SQL Report Builder Options

We have a customer that utilized SQL Report builder in Visual Studio 2005. They are retiring this setup and are looking for a modern solution that will provide the same/similar features/functions that the report builder in Visual Studio 2005 had. They also will need to access multiple version of SQL Server instances to build reports off of, so a new solution with backwards compatibility. The customer reviewed SQL Server Report Builder 2014 and said that it was too basic and a "downgrade" from the one in the earlier version of Visual Studio.
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lcohanDatabase AnalystCommented:
My guess they "...said that it was too basic and a "downgrade" from the one in the earlier version..." just because they were to used to the old look/feel however there's a new 2016 Report Builder which I(we) use on all my (native) reports (close to one thousand) from 2005 and up and I couldn't find (yet) a single issue and love it:

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd220460.aspx
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff519551.aspx

Sorry forgot to mention the ReportDesigner from SSDT as well:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/ms173745.aspx
"Design Reports with Report Designer (SSRS)."
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/ms156280.aspx

There a pretty solid 3rd party web design tool in case the SQL own aren't sufficient: http://www.jinfonet.com/
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newgentechnologiesAuthor Commented:
Thank you Icohan, I have reached out to my customer and will report back.
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newgentechnologiesAuthor Commented:
Icohan, I found two separate links to the download, and both bounce to this:

The content that you are attempting to access is not yet available. Please use the following resources to search for information about SQL Server:

Do you have a download link?
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lcohanDatabase AnalystCommented:
2016 Report Builder/Designer?

Here's what I used:
"ClickOnce Deployment for Windows Forms Applications", "Security in Windows Forms Overview", or "Trusted Application Deployment Overview" articles on the Microsoft Developer Network Web site at www.microsoft.com/msdn." and used my MSDN credentials to get them

Alternatively:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49162
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newgentechnologiesAuthor Commented:
Icohan, sorry for my extremely tardy report. My customer has been playing around with SQL report builder 2016 and has been having luck using it. However when he went to access an older version of Sharepoint with it he encountered a problem. The error was "The report server at 'htttp://Sharepoint/Shared Documents/file.rdl' is not compatible with this version of report builder. Specify a URL to a SQL Server 2008 R2 report server. Do you have any input?
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lcohanDatabase AnalystCommented:
Same here..sorry for late reply...
As far as I'm aware in order to get over those "bumps" there's only one clean way to do it as far as I'm aware - that RDL report file needs to be opened in latest BIDS which will convert/upgrade it to the newest version then save, compile/deploy it again however!!! please make sure to keep a copy of the original old version RDL file somewhere safe because there's NO WAY back once click to open it in a newer version of BIDS than the original it was created in.
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