SSRS2008 - single dataset for multiple parameters in the report

Hi,

how can I create a single dataset and use it for multiple parameters in  a given report. (. i.e. Trying to avoid creating a different dataset for each parameter dropdown list in the report)

Thanks in advance
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Koen Van WielinkBusiness Intelligence SpecialistCommented:
As far as I know you just create that single data set you like, and each time you add a parameter or set the properties of an existing one, select "get values from a query" under the "Available values" menu. Then select the data set that returns your parameter values. Set the value field (the value to be used by the main data set as the parameter value) and the label field (the field the user sees displayed when selecting the parameter) and you should be good to go.
Note that in order to use a single data set, all your parameters have to be related (i.e. return as a single table), which I think is rare. If for example your parameters are a year and a month, it would be almost impossible to handle this in a single data set as it would return 12 times the same year, once for each month. Also, the user would see the entire data set result each time a parameter value is selected, so you might end up with values that "don't make sense".
Since the data sets returned for parameter values are usually small, there should not be a problem with having multiple data sets for your parameters. I usually create some general stored procedures for parameter values I reuse across report, such as company codes, years, months, product lists, etc. I just add those as I need them.
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shmzAuthor Commented:
Many thanks Koen.
I need to do some testing and I'll get back to you.
Cheers
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shmzAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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