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Use Custom Reports with Object Explorer Node Properties

Custom reports can execute in the context of a selected Object Explorer node if the custom reports reference the report parameters of that node. This enables a custom report to use the current context, for example the current database, or a database or server object.

Report Samples, including the standard reports created by Microsoft, are available for download. These samples may be modified by using SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT).

Parameter name

Data type

ObjectName

String

ObjectTypeName

String

Filtered

Boolean

ServerName

String

FontName

String

DatabaseName

String

To run the example, use the following procedure.

To view the report parameter values for a node in Object Explorer

  1. Copy the following sample code into a new text file and name the file by using an .rdl extension.

  2. Copy the report file to a folder that you have created on the database server for custom reports.

  3. In Management Studio, right-click a node in Object Explorer, point to Reports, click Custom Reports. In the Open File dialog box, locate the custom reports folder and select the report file, and then click Open.

    When a new custom report is first opened from an Object Explorer node, the custom report is added to the most recently used list under Custom Reports on the shortcut menu of that node. When a standard report is opened for the first time, it will also appear on the most recently used list under Custom Reports. If a custom report file is deleted, the next time that the item is selected, a prompt will appear to delete the item from the most recently used list.

    1. To change the number of files displayed on the recently used list, on the Tools menu, click Options, expand the Environment folder, and then click General.

    2. Adjust the number for Display files in recently used list.

The report that is created by using the following code will use the parameters that are associated with an Object Explorer node.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<Report xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sqlserver/reporting/2005/01/reportdefinition" xmlns:rd="http://schemas.microsoft.com/SQLServer/reporting/reportdesigner">

<ReportParameters>

<ReportParameter Name="ObjectName">

<DataType>String</DataType>

<Nullable>true</Nullable>

<AllowBlank>true</AllowBlank>

<Prompt>ObjectName</Prompt>

</ReportParameter>

<ReportParameter Name="ObjectTypeName">

<DataType>String</DataType>

<Nullable>true</Nullable>

<AllowBlank>true</AllowBlank>

<Prompt>ObjectTypeName</Prompt>

</ReportParameter>

<ReportParameter Name="Filtered">

<DataType>Boolean</DataType>

<Nullable>true</Nullable>

<AllowBlank>true</AllowBlank>

<Prompt>Filtered</Prompt>

</ReportParameter>

<ReportParameter Name="ServerName">

<DataType>String</DataType>

<Nullable>true</Nullable>

<AllowBlank>true</AllowBlank>

<Prompt>ServerName</Prompt>

</ReportParameter>

<ReportParameter Name="FontName">

<DataType>String</DataType>

<DefaultValue>

<Values>

<Value>Tahoma</Value>

</Values>

</DefaultValue>

<AllowBlank>true</AllowBlank>

<Prompt>FontName</Prompt>

</ReportParameter>

<ReportParameter Name="DatabaseName">

<DataType>String</DataType>

<Nullable>true</Nullable>

<DefaultValue>

<Values>

<Value>master</Value>

</Values>

</DefaultValue>

<AllowBlank>true</AllowBlank>

<Prompt>DatabaseName</Prompt>

</ReportParameter>

</ReportParameters>

<DataSources>

<DataSource Name="AllReportParameters">

<ConnectionProperties>

<IntegratedSecurity>true</IntegratedSecurity>

<ConnectString>Data Source=.</ConnectString>

<DataProvider>SQL</DataProvider>

</ConnectionProperties>

<rd:DataSourceID>f1feee4c-0fdc-4301-9efa-3cd89eed2d9f</rd:DataSourceID>

</DataSource>

</DataSources>

<BottomMargin>1in</BottomMargin>

<RightMargin>1in</RightMargin>

<rd:DrawGrid>true</rd:DrawGrid>

<InteractiveWidth>8.5in</InteractiveWidth>

<rd:SnapToGrid>true</rd:SnapToGrid>

<Body>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="textbox1">

<rd:DefaultName>textbox1</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>1</ZIndex>

<Width>6in</Width>

<Style>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<FontWeight>700</FontWeight>

<FontSize>20pt</FontSize>

<Color>SteelBlue</Color>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Height>0.36in</Height>

<Value>AllReportParameters</Value>

</Textbox>

<Table Name="table1">

<DataSetName>AllReportParameters</DataSetName>

<Top>0.36in</Top>

<Details>

<TableRows>

<TableRow>

<TableCells>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="ObjectName">

<rd:DefaultName>ObjectName</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>5</ZIndex>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>=Parameters!ObjectName.Value</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="ObjectTypeName">

<rd:DefaultName>ObjectTypeName</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>4</ZIndex>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>=Parameters!ObjectTypeName.Value</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="Filtered">

<rd:DefaultName>Filtered</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>3</ZIndex>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>=Parameters!Filtered.Value</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="ServerName">

<rd:DefaultName>ServerName</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>2</ZIndex>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>=Parameters!ServerName.Value</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="FontName">

<rd:DefaultName>FontName</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>1</ZIndex>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>=Parameters!FontName.Value</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="DatabaseName">

<rd:DefaultName>DatabaseName</rd:DefaultName>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>=Parameters!DatabaseName.Value</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

</TableCells>

<Height>0.21in</Height>

</TableRow>

</TableRows>

</Details>

<Header>

<TableRows>

<TableRow>

<TableCells>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="textbox2">

<rd:DefaultName>textbox2</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>11</ZIndex>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<FontWeight>700</FontWeight>

<FontSize>11pt</FontSize>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<BackgroundColor>SteelBlue</BackgroundColor>

<Color>White</Color>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>ObjectName</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="textbox3">

<rd:DefaultName>textbox3</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>10</ZIndex>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<FontWeight>700</FontWeight>

<FontSize>11pt</FontSize>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<BackgroundColor>SteelBlue</BackgroundColor>

<Color>White</Color>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>ObjectTypeName</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="textbox4">

<rd:DefaultName>textbox4</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>9</ZIndex>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<FontWeight>700</FontWeight>

<FontSize>11pt</FontSize>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<BackgroundColor>SteelBlue</BackgroundColor>

<Color>White</Color>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>Filtered</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="textbox5">

<rd:DefaultName>textbox5</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>8</ZIndex>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<FontWeight>700</FontWeight>

<FontSize>11pt</FontSize>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<BackgroundColor>SteelBlue</BackgroundColor>

<Color>White</Color>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>ServerName</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="textbox6">

<rd:DefaultName>textbox6</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>7</ZIndex>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<FontWeight>700</FontWeight>

<FontSize>11pt</FontSize>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<BackgroundColor>SteelBlue</BackgroundColor>

<Color>White</Color>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>FontName</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

<TableCell>

<ReportItems>

<Textbox Name="textbox7">

<rd:DefaultName>textbox7</rd:DefaultName>

<ZIndex>6</ZIndex>

<Style>

<BorderStyle>

<Default>Solid</Default>

</BorderStyle>

<PaddingLeft>2pt</PaddingLeft>

<PaddingBottom>2pt</PaddingBottom>

<FontFamily>Tahoma</FontFamily>

<FontWeight>700</FontWeight>

<FontSize>11pt</FontSize>

<BorderColor>

<Default>LightGrey</Default>

</BorderColor>

<BackgroundColor>SteelBlue</BackgroundColor>

<Color>White</Color>

<PaddingRight>2pt</PaddingRight>

<PaddingTop>2pt</PaddingTop>

</Style>

<CanGrow>true</CanGrow>

<Value>DatabaseName</Value>

</Textbox>

</ReportItems>

</TableCell>

</TableCells>

<Height>0.22in</Height>

</TableRow>

</TableRows>

<RepeatOnNewPage>true</RepeatOnNewPage>

</Header>

<TableColumns>

<TableColumn>

<Width>3in</Width>

</TableColumn>

<TableColumn>

<Width>1.5in</Width>

</TableColumn>

<TableColumn>

<Width>0.75in</Width>

</TableColumn>

<TableColumn>

<Width>1.125in</Width>

</TableColumn>

<TableColumn>

<Width>2in</Width>

</TableColumn>

<TableColumn>

<Width>1.375in</Width>

</TableColumn>

</TableColumns>

</Table>

</ReportItems>

<Height>0.79in</Height>

</Body>

<rd:ReportID>abb14e58-fd36-495a-89ff-b66f29ef287b</rd:ReportID>

<LeftMargin>1in</LeftMargin>

<DataSets>

<DataSet Name="AllReportParameters">

<Query>

<rd:UseGenericDesigner>true</rd:UseGenericDesigner>

<CommandText>SELECT 1

</CommandText>

<DataSourceName>AllReportParameters</DataSourceName>

</Query>

<Fields>

<Field Name="ObjectName">

<rd:TypeName>System.String</rd:TypeName>

<DataField>ObjectName</DataField>

</Field>

<Field Name="ObjectTypeName">

<rd:TypeName>System.String</rd:TypeName>

<DataField>ObjectTypeName</DataField>

</Field>

<Field Name="Filtered">

<rd:TypeName>System.Boolean</rd:TypeName>

<DataField>Filtered</DataField>

</Field>

<Field Name="ServerName">

<rd:TypeName>System.String</rd:TypeName>

<DataField>ServerName</DataField>

</Field>

<Field Name="FontName">

<rd:TypeName>System.String</rd:TypeName>

<DataField>FontName</DataField>

</Field>

<Field Name="DatabaseName">

<rd:TypeName>System.String</rd:TypeName>

<DataField>DatabaseName</DataField>

</Field>

</Fields>

</DataSet>

</DataSets>

<Width>6.875in</Width>

<InteractiveHeight>11in</InteractiveHeight>

<Language>en-US</Language>

<TopMargin>1in</TopMargin>

</Report>

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