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

Course Modality

Instructor-led training

Course Level


Course Time

2 Days

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Course Overview

In this 2-day course, students will continue their learning on the foundations of report writing with Microsoft® SQL Server® Report Builder and SSRS. The focus will be on report writing by connecting to a database and manipulating the data for presentation including: creating table and matrix reports, formatting reports, grouping report data, creating simple and complex expressions, displaying aggregated data, sorting and filtering data, charting data, and preparing reports for printing and exporting. Report Builder 3.0 is available for Microsoft® SQL Server® versions 2014, 2012, and 2008 R2.


  • Before attending this course, students must have:
      • Familiarity with Windows. 
      • Creating and navigating folders. 
      • Opening programs.
      • Manipulating windows. 
      • Copying and pasting objects. 
      • Formatting text. 
      • Saving files.
      • Microsoft® Office Access 2013: Level 1 
        or have equivalent experience with basic 
        database concepts. 

Intended Audience

The primary audience for this course are persons who are new to reporting with Microsoft® SQL Server® Report Builder and SSRS, persons who are transitioning from another reporting software application, and persons who are existing Report Builder and SSRS report authors.
The secondary audience for this course are persons who are using Report Designer (SSRS).
Course participants may be business analysts, programmer analysts, data analysts, database administrators, or IT professionals and may or may not have experience with Microsoft® SQL Server® Report Builder and SSRS, programming (Visual Basic), and/or Transact-Structured Query Language (T-SQL) experience.
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Skill Covered

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Navigate the Report Builder Environment Windows Server 2012.
  • Create table reports 
  • Format reports 
  • Create basic and complex expressions 
  • Create basic and complex expressions
  • Create matrix reports
  • Sort and filter data. 
  • Summarize data with charts.
  • Print and export reports.  

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Course Curriculum

Exploring the Report Builder Environment 

This module introduces the Report Builder application and its features. You will explore the Ribbon and its Tabs, Command groups, and Commands, the available Window panes for creating and manipulating reports, and the report design surface using Design and Run modes.


  • Introducing the Report Builder Environment 
  • Working with Existing Reports 


Lab: Exploring the Report Builder Application 

  • Navigating the Ribbon and Window panes 
  • View Existing Reports in Design and Run modes 
  • Describe and navigate the graphical elements of the

          Report Builder application. 

  • Work with existing reports and navigate between Design and 

          Run modes. 

Adding Data to Table Reports 

This module introduces how to populate a report with data and display that data in a table data region on the report. We will begin with defining the data source and continue with query building through data sets to bring data into the report. Next, we will explore the elements of the tablix data region including rows, columns, cells, handles, and field choosers, you will use in displaying your data.


  • Create Report Data Sources 
  • Create Report Datasets 
  • Work with the Tablix Data Region 
  • Create a Table Report 


Lab:  Creating Table Reports 

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create Queries Using the Report Builder Query Designer 
  • Create Queries Using the Report Builder Query Designer
  • Create Table Relationships Using Query Designer 
  • Create a Table Report Using Multiple Tables 
  • Create report data sources.
  • Create report datasets. 
  • Work with the tablix data region. 
  • Create a table report 

Formatting Data and Creating Expressions in Reports 

This module introduces report formatting techniques which allow a report writer to control how and where data displays in the report. Additional data may also be required and this can be accomplished by adding data from a source or adding a calculated field to the dataset. Simple and complex expressions will also be introduced in this topic.


  • Formatting Reports 
  • Sorting and Filtering Report Data 
  • Adding Data to a Dataset 
  • Creating Simple Expressions 
  • Creating Complex Expression


Lab:  Formatting Reports 

  • Format Tablix Columns
  • Format Data in a Tablix Cell Using Properties 
  • Format Data in a Tablix Cell Using Simple and Complex Expressions
  • Sort Data Using Expressions 
  • Use Simple and Complex Expressions to Display Data in a Tablix
  • Format data in a report using the Report Builder Properties dialog boxes.
  • Add data to a report and make changes to column names in the dataset query
  • Format data in a report using simple and complex expressions
  • Display data in a report using simple and complex expressions.

 Grouping Report Data 

This module introduces data groupings in reports using dataset fields and using expressions. This module also discusses group hierarchies and adding aggregates to summarize grouped data.


  • Group Data in Reports 
  • Group Data Using an Expression 
  • Creating Subgroups and Group Aggregates 


Lab: Creating Reports with Groups and Aggregates 

  • Display Grouped Data in a Report 
  • Create a Group Hierarchy in a Report 
  • Group Data Using a Complex Expression
  • Add Aggregates to Tablix Rows 
  • Configuring a Reference Image 
  • Group data in reports using fields
  • Group data in reports using expressions. 
  • Create group hierarchies. 
  • Aggregate grouped data in a report. 

Matrix Reports 

This module introduces matrix data regions which are used in reports to control how crosstabular data can be used. While table reports rely on rows and columns, matrix reports rely on row groupings, column groupings, and aggregated values.


  • Creating and Modifying Matrix Data Regions 
  • Creating and Modifying Column Groups 


Lab: Creating Matrix Reports 

  • Create Matrix Reports 
  • Create Column Groups 
  • Use Expressions to Sort Group Data 
  • Use Expressions to Display Group Names 
  • Create Matrix Reports with Group Hierarchies
  • Describe the key features of using a matrix in a report. 
  • Create and modify matrix reports. 
  • Define column group hierarchies. 
  • Use expressions to define matrix headings and sort orders. 


This module introduces the ability to create and add charts to reports. Whether through wizard or individual effort, chart reports or charts as report components allow us to visualize data with or without the details.


  • Create and Modify Chart Wizard Reports 
  • Add Charts to Existing Reports 
  • Modify Charts in Reports 


Lab:Creating Charts and Chart Reports 

  • Create a Chart Wizard Report 
  • Add a Chart to an Existing Report 
  • Use Expressions in Charts
  • Use Expressions in Charts 
  • Describe the key features of charts. 
  • Create charts using the Chart Wizard and the Ribbon. 
  • Modify chart data and the formatting of chart elements. 
  • Use expressions in charts. 

 Printing and Exporting Reports 

This module introduces report printing and exporting. Reports can be created for electronic display, paper display, or display in another application. This module covers the basics of those three scenarios


  • Print Features and Print Options 
  • Export Reports


Lab:  Printing and Exporting Reports 

  • Exploring Page Layout view, Report Formatting, and Page Setup Options 
  • Exporting Reports 
  • Describe the key features of electronic reporting vs. print reporting. 
  • Prepare a report for paper printing. 
  • Export reports in supported formats. 


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