The wrox.com code downloads for this chapter are found at www.wiley.com/go/prosql2014admin on the Download Code tab. The code is in the Chapter 22 download and individually named according to the names throughout the chapter.
After reading this chapter, you'll understand why SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is one of the simplest tools in the Microsoft stack to configure. This is because of the easy-to-use SQL Server Configuration Manager and the complete (yet understandable) properties of an SSRS server, accessed through SQL Server Management Studio.
To understand how SSRS works, you must understand how a report is built and executed. Thus, a brief overview of Report Builder (which is a useful way for DBAs to create reports) is in order. Then the real fun begins as you see SSRS in action through the use of Report Manager. Report Manager is a suite of web pages that ships with SSRS. These pages enable users to easily execute their reports and give administrators methods to manage, schedule, and maximize server resources.
SSRS is configured using its ...