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Run SSRS with SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio

What needs to be installed to run SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)? Get the scoop on Visual Studio and SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio.

Assuming I have SQL Server, what else do I need to run the report designer for Reporting Services and the Business Intelligence Analyzer? It sounds like the Visual Studio environment hosts these tools, but what version of Visual Studio is required: Express, Standard or Professional? In other words, what do I need to buy after SQL Server to design reports for SQL Server Reporting Services?
All you need to create reports for SSRS is the SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS), which is basically Visual Studio with only the SQL Server components installed. The good news is that BIDS comes with most versions of SQL Server. If you have the client tools installed you will have BIDS.

 

This was last published in October 2007

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