Showing posts with label SQL SERVER Reporting Service. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SQL SERVER Reporting Service. Show all posts

November 20, 2012

Configure SQL Reporting Service, to Access Reports using External IP With IIS 7

Hi All, Recently I come to situation where I need to Configure Reporting services on server having configuration: Window server 2008 and IIS 7. I need to configure reports in manner, so User can access this reports thru External IP Address. I found configuration for IIS 7.0, so user can access reports externally. To able to access the reports externally, do the steps as mentioned below:

1. Create Virtual Directory in IIS 7.0 :

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2. Go to Handler Mappings :

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3. Double Click on "Handler Mapping". You will get screen like the given below:

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4. Now see Top Right Corner: Click On "Add Managed Handler". Here you need to fill up the info like:

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Fill this info as:

Request path: Reserved.ReportViewerWebControl.axd
Type: Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms.HttpHandler
Name: Reserved-ReportViewerWebControl-axd

Thats it. Now try with External IP. You can access the reports with External IP too.

November 21, 2011

SQL SERVER: Develop Reports with RDLC (Asp.Net)

As, I mentioned in my post, Load Reports without SQL SERVER Reporting Service with Asp.Net, we can develop a report without SQL SERVER Reporting Service. That is very simple to do with Microsoft Visual Studio. Please follow the following steps to generate simple report which can be load in browser without SQL SERVER Reporting Service.

We need to follow following steps to generate simple report with RDLC:
1. Create RDLC file.
2. Create Dataset from Report Data Source.
3. Design the Report
4. Runtime pass information to Report Data Source, so report will be generated with Data
Let's create one simple web application with RDLC report.
1. Create RDLC file:
  1. In Solution Explorer, add a new folder and name it as "Reports".
  2. Right click on "Reports", select "Add" and click on" New Items".
  3. Give preferable name to report with extension RDLC and click Add.
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2. Create Dataset from Report Data Source:
  1. Click on "Report Data" tab displayed on left side of the screen and in case, it is not displayed go to "View" menu and click on "Report Data".
  2. Click on "New" and select "Dataset" as displayed in following screenshot:
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    3. If your "Data Source" is listed in options, select it from there, else click on "New".
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     4. If your "Connection" is listed in options, select it from there, else click on "New Connection", to make your connection.

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    5. Once "Connection" is selected, select your Table/View/Stored Procedure/Function, from which you need to build your report and give appropriate name to Dataset:

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    6. Once you have selected DB Object in Dataset, you can find out all the columns that are available in selected dataset as follows:
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     7. Once you have this dataset, you will also find that one XSD file is also created in App_code folder, with the same schema, which is used to provide schema definition to RDLC file

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3. Design the RDLC Report:
                    In Step #2, we have created Dataset with columns that needs to be displayed on the report.  Now its time to use that Dataset and design the report.
You should drag, "Table" from "Toolbox" and assign property "Dataset" created Dataset in Step #2.
  1. RDLC, allows you to design your report with schema that you have selected as DataSet
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4. Runtime pass information to Report Data Source, so report will be generated with Data:
        So far, we have done report designing, now its time to pass actual data to the Report Data Source, so report will be generated with actual Data. To display report on the browser, we have to use "Microsoft Reporting WebForms", which will load the report in the browser with ASPX page. Please follow the steps to pass information to RDLC Report:
  1. Add an "aspx" page in the solution.
  2. We have to use "Report Viewer" control on that page, in which our Report will be displayed
  3. We also need to add few lines of code, to dynamically pass the information (actual data) to the Report Data Source as follows:
using System;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.Common;
using System.Web.UI;
using Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Data;
using Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Data.Sql;
using Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Data;
using DataAccessLayer;
 
public partial class Reports_ProjectDetail : System.Web.UI.Page
{
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        if (!Page.IsPostBack)
        {
          
               string connectionString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["PISConnectionString"].ConnectionString;
               Database db = new SqlDatabase(connectionString);
               DbCommand command = db.GetStoredProcCommand("ReportProjectDetail");
        DataSet dataset = db.ExecuteDataSet(command);
               ReportDataSource datasource = new ReportDataSource("DataSet1", Dataset.Tables[0]);
        ReportViewer1.LocalReport.DataSources.Clear();
        ReportViewer1.LocalReport.DataSources.Add(datasource);
        ReportViewer1.LocalReport.Refresh();
        ReportViewer1.Visible = true;      
 }
    }
 
   
}










Let me explain how it works:

1. On Page load, we call one stored procedure to get data from database. Here I have used Microsoft Application block to connect to database and get the information
2. Once, we have the data in DataSet, we have created new "Report Data Source" with the SAME name: "Dataset1" and assign result table as per #1 and assign it to ReportViewer
3. And at last we refresh ReportViewer to display the information as per Datasource provided.

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This report is ready and you can export it in  Excel, PDF, Word etc. This example is developed in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Let me know your comments and difficulties, if any

Reference: Tejas Shah (www.SQLYoga.com)

September 13, 2011

SQL SERVER: Load Reports without SQL SERVER Reporting Service with Asp.Net

Recently, we have weekly meetings with my team and one of developer is come up with question that, "Can we use Reports without having SQL SERVER Report Services?". That is very good question that came up by him, as he says client does not want to have SQL SERVER Reporting Services. Client SQL SERVER is hosted at Shared Hosting and does not want to extra pay to use SQL SERVER Reporting Service.


Answer of his question is, YES. We can have reports without using SQL SERVER Reporting Service with same layout.


Microsoft Visual Studio is providing file called "RDLC" file, by which we can develop report in Microsoft Visual Studio and that Report doesn't need to deploy on Report server and will be called from Asp.Net application itself. By RDLC, it is very simple to load report in browser. We are out of issue to deploy reports on the Report Server and execute it from there. RDLC file remains there with project files.


In the Next post, I will explain in details to configure RDLC report with ASP.Net

April 25, 2011

SSRS: Configure User Authentication with ReportCredentials

Many times I found that the Reporting service is configured to access as "Anonymous Access", so any user having URL can access reports from external world. Ideally it should be access by only users/application. For that SQL SERVER Reporting service should not be  accessed by "Anonymous Access". It also prevents Report server from unauthorized access.

NOTE: In shared hosting, Hosting provider provides username/password and only those users can get access to the reports for that specific user.

Today, I am going to explain to how to send user credentials from Report application, so Reporting service can authenticate user and allow to get reports. Only users having correct credentials can access the reports from the server. We are going to configure application to send credentials, so application can get access to the reports.

To configure application to get access reports from Shared hosting/Domain, we need to do following:

1. Get credentials from shared hosting/Domain controller to access the reports

2. Configure Application to Authenticate (.Net)

1. Get credentials:

Whenever we need to deploy/access report from the Report Server, we should have following information:

  • Report Server URL
  • UserName/Password to access the reports

This information will be provided by Shared hosting provider/Domain controller. Information like:

To check this information, Type Report URL in browser. It will ask for Username and password (if anonymous access is disabled). Enter given credentials, if Credentials are correct then Reporting service allow you to access the URL.

2. Configure Application to Authenticate (.Net)

As we get Basic information in step #1, now we need to build application that pass credentials to the Report server, so Report server authenticate the request and allow application to access the reports.

To authenticate request to Report server we need to implement IReportServerCredentials to send Report Credential to Report Server.

  • Create a class to implement IReportServerCredentials

SSRS ReportCredentials (2)

Please find VB code here:

Public Class ReportCredentials
Implements Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms.IReportServerCredentials

Private _userName As String, _password As String, _domain As String

Public Sub New(ByVal userName As String, ByVal password As String, ByVal domain As String)
_userName = userName
_password = password
_domain = domain
End Sub
Public ReadOnly Property ImpersonationUser() As System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity _
Implements Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms.IReportServerCredentials.ImpersonationUser
Get
Return Nothing
End Get
End Property

Public ReadOnly Property NetworkCredentials() As System.Net.ICredentials _
Implements Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms.IReportServerCredentials.NetworkCredentials
Get
Return New System.Net.NetworkCredential(_userName, _password, _domain)
End Get
End Property

Public Function GetFormsCredentials(ByRef authCoki As System.Net.Cookie,
ByRef userName As String,
ByRef password As String, _
ByRef authority As String) As Boolean _
Implements Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms.IReportServerCredentials.GetFormsCredentials
userName = _userName
password = _password
authority = _domain
authCoki = New System.Net.Cookie(".ASPXAUTH", ".ASPXAUTH", "/", "Domain")

Return True
End Function

End Class


Now we have created "ReportCredentials" class, now we need to use this class object to send credential info via Report Viewer Control as follows:

SSRS ReportCredentials 2

Please find VB code here:


Imports Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms

Partial Class Report
Inherits System.Web.UI.Page

Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) _
Handles Me.Load

If Not IsPostBack Then
Dim ReportServerUrl As String = "https:///ReportServer"
Dim ReportDataSourceName As String = "/My Reports/"
With Me.ReportViewer
.ProcessingMode = Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms.ProcessingMode.Remote
With .ServerReport
.ReportServerUrl = New Uri(ReportServerUrl)
.ReportPath = ReportDataSourceName + "ReportName"
.ReportServerCredentials = New _
ReportCredentials("Domain", "UserName", "Password")
.Refresh()
End With
End With
Page.Title = "Reports - " + Request.Params("Report")
If Request.Params("HideOptions") = 1 Then
ReportViewer.ShowParameterPrompts = False
End If
End If
End Sub
End Class

That's it, now you can access your reports deployed at Shared Hosting/Domain from application,
Report server allows to access if credentials are correct.

Let me know if you have any question/problem in deploying/accessing reports from Shared Hosting/Domain.

April 19, 2011

SSRS: Introduction to SQL SERVER Reporting Services

Report is a better presentation of data. From report user/Management can easily analyze the information. Report is easy to explain such information like Sales graph, profitability etc..

SQL SERVER provides rich kind of report that can be easily generated from SQL SERVER and send it to user/management in different formats like Excel, word, HTML etc..SSRS (SQL SERVER Reporting Services) also supports CHARTS which is very useful when we need to develop reports for Management.

To start with report, We can see how to create a report with SSRS. We will learn this by following steps:

1. Create Report.
2. Deploy Report on server
3. Use Report from application (Asp. Net)

1. Create a Report

  • Open Visual Studio and select "Report Server Project"

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  • Check Solution Explorer (Right Side) and click on "Add New Report"

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  • Select Data Source. Enter information to connect with database and click on "Next"

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  • Build query which returns data to be displayed on the report.

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  • Select Report Format. For simple report we select "Tabular" format

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  • Select which are the columns that needs to be displayed on the report. User can also select columns if report needs to make GROUP BY

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    For Sample report, I have selected only some of columns that should be displayed on Report.

  • Select Table style

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  • Enter Report name, "Sample Report"

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    It displays summary info we have selected so far.

    And that's it.

    We are ready with the report now.

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    Preview Tab, we can preview report

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    So, report is done. Now we need to deploy this report on server, so user can use it from server.

2. Deploy Report to Report Server:

    To deploy report on Report server, we need to have Report server information like Report Server URL, Credentials to connect to Report Server. Today we will just deploy report to Local Report server, I will explain in another post to How to deploy report to the server which requires credentials.

  • Click on Report Project and open Properties:

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    Here we need to enter Report server information where we need to deploy this report and from where application/user can get this report.

    • Make OverwriteDataSources : True
    • TargetReportFolder : "My Reports" (given by hosting provider/Remote computer)
    • Target Server URL: <Report URL>(Report Server URL)

    Now we are done with server information and we need to deploy report.

  • Once properties are set, we need to deploy report on server, right click on report file and click on "Deploy"

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    Now report is deployed on the server. We can check that report is on server or not by:

    1. Go to your browser (IE, FF, Chrome etc.)

    2. Enter URL: Go to Report Server URL (http://<IP/domain>/ReportServer

    3. It will display page like:

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    4. Click on "My Reports"

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    Hurray, we can find our reports here on the server.

    Now, report is deployed on the server, now we need to build application from where we need to use this report


3. Use Report from application (Asp.Net)

  • To use this report from Web application, we need to create "New Website" OR you can use existing website if you have.

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    Now, in the application, we need to create one ASPX page where we need to use ReportViewer control as follows:

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    Microsoft provides this control to load reports in web/desktop application. Now we need to write a code in this page, so Report Viewer control can load report on this page.

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This is simple code, which tells Report Viewer control to load report. Let me explain each line.

1. ReportServerUrl and ReportDataSourceName are set up with server information.

2. Then we need to setup "ReportName", it tells report viewer control to load that report from Report server.

     .ReportPath = ReportDataSourceName + "ReportName"

    NOTE: "ReportName", will be actual report name

3. And we also need to setup Report Credentials, so "Report server" can allow our application to access this report.

That's it.

Now run application and you can find that you can access "Reports" in application.