
  • Matrix Report Alternate Row Shading with Visual Basic
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Enhance reports and data presentation by adding conditional formatting.
  • Elevate chart data presentation with complex expressions.
  • Incorporate running values at the group and dataset to calculate KPIs and other metrics.
  • Create reports which display best in class data and information to the audience.
  • Use alternate row banding in table and matrix reports to improve readability of the report.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve failing TOP N filters and reports.

Module 4: Enhance Reports with Images and Subreports
In this module, students will add images and reports (subreports) to reports. Subreports require report hosting through SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and students will be introduced to this feature in this module. Image access and availability can also be controlled through SSRS feature sets.
  • Adding Images to Reports
  • Retrieving Images from a Database
  • Introducing SQL Server Reporting Services Report Manager
  • Adding Subreports to Reports

Lab 1: Working with Images and Subreports
  • Enhancing an Existing Report with Images
  • Adding Subreports to a Report
  • Adding Parameterized Subreports to Reports
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the available options for adding images to reports.
  • Add images to reports.
  • Describe features of SSRS Report Manager.
  • Create shared data sources in SSRS.
  • Add subreports and parameterized subreports to reports.

Module 5: Drilldown and Drillthrough Reports
This module explains how to add drilldowns to your report to allow your audience the ability to uncover layers of detail about your summarized content. SSRS provides two ways to accomplish this feature set: drilldowns and drillthroughs. Drilldown data is stored in the same report and revelaled or hidden based on interactions with the report viewer. Drillthrough data is stored in a different report and is displayed as a linked report. The drillthrough report can be parameterized or unparameterized.
  • Drilldowns
  • Drillthroughs

Lab 1: Summarize Data with Drilldowns and Drillthroughs
  • Adding Drilldowns to Control Report Detail
  • Add Drilldown Behavior to a Group
  • Add Drilldown Behavior to a Group Hierarchy
  • Analyze Data using Drillthrough Behaviors in a Report
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the key features of drilldowns and dillthroughs.
  • Add drilldowns to reports.
  • Add drillthroughs to reports.
  • Add parameterized drillthroughs to reports.

Module 6: Inline Data Analysis with Mini-charts and Mini-Gauges
This module introduces the use of mini-charts and mini-gauges in report writing. These mini features allow graphical reporting at the row-level when incorporating them in table, matrix, and list data regions in the report design. These graphical tools will analyze data from the row or collection of rows. These mini-charts and mini-gauges are essential when creating dashboards, key performance indicators, and scorecards.
  • Mini-Charting with Graphs of Data
  • Mini-Charting with Bars of Data
  • Mini-Gauging with Scorecards

Lab 1: Analyze Data with Mini-Charts and Mini-Gauges
  • Analyze Data with Indicators and Data Bars
  • Analyze Data with Sparklines
  • Use Indicators to Analyze Data with a Scorecard
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the key features of using mini-charts and mini-gauges in reports.
  • Analyze data with mini-charts and mini-gauges.
  • Create scorecards using mini-gauges.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve a failing mini-chart report to determine when this feature is not available.
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