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Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 by Bill Anton, James Serra

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Consuming reports

There are a number of ways for users to consume Reporting Services reports.

Online

For on-demand scenarios the most common method is to view the reports online using a browser through the reporting services web application, SharePoint site, or through a custom application that interfaces with the report server. Another scenario where users will typically view a report online is with data alerts. When a data alert is triggered, the generated e-mail sent to the user will contain a link to the source report.

Offline

There are plenty of scenarios where users might need to view standard reports in an offline format through applications such as Microsoft Excel or Word. In these cases, users can obtain offline copies of the report in one ...

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