Versions for a SSRS Report

Hi Experts!

I have a SSRS report and I need a different version everytime the report is printed. How would I accomplish that at the development level?
December2000Asked:
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Jim HornConnect With a Mentor Microsoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
>As the users check out reports and modify them the version changes.
I'm fairly certain SSRS does not have this feature, so the answer is no.
Either way, I'll ask a couple of other SSRS developers to confirm.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Define 'version'.
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December2000Author Commented:
When the the report is created version 1,  after changes 2 , then 3 ect... Everytime changes are made to the report the version changes
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
So, version meaning each unique .rdl file?   Probably best to hard-code that in the .rdl.
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December2000Author Commented:
What would be an example of that?
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
An example of hard-coding?

Create a label on your report, and type 'Version 1.0' in it's Value property.
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December2000Author Commented:
I am not looking for hard coading because the version will chage everytime the report is updated
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
afaik what you are asking for does not automatically exist, and must be done manually.
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December2000Author Commented:
How would you do that?
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Manually = a.k.a. hard-coding the version number in a control such as a text box, BEFORE the .rdl file is saved and deployed.

If any of this is not clear, please explain in excrutiatingly detailed terms what you are asking.
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Harish VargheseProject LeaderCommented:
Hello December 2000,

1. Do you want 'version' to be changed/updated every time the report file (design or RDL file) is modified?
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2. Do you want 'version' to be changed every time a user view the report?

If your question is #1 above, then the answer is what jimhorn explained.
If your question is #2 above, then you may use a table to store the version number in a table, and update this value from your data source (sql or stored procedure) and display it in the report.

- Harish
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December2000Author Commented:
But, with Jim's solution wouldn't the user have to manually change the version every time  they update the report....  The users update the fields in the report (work order) and they want "versions" to change as they update the order, to notate that changes have been made.

Sorry if I was not clear I am not asking about report development versions on the development side. This is user side.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
>user ... they update the report
Just to clarify terms, users don't 'update' a report in the sense that they change the report design.  They select a couple of parameters, run the report, and the report queries a data source and then generates.

You need to define 'update' and  'versions' in five-year-old simple terms, as it appears that your definitions have some meaning to your business that the rest of us wouldn't infer right away, and so far not from this thread.
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December2000Author Commented:
I understand you dont have the answer but, I am sure that it is not hard coding. For example SharePoint has report versions. As the users check out reports and modify them the version changes.

 I don't how to explain versions if you dont understand what a version is. It is very simple " Is there functionality with in SSRS to create versioning in a report or not, Not a development version" so if you don't understand I understand :)
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Received offline confirmation from SQL BI expert ValentinoV

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I know what "versioning" on SharePoint is being referred to.  Basically, SharePoint is a document versioning system (well, not only that of course but let's keep it simple) so even a Word document gets a version there.  It also has check in/checkout functionality, a bit like TFS.  Which can be disabled but that's another story...

In any case, this versioning is purely SharePoint.  And we can thus conclude that the asker actually wants the design to be versioned, not the generated report (i.e. when same report gets generated afresh, version remains the same).  At least, that's what I'd conclude and without those excrutiatingly detailed five-year-old terms it's still partly a guess...

So... SSRS without SharePoint doesn't really have this same functionality, as you stated!

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Thanks for the grade.  Good luck.  -Jim
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