If you’re like me, I’m always a bit apprehensive when venturing into projects involving new platforms or applications. And that’s because I know there’s going to be a learning curve – with my luck it’ll be a steep one!
That’s not to say that I’m not up for the challenge. But when there’s so many projects and with so little time – you want to make the most of your valuable time. For me, when I take on something new, I want to make sure it’s worth the time and effort.
Learning SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) was definitely time well spent. And I now use it as my primary reporting application.
I’m sure you know all the benefits of SSRS. If you don’t, just google it. And in case you don’t know – SSRS is free if you own SQL Server (2005 or greater). There’s no shortage of resources on the internet that can get you started.
Here are 2 posts in particular to help you with your 1st step:
How to Install SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
This post shows you (with screenshots) how to quickly get SSRS up and running in your environment. It also has additional links to guide through additional settings.
SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 Tutorial in 5 Minutes or “How to send my boss a report from a view quickly”
Once you have SSRS up and running, refer to this post to see how easy it is to create a report and distribute it.