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Report Manager

Report Manager is a Web-based report access and management tool that you access through Microsoft Internet Explorer. You can use Report Manager to administer a single report server instance from a remote location over an HTTP connection. You can also use Report Manager for its report viewer and navigation features. You can use Report Manager to perform the following tasks:

  • View, search, and subscribe to reports.
  • Create, secure, and maintain the folder hierarchy to organize items on the server.
  • Configure site properties and defaults. You can also determine the availability of My Reports to support publishing and creating reports in a personal workspace.
  • Configure role-based security that determines access to items and operations.
  • Configure report execution properties, report history, and report parameters.
  • Create report models that connect to and retrieve data from a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services data source or from a SQL Server relational data source.
  • Create shared schedules and shared data sources to make schedules and data source connections more manageable.
  • Create data-driven subscriptions that roll out reports to a large recipient list.
  • Create linked reports to reuse and repurpose an existing report in different ways.
  • Launch Report Builder, a report design tool used for creating and modifying model-driven, ad hoc reports. For more information, How to: Start Report Builder.
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Feature availability can vary depending on the edition you are using. For more information, see Reporting Services in SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services and Features Supported by the Editions of SQL Server 2005.

You can use Report Manager to browse the report server folders or search for specific reports. You can view a report, its general properties, and past copies of the report that are captured in report history. You might also be able to subscribe to reports for delivery to an e-mail inbox or a shared folder on the file system.

The ability to perform a task in Report Manager depends on user role assignments. A user who is assigned to a role that has full permissions has access to the complete set of application menus and pages available for managing a report server. A user assigned to a role that has permissions to view and run reports sees only the menus and pages that support those activities. Each user can have different role assignments for different report servers, or even for the various reports and folders that are stored on a single report server. For more information about roles, see Managing Permissions and Security for Reporting Services. For instructions on how to start Report Manager, see How to: Start Report Manager (Report Manager).

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You can customize Report Manager in very limited ways. You can modify the application title on the Site Settings page. If you are a Web developer, you can modify the style sheets that contain the style information used by Report Manager. Because Report Manager is not specifically designed to support customization, you must thoroughly test any modification that you make. If you find that Report Manager does not meet your needs, you can develop a custom report viewer or configure SharePoint Web parts to find and view reports in a SharePoint site.

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