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 !!

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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 !


MS SQL – Query & Reporting Tools

November 11, 2017

Getting data out of a Database hasn’t been easier these days. Giving all the tools you have at your disposal…

Giving the fact that all the fuss about BI and Cloud Storage, Big Data etc. We seem to loose feeling with all the o

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Here are a few examples we can use for simple and complex query and reporting purposes.

1. Query using the MS SQL SSMS

It’s obvious that SQL SSMS offers all the functionality you need to get the data out of the database.

This example shows a combination of Common Table Expression (CTE) Query combined with the PIVOT function, to generate you dataset.

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2. Using PowerShell – Query

Re-using this quite complex Query using Scripting language is quite Powerful.

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3. Excel – Query

Using Excel combined with MS Query we can re-use the same Query

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4. Access – Pass-Through Query

Re-using the complex query using MS Access in a Pass-Through Query Statement.

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5. MS SQL Reporting Services

Re-using the complex query using MS SQL Reporting Services & Report Builder

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6. MS PowerPivot – Excel Addin

Re-using the complex query using MS Power Pivot – Addin

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7. MS Power BI

Re-using the complex query using MS Power BI

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This is not a limit list of tools you have a hand. There many more which you might overlook …

QlikView Client

MS Power Query

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For getting data out of a database you need to the proper tools, but this is not a constraint at the moment.

What is, is being able to manage all these different applications and technologies.

Bottom-line is that one you spend efforts in getting your queries right you can re-use them most any tool that comes around Smile


MS SQL – SSRS HTTP Error 500

April 15, 2016

Recently we got an MS SQL SSRS – HTTP Error 500.

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The Reporting services was working just fine the day before?

EventViewer ID’s. you see the message that there is a security issue on the RSTempFiles folder.

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Message: The current identity (NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE) does not have write access to ‘C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSRS10_50.SIGMA\Reporting Services\RSTempFiles\’.

REASON :

The main reason is that before the SSRS server was a local server in the Domain.

Afterwards we promote the server to a Domain Controller.

As you can see on the RSTempFiles folder Security, you see that the local account SYSTEM account has become obsolete.

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SOLUTION :

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Next add the new Domain AD Account to grant access to the Reporting Folders.

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