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Learn Report Builder 2016: A Step-by-Step Guide


Download Report Builder 2016: A Guide for Beginners




If you want to create professional-looking reports for SQL Server Reporting Services or Power BI Report Server, you need a powerful and easy-to-use tool. That's where Report Builder 2016 comes in. In this article, you will learn what Report Builder 2016 is, how to download and install it, and how to use it to create stunning reports.




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What is Report Builder 2016?




Report Builder 2016 is a stand-alone app for authoring paginated reports, which are reports that display data in a fixed layout across multiple pages. You can use Report Builder 2016 to create reports that include charts, maps, sparklines, data bars, tables, matrices, gauges, indicators, and more. You can also use Report Builder 2016 to create shared datasets that can be used by multiple reports.


Features and benefits of Report Builder 2016




Some of the features and benefits of Report Builder 2016 are:


  • It provides a productive and intuitive report-authoring environment for IT professionals and power users.



  • It supports a wide range of data sources, such as relational databases, multidimensional databases, web services, XML files, and more.



  • It allows you to create reports with rich formatting, interactivity, expressions, parameters, filters, sorting, grouping, aggregations, and more.



  • It enables you to create reports that can be viewed in various formats, such as HTML, PDF, Excel, Word, and more.



  • It integrates with SQL Server Reporting Services and Power BI Report Server, which provide secure and scalable report delivery and management.



System requirements for Report Builder 2016




Before you download and install Report Builder 2016, make sure your computer meets the following system requirements:


  • Operating system: Windows 7 or later



  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster



  • Memory: 512 MB or more



  • Disk space: 100 MB or more



  • Display: 1024 x 768 or higher resolution



  • Internet connection: Required for downloading Report Builder 2016 and accessing data sources



How to download and install Report Builder 2016




There are different ways to download and install Report Builder 2016. You can choose the method that suits your needs best. Here are some of the options:


Download from the Microsoft Download Center




The easiest way to download Report Builder 2016 is from the Microsoft Download Center. Follow these steps:


  • On the Report Builder page of the Microsoft Download Center , click Download.



  • After Report Builder has finished downloading, click Run. This launches the SQL Server Report Builder Wizard.



  • Accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.



  • On the Default Target Server page, optionally provide the URL to the target report server if it is different from the default. Click Next.



  • On the Ready to Install page, click Install. The installation process begins.



  • When the installation is complete, click Finish. You can now launch Report Builder 2016 from your Start menu or desktop shortcut.



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  • Open a web browser and navigate to the URL of the web portal of the report server. For example, http://servername/reports.



  • On the web portal home page, click the Download Report Builder button. This downloads Report Builder 2016 to your computer.



  • After Report Builder has finished downloading, click Run. This launches the SQL Server Report Builder Wizard.



  • Accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.



  • On the Default Target Server page, the URL to the target report server is automatically filled in. Click Next.



  • On the Ready to Install page, click Install. The installation process begins.



  • When the installation is complete, click Finish. You can now launch Report Builder 2016 from your Start menu or desktop shortcut.



Download from a share or the command line




If you have access to a network share or a command line where Report Builder 2016 is available, you can download and install it from there. Follow these steps:


  • Navigate to the network share or open a command prompt where Report Builder 2016 is located.



  • Double-click or run the file named ReportBuilder3.msi. This launches the SQL Server Report Builder Wizard.



  • Accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.



  • On the Default Target Server page, optionally provide the URL to the target report server if it is different from the default. Click Next.



  • On the Ready to Install page, click Install. The installation process begins.



  • When the installation is complete, click Finish. You can now launch Report Builder 2016 from your Start menu or desktop shortcut.



How to use Report Builder 2016




Now that you have downloaded and installed Report Builder 2016, you are ready to use it to create amazing reports. Here are some of the basic steps to get you started:


Launch Report Builder 2016




To launch Report Builder 2016, do one of the following:


  • Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server 2016, and then click Report Builder 2016.



  • Click the Report Builder 2016 icon on your desktop.



  • Navigate to the folder where Report Builder 2016 is installed and double-click ReportBuilder.exe.



Create a new report or open an existing one




When you launch Report Builder 2016, you will see the Getting Started dialog box. From here, you can choose to create a new report or open an existing one.


To create a new report, do one of the following:


  • Select New Report and then choose a template from the list. For example, you can choose Blank Report, Table or Matrix Wizard, Chart Wizard, Map Wizard, or Report Wizard.



  • Select New Dataset and then choose a data source from the list. For example, you can choose Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, Oracle Database, or Web Service URL. This will create a shared dataset that you can use in your report.



To open an existing report, do one of the following:


  • Select Open and then browse to the location where your report file (.rdl) or shared dataset file (.rsd) is stored. For example, you can open a report from your computer, a network share, a report server, or a SharePoint site.



  • Select Recent and then choose a report or a shared dataset that you have recently used.



Connect to a data source and add a dataset




To create a report, you need to connect to a data source and add a dataset. A data source is a connection string that specifies how to access the data that you want to use in your report. A dataset is a query that retrieves data from the data source.


To connect to a data source and add a dataset, follow these steps:


  • In Report Builder 2016, click Data on the ribbon and then click Add Data Source.



  • In the Data Source Properties dialog box, enter a name for the data source and choose the type of data source from the drop-down list. For example, you can choose Microsoft SQL Server.



  • Click Build to create a connection string or enter it manually in the Connection string box. For example, you can enter Data Source=servername;Initial Catalog=databasename.



  • Click Test Connection to verify that the connection string is valid and then click OK.



  • Click Data on the ribbon and then click Add Dataset.



  • In the Dataset Properties dialog box, enter a name for the dataset and choose the data source that you created from the drop-down list.



  • Click Query Designer to create a query or enter it manually in the Query box. For example, you can enter SELECT * FROM tablename.



  • Click Run Query to preview the data and then click OK.



Design the report layout and add visualizations




To design the report layout and add visualizations, follow these steps:


  • In Report Builder 2016, click Insert on the ribbon and then choose a report item from the list. For example, you can choose Table, Matrix, Chart, Map, or Gauge.



  • Drag and drop the report item onto the design surface. A placeholder for the report item appears.



  • Resize and position the report item as desired. You can use the gridlines, rulers, and snap lines to align the report items.



  • Right-click the report item and click Properties to open the properties pane. Here you can customize various properties of the report item, such as data, appearance, interactivity, and more.



  • To add data to the report item, drag and drop fields from the dataset onto the report item. For example, you can drag and drop fields onto the table cells, chart axes, map layers, or gauge scales.



  • To add visual effects to the report item, use the formatting tools on the ribbon or in the properties pane. For example, you can change the font, color, border, background, alignment, or style of the report item.



Preview and save the report




To preview and save the report, follow these steps:


  • In Report Builder 2016, click Run on the ribbon to switch to preview mode. Here you can see how your report will look when it is rendered in different formats.



  • To change the format of your report, click Export on the ribbon and then choose a format from the list. For example, you can choose PDF, Excel, Word, or HTML.



  • To save your report, click File on the ribbon and then click Save As. You can save your report to your computer, a network share, a report server, or a SharePoint site.



  • Enter a name for your report file (.rdl) and choose a location where you want to save it. Click Save.



Conclusion




In this article, you learned how to download and install Report Builder 2016, a powerful tool for creating paginated reports for SQL Server Reporting Services or Power BI Report Server. You also learned how to use Report Builder 2016 to connect to a data source, add a dataset, design the report layout, add visualizations, preview and save the report. With Report Builder 2016, you can create professional-looking reports that display data in a fixed layout across multiple pages. You can also create shared datasets that can be used by multiple reports.


FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions about Report Builder 2016:


Q: What are paginated reports?




A: Paginated reports are reports that display data in a fixed layout across multiple pages. They are also known as pixel-perfect reports because they preserve the exact layout and formatting of each page regardless of how they are viewed or printed.


Q: What are shared datasets?




A: Shared datasets are datasets that can be used by multiple reports. They are stored on a report server or a SharePoint site and can be accessed by Report Builder 2016 or other tools. They allow you to reuse common queries and data sources across different reports.


Q: How do I update Report Builder 2016?




A: To update Report Builder 2016, you need to download and install the latest version from the Microsoft Download Center or the web portal of a report server. You can also check for updates from within Report Builder 2016 by clicking Help on the ribbon and then clicking Check for Updates.


Q: How do I share my reports with others?




A: To share your reports with others, you need to publish them to a report server or a SharePoint site. You can do this from Report Builder 2016 by clicking File on the ribbon and then clicking Publish. You can also upload your report files (.rdl) manually to the web portal of the report server or the document library of the SharePoint site. Once your reports are published, you can grant permissions to other users to view, edit, or manage them.


Q: How do I get help and support for Report Builder 2016?




A: To get help and support for Report Builder 2016, you can use the following resources:


  • Click Help on the ribbon and then click Report Builder Help to access the online documentation for Report Builder 2016.



  • Click Help on the ribbon and then click Report Builder Forum to access the online community forum for Report Builder 2016.



  • Visit the Report Builder page of the Microsoft Docs website to access more articles, tutorials, videos, and samples for Report Builder 2016.



  • Contact Microsoft Support if you have a technical issue or a problem with your product license.





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