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How to upgrade SSRS 2000 reports to 2005?

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I have .rld files for some old reports from SQL 2000. I developed these with MS Visual Studio 2003. I like to upgrade these to SSRS 2005. The problem is that I don't have MS Visual Studio 2005.

Other issues are that the reports I want them to work on is web server, where I have WSS 2.0. WSS 2.0 needs .Net 2.0, so I can't install MS Visual Studio 2003 because this needs .Net 2.0.  MS Visual Studio 2003 works with .Net 1.1 and not 2.0. MS Visual Studio 2005 works with 2.0.

Could these old reports be upgraded with SQL 2005? Do I really need to use MS Visual Studio 2005?
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by:gtrapp
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Would I need visual studio 2005 "standard edition" or the "professional edition" to have the Report Designer?
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You don't need any version of Visual Studio, BI Studio comes with the installation of SQL Server 2005
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And BI Studio can upgrade my old .rdl files?
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How do I get to the BI studio? I thought I did a full install of SQL 2005
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I am reading many articles about how BI from the SQL 2005 install does not work or show up:

http://weblogs.asp.net/kdente/archive/2007/03/07/the-case-of-the-missing-business-intelligence-studio.aspx
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this article has more info on upgrading http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143747.aspx

as far locating BI Studio it should be under Start > All Programs > SQL Server 2005 > SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio
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Its not there and I did select it from the install.
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I have BIDs installed now.

I am following along the directions and it says Report Designer. Where is this located? All I have are the .rdl files. Do I need to create a new project?
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The directions say:

Report definitions can be upgraded to a new namespace when you open an .rdl in the SQL Server 2005 version of Report Designer. You are prompted whether to upgrade the report definition when you open the report. Once you upgrade the report definition, you cannot open it in previous versions of Report Designer.

But now sure where in BIDS is this Report Designer
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