Report Authoring Concepts (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS)

This section briefly defines key concepts used in the Report Builder and Report Designer documentation. For definitions of specific words or terms, see the Glossary (Report Builder 3.0).


You can create and modify report definitions (.rdl) in Report Builder 3.0 and in Report Designer in Business Intelligence Development Studio. Each authoring environment provides different ways to create, open, and save reports and related items. For more information, see Designing Reports in Report Designer and Report Builder 3.0 (SSRS) on the Web at

Reports, Report Parts, and Report Definitions (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS)

Describes the variety of terms used to describe a report in different states, including the initial definition, the published report, and the viewed report as it appears to the user.

Report Servers and SharePoint Report Servers (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS)

Explains what you can do for your reports on a report server or a report server in SharePoint integrated mode.

Embedded and Shared Data Connections or Data Sources (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS)

Describes the ways to define connections to the data sources used in reports, report models, and data-driven subscriptions.

Embedded and Shared Datasets (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS)

Explains the differences in creating, storing, and managing embedded and shared datasets.

Data Regions and Maps (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS)

Describes the types of data regions that can be added to a report layout. Data regions determine the appearance of a report: tabular, matrix, list, or chart.

Report Parameters (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS)

Describes the ways to define and use report parameters, and how they are independently managed from the report definition on the report server.

Report Models (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS)

Describes the report models that you can create in Reporting Services, and their use as the basis for ad hoc reporting.

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