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How can you determine if there are reports for a particular database in MS SQL Server? Can you see what reports have been created for a particular database in SQL Server?
How are SQL Server reports normally created so that an end user has access to them?
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>How can you determine if there are reports for a particular database in MS SQL Server?
You can't.  There is no T-SQL that returns a set to the effect of 'Give me every external file (SSRS .rdl, SSIS .dtsx, etc.) that references this database.', so your options are either to go on a wild goose chase to find these files, or shut the database logins down and see what breaks / who complains.

A way I've tracked this in the past is to write a Stored Procedure as the main data source for a report, and in each sp (which I prefix ssrs_) do an INSERT into a homemade logging table I created.  That way all activity is in a table.

I believe with SSRS 2012 there are tables to monitor report usage.

>How are SQL Server reports normally created so that an end user has access to them?
SSRS reports are created by developers using Visual Studio / SQL Server Data Tools, depending on the version, and then deployed to an SSRS server for users.
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Thanks for the grade.  Good luck with your project.  -Jim
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