In this article, we will discuss how we can create a Table Report without using Report Wizard in SQL Server Reporting Services 2016. we have already discussed how to create an SSRS Report using Report wizard, how to deploy the SSRS Report into Reporting Server, and how to run the Report Application in my previous articles. If you want to learn SSRS Series, you can read the below link:

In this article, we will see the following

Prerequisite

We should have some basic knowledge in SQL Server Query and Visual Studio Tool for creating an SSRS Reports using Visual Studio 2015.

  • SQL Server Basic Query
  • Visual Studio 2015

How to setup the SSRS Environment

If you want to know how to setup the SSRS Environment procedure, prerequisite and SSDT, please you can read out my previous article as below link 

How to create a Table in database

Firstly, create an Employee table using SQL Server Management Studio in SQL Server database. Then, you can add employee record in the Student table.

CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Employee](
    [EmpId] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
    [EmpName] [varchar](25) NULL,
    [EmpLocation] [varchar](50) NULL,
    [EmpDept] [varchar](25) NULL,
    [EmpSalary] [decimal](18, 0) NULL
) ON [PRIMARY]

How to create an SSRS Project

Open Visual Studio 2015. Go to File menu, point to new and click new project. New Project Window will open, you can select an installed template like “Reporting Services” in Business Intelligence Template and then select the Report Server project and type Project Name EmployeeTableReport. Choose the project location path and click OK button

Now, you can see EmployeeTableReport project structure, as shown in the screenshot as below

How to create new Data Source

Go to the Shared Data Source folder, right-click the Shared Data Source folder and point to Add -> New Item, then click the New Item 

The Add New Item window will open and choose the Data Source template. Then, click the Add button.

The Shared Data Source window will open and click the Edit button

The Connection Properties window will open and type the Server Name, Select the Authentication, User Name, Password, Select or Enter a database name and finally you can check the database connection succeed, followed by clicking the Test Connection button. Then Click the OK button. 

The Shared Data Source window will open. Select the new data source, connection string and click the OK button

After creating new data source file, you can see the shared data source folder structure as shown in below screen shot

How to create new Dataset

Go to the Shared Datasets folder, right-click the Shared Datasets folder and point to Add -> New Item, then click the New Item. 

The Add New Item window will open and choose the Dataset template. Then, click the Add button.

The Shared Dataset window will open. Type the Dataset name and select the query type option. Then, type the query and click the OK button

Select EmpId as ID, EmpName as 'Employee Name', EmpLocation as 'Location', EmpDept as 'Department', EmpSalary as 'Salary' from Employee

After creating new dataset file, you can see the shared datasets folder structure as shown in below screen shot

How to create a new Report

You can see in details how to add new Report using Visual Studio 2015 in the Solution Explorer. You can see the step by step procedures as below

Go to the Reports folder, right-click the Reports folder and point to Add -> New Item,  then click the New Item. 

The Add New Item window will open and choose the Report template and type the Report Name. Then, click the Add button

After creating report file, you can see the report design view as shown in below screen shot

You can see the SSRS Toolbox as shown in below screen shot

In SSRS Toolbox, drag and drop table into report design as shown in below screen shot

Now, We can drag and drop the Report fields from Report Data (or) we can click in the particular column, then content menu will display and select the column in the dataset as shown in below screen shot

Finally, click the preview button to see the report view

How to deploy the Report

Go to the Solution Explorer, Right-click the EmployeeTableReport and click the deploy context-menu item.

After successfully deployed the report to Report Server, you will see the information from the output window as shown in below screen shot

How to run the Report

You can see in details how to run the Report using Report Server in the Browser. You can see the step by step procedures as below

Firstly, you have to copy the default Report Server Url and paste the same Url into your browser for the run report application.

http://localhost/reportserver

Now, you can run the report application, followed by EmployeeTableReport project and clicking the EmployeeDetailReport

Reference Section

Conclusion

We hope you understood how we can create a Table Report without using Report Wizard in SQL Server Reporting Services 2016, how to create a new report, how to create a new data source, how to create a new dataset, and how to deploy/run the report application in the Report Server. We have covered all the required things. If you find anything which we missed in this article, please let me know. Please share your valuable feedback or comments and suggestions to improve future articles.