Chapter 2

Reporting Services Installation and Architecture

What's in this chapter?

Installing a report server

Building an enterprise deployment

Using tools to manage the reporting life cycle

Exploring report server architecture

Leveraging reporting services extensions

To gain familiarity with Reporting Services, developers and administrators often perform a basic installation to a personal computer or development server. Although the basic installation glosses over many of the choices critical in an enterprise deployment, it provides an environment in which features and the installation process itself can be explored. Such an environment is ideal for performing the exercises and tutorials found in Books Online and within this book.

This chapter guides you through a basic installation of SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services. Then you will review some important considerations for an enterprise deployment.

You will explore how features in Reporting Services are implemented and exposed. This information is foundational for both administrators and developers. Subsequent chapters build off concepts explored here.

The reporting life cycle gives you the context within which Reporting Services is employed. You will explore the various applications and utilities associated with Reporting Services.

Following this, you will dig a little deeper into Reporting Services itself by examining the architecture of the Reporting Services Windows service, its components, and supporting databases. By the ...

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