Power BI – Accessing SSRS Datasets using a Web Connector

November 10, 2019

Let’s say you have spend a lot of time to build SSRS reports, and you want to re-use these data sets in Power BI.

Well this is possible even if you are running the older version of SSRS.

Even if this report is running in Native or Integrated SharePoint Mode, or is a Parametrized report

The SSRS report server has natively a web service interface, exposing a SOAP and URL Interface.

SOLUTION :

Open Power BI and GET DATA  from the Web Connector

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Fill in your report URL link and add the rs:Format=XML parameter to get an XML output from you report

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If all goes well you will get the Report XML output and see the SSRS TABLIX and FIELDS Smile

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Enjoy !!


SSRS – Multi Select Drop down based on a Query Data Source

October 31, 2019

If you need a Multi Select Drop down box that fills up dynamically…

This is the way to do it.

1. Create a new data set

That holds the query to populate the drop down box.

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Make sure you set the WHERE clause to point to new Multi Select Parameter

2. Create a new Parameter

Set the parameter settings to ALLOW MULTIPLE VALUES 

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And next set the available values to retrieve the data from the above Query

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Next in Advance use these settings

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4. Main ‘DataSet1’ Query selection settings

In the main dataset make sure that you set the WHERE clause :

To point to the parameter using this format IN (@yourparameter)

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IMPORTANT : Notice the brackets around the Parameter name !

If you forget them you will get errors !

5. Result

The result is that your drop down box will populate dynamically,

based on the previous parameter values

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Really cool  Smile

Enjoy !


SSRS – How to export a csv without header and more…

April 24, 2019

1. Create an New EXPORT Device using CSV without HEADERS

By default it exports the HEADER info as well …

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Solution :

Go to the Reporting server config file.

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSRS10_50.MSSQLSERVER\Reporting Services\ReportServer\rsreportserver.config

Make a copy for backup reason and add this to the RENDER section

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<Extension Name="CSV (No Header)" Type="Microsoft.ReportingServices.Rendering.DataRenderer.CsvReport,Microsoft.ReportingServices.DataRendering">
<OverrideNames>
   <Name Language="en-us">CSV No Header</Name>
</OverrideNames>
<Configuration>
   <DeviceInfo>
      <NoHeader>true</NoHeader>
      <FieldDelimiter>|</FieldDelimiter>
      <ExcelMode>False</ExcelMode>
   </DeviceInfo>
</Configuration>
</Extension>

 

Next restart the Reporting Service again and test it …

Connect to the Web Server to see the result.

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2. Ever wanted to create a report where the EXPORT FIELDS would be different from the Report VIEW.

 

Solution :

Go to the field and set the Property DataElementOutput to NoOutput

 

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This makes that these fields will NOT be EXPORTED  Smile

 

3. Print a label on the FOOTER page

 

Solution :

Select a label field you want to have printed on the last page only.

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Enjoy !!


MS SQL–Using SentryOne Plan Explorer

January 27, 2019

SentryOne Plan Explorer :

It is Free see here

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You can download here

Simplify Your SQL Server Query Tuning
Plan Explorer helps you quickly find and fix query problems …

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You can do index Analysis as well

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MS SQL – Install only SSMS to do an Azure Backup

May 9, 2018

If you need to install only the SQL Management Studio these days, you will need to go to maximum SQL 2014 !

In the later versions this is not possible anymore to separately selecting the SSMS

Solution :

Download the version INCLUDING the ADVANCED TOOLS

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42299

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Use this option

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Choose only “Management Tools – Basic and Management Tools – Complete” as shown below:

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And you are ready to rock and roll … Smile

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Tip : When you need to do an SQL Azure Backup to an onside server YOU NEED SSMS a the tool to do so !

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It will save your SQL Backup as *.bacpac file

See here for more info :

https://mikhail.io/2016/10/azure-sql-databases-backups-disaster-recovery-import-export/

Export can also be triggered from Azure Portal and PowerShell scripts or using Command Line Tools :

Data-Tier Application Framework : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=46898

SqlPackage.exe is part of the SSDT : https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssdt/download-sql-server-data-tools-ssdt?view=sql-server-2017

More info : https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh531248(v=vs.103).aspx

Enjoy !


SSRS – SharePoint Lists Default VIEW

March 22, 2018

Once you connect to a SharePoint List you will always get connected to the list using the DEFAULT VIEW.

Which might not be what you want because it can be a FILTERED View. And therefore not showing you all the records you want.

SOLUTION :

1. Go to DataSet –> Query

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2. Apply a Filter

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Strangely enough if you DO NOT Apply a filter in the Query Designer. It will fetch the data using the DEFAULT VIEW set in SharePoint ???

So basically in order to get ALL the DATA, you need to SET a FILTER that covers the whole range in your data set.

Very contradictory approach Confused smile

Enjoy !


SSRS – SharePoint Lists HTML Tags

March 22, 2018

If you are working a lot using SSRS against SharePoint Lists.

You will see that some lists that contain Text are not displayed properly… Sad smile

See Example :

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The first column shows the raw output with all the HTML Tags.

While the second column shows you the proper output you need for the report.

SOLUTION :

1. You first need to add a PLACEHOLDER in the column

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Two times a LEFT click in the field and next a RIGHT click.

2. Secondly put in the field that has the HTML text, and choose HTML as MARKUP TYPE

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Enjoy !