How to version SQL Reports.
Posted on 2013-06-25
I currently have a report project of around 60 reports. These reports are used by 2 different client companies, though they are deployed at different times and they are organised differently on each of the report servers. My issue is usually trying to determine what version of the report is on either server.
The date stamps can be helpful, but often I find if there has been a large gap in deployment between companies, the underlying backend data may not be compatible with new uploaded reports.
We keep the source files in SVN, which are obviously versioned for its purposes...but I would like to be able to version individual rdl files, so when I view them on the report server, I can look at some type of metadata that gives me a version number. I DO NOT wish to put versioning in the report name or in the description field.
Has anyone got some good ideas how I can do this.