SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)

Samuel Chmiel - Dataedo Team Samuel Chmiel 25th April, 2023

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a server-based reporting platform that enables the creation, management, and delivery of a wide range of reports to different audiences. SSRS allows users to create interactive, tabular, graphical, or free-form reports from various data sources, including SQL Server databases, Analysis Services, and other relational or multidimensional data sources.

Cataloging and documenting SSRS

Report catalog

Dataedo imports and catalogs reports from SSRS:

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Datasets

Dataedo imports and catalogs datasets with their queries from SSRS:

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Data Lineage

Dataedo will identify and create data lineage on an column level from Dataset to Report always for embedded and shared dataset. Lineage from Datasources to Dataset will be created if:

  • Datasource is SQL Server/Azure SQL/Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Parsing of SQL query in dataset succeeds

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Connection requirements

To connect to an SSRS server, you need access to the ReportService2010.asmx web service (usually located at https://your_ssrs_server_address/ReportServer/ReportService2010.asmx).

Required privileges:

  • at least the Browser Role on the SSRS Home folder
  • at least the Browser Role and the Content Manager Role on Reports and Datasets

Connecting to SSRS

SSRS Server webservice URL

To get Report Server URL and Web Portal URL you can check them in Report Server Configuration Manager

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Connecting in Dataedo

To connect to SSRS create new documentation by clicking Add documentation and choosing New connection.

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On the connection screen choose SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) (beta).

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Provide connection details

  • Report Server Web Service URL - provide an address where ReportService2010.asmx webservice is located. E.g. https://your_ssrs_server_address/ReportServer.
  • Web Portal URL - optionally provide an address of SSRS web portal. If you don't fill it and the address is other than https://your_ssrs_server_address/Reports report urls in Dataedo will not work.
  • Authentication - choose Windows Authentication or Standard Authentication
  • User abd password - if you chose Standard Authentication provide your username and password

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Saving password

You can save password for later connections by checking Save password option. Passwords are saved in the repository database.

Importing objects

When connection was successful Dataedo will read objects and show a list of objects found. You can choose which objects to import. You can also use advanced filter to narrow down list of objects.

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Confirm list of objects to import by clicking Next.

Next screen with allow you to change default name of the documentation under with your schema will be visible in Dataedo repository.

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Click Import to start the import.

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When done close import window with Finish button.

Your SSRS has been imported to new documentation in the repository.

Importing changes

To sync any changes in the schema in SSRS and reimport any technical metadata simply choose Import changes option. You will be asked to connect to SSRS again and changes will be synced from the source.

Scheduling imports

You can also schedule metadata updates using command line files. To do it, after creating documentation use Save update command option. Downloaded file can be run in command line, what will reimport changes to your documentation.

Specification

Supported versions

From 2008 R2 to 2022

Imported metadata

Imported Editable
Datasets
  Dataset Description
  Script
  Columns
  Datatypes
   Nullability
   Column comments
Reports
  Report Description
  Script
  Columns
  Datatypes
   Nullability
   Column comments

Supported features

Feature Imported
Import comments
Write comments back
Data profiling
Reference data (import lookups)
Importing from DDL
Generating DDL
FK relationship tester

Comments

Dataedo reads comments from following Redash objects:

Object Read Write back
Dataset comments
Report comments

Data Lineage

Source Method
Datasets - object level From SQL Parsing
Datasets - column level From SQL Parsing
Reports - object level From XML Parsing
Reports - column level From XML Parsing
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