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SQL Server Reporting services - just learning question two

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I downloaded  SQL Server Data Tools 2012 - BI in order to start making reports.

Where do i go to start making reports in SQL server?  How can i open up and create reports in BIDS? Thanks

I have visual studio 2008 pro and the free version of sql server 2012.
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Open Visual Studio 2012, which is essentially SQL Server Data Tools.
Then start a new project, and the New Project dialog should give you (in addition to a wompload of other stuff you won't use)

Installed >> Templates >> Business Intelligence >> Reporting Services
(as well as IS and AS)
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I don't have Visual studio 2012.  Can it be downloaded? I do have Visual Studio 2008 Pro.
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If you downloaded SQL Server Data Tools, afaik that means you have Visual Studio 2012.
Let me know if that's not correct.
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I don't see it.  Would it have been downloaded as part of SQL Server Data Tools?
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I found it now.  Thanks!
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Good deal.  Thanks for the grade.

>Where do i go to start making reports in SQL server?
btw I thought SSRS was very intuitive to learn based on my previous experience with Access and Crystal Reports.  It may look a little daunting at first, but once you get the hang of being able to use multiple data sets, and not just one, it's actually very liberating.
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I have worked with Crystal reports.  I also did some work in SSRS 2008 V2 so hopefully this won't be to hard.  I have to do some real work for a client soon so i have to learn this fast.

Thanks for your help.
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That's what happended to me, had to learn SSRS on the fly because that's want the client wanted.  A year and a half later, they were actually suprised when I told them I had no previous SSRS experience.

SSIS much different story, as the learning curve is pretty steep.
SSAS so far is proving somewhere in between.
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