Chapter 13. Content Management

As discussed in Chapter 4, reports are made available through a three-phased process of authoring, management, and delivery. This is referred to as the reporting life cycle.

Much of the material in the preceding chapters focused on the authoring phase of the life cycle. This chapter marks the book's transition in focus to the management and delivery phases. The goal of this and many of the subsequent chapters is to show you how to effectively put content you have spent hours, days, or even weeks developing into the hands of your users. All readers, including those primarily focused on report authoring, are encouraged to understand this material.

In this chapter, you explore the management of Reporting Services content. Reporting Services content includes reports, report models, shared data sources, and report resources, as well as the folder structure within which these are maintained. Shared schedules, used by reports for subscriptions, history, and snapshots, are also addressed in this chapter, although these items are maintained at the site level, outside the folder structure.

In Native mode, Reporting Services content management is performed primarily through the Report Manager application. Scripts executed through the RS utility provide an alternative means of performing these tasks.

In SharePoint Integrated mode, content-management activities are performed in a similar manner but through the SharePoint site or through the ReportServer2006 web services ...

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