Tutorial: Creating a Basic Table Report (SSRS)

This tutorial is designed to help you create a basic table report based on the AdventureWorks2008R2 database using Report Designer. You can also use Report Builder or the Report Wizard to create reports. In this tutorial, you will create a report project, set up connection information, define a query, add a Table data region, group and total some fields, and preview the report.


To complete this tutorial, you must be running Reporting Services in native mode. If you are running Reporting Services in SharePoint integrated mode, the steps that use report server URLs do not work. For more information about Reporting Services modes, see Planning a Deployment Mode. For more information about deploying projects, see Deploying Models and Shared Data Sources to a SharePoint Site.


Your system must have the following installed to use this tutorial:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 with the AdventureWorks2008R2 database installed. SQL Server 2008 R2 samples and sample databases must be downloaded and installed before you can view or work with them. For more information, see Considerations for Installing SQL Server Samples and Sample Databases. For more information about support for SQL Server sample databases and sample code for SQL Server Express, see Databases and Samples Overview on the CodePlex Web site.

  • SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services.

  • SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio.


    Business Intelligence (BI) Development Studio is not supported on Itanium-based computers. However, support for BI Development Studio is available for x64-based computers. If the SQL Server sample databases have been deployed on an Itanium-based computer, use BI Development Studio on either an x86-based or x64-based computer to modify and run the samples.

You must also have read-only permissions to retrieve data from the AdventureWorks2008R2 database.