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As a leading SharePoint expert, I make it a point to own all books on SharePoint and this particular title is one of the few titles I would list as a "must have" for one's SharePoint library. This literally is the ONLY book on utilizing SSRS with SharePoint. The knowledge contained and shared within this book is not information that you can readily find on the Internet (unlike many other technical books).
The authors focus on SQL Server 2008 is spot on. There will always be people that are behind the technical curve ball running older versions of software. It's not like there is such a radical difference between SQL 2008 and prior versions that a reader couldn't bridge the information gap for utilizing this book's information.
Setting up SSRS with SharePoint 2007 (MOSS for you purists out there) is worth the price of the book alone. Deploying reports to SharePoint is very well written although there are several other nuances one might use in said deployment.
The coverage of BI within SSRS and SharePoint is yet another great reason for owning this book. Once again it has details that one will not easily find outside of one's own user experience. Gauges on SharePoint dashboards is yet another area of coverage on a feature that pleases clients, providing a rich visual environment for BI.
There's no need to cover scalability, availability or recovery in this book as any experienced SQL Server or SharePoint administrator will be able to handle those areas within their current environment. All in all, this book is an absolutely excellent resource for SharePoint architects, developers and consultants.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a serious role with SharePoint.
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In general, I think it's really nice book in the SharePoint-SSRS space and extremely good companion to SQL Server 2008 Books Online. It focuses only on the SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 Integration with WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007. It does not cover the SSRS 2005. Many folks still working on the SSRS 2005 might feel overlooked but I would still read this book for lots of other SharePoint Integrated SSRS topics.
In general, if you would like to learn MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0, do not pick up this book. There are lots of other books focusing solely on the SharePoint in the Wrox Series. If you are new to SSRS 2008, this book does really good job on explaining the SSRS technologies. There are 50% of chapters focusing on the SSRS 2008. Again if you want to learn only SSRS, look for other great books out there.
Chapter 1, 3, 4, and 5 are focused on the SSRS 2008 - These chapters provides SSRS 2008 and BIDS 2008 overviews, how to plan your report project, creating the first SSRS report, and advance reporting techniques. If you know your SSRS, you can easily skip these chapters.
For guys like me who know both technologies very well and would like to focus only on the SSRS integration with SharePoint, there are 7 wonderfully written chapters with some outstanding tips and screenshots.
Chapter 2: Setting up the SQL Server Reporting Services for SharePoint 2007 provides step by step installation and configuration of SharePoint Integrated SSRS environment. It has wealth of tips with wonderful indepth screenshots. I would definitely keep this handy if I am configuring the environment first time.
Chapter 6 and 7: Consuming the SharePoint Lists in the SSRS reports - This is a great reference if you need to consume the SharePoint lists in the SSRS. It talks about the limitations of the SharePoint List Web Service and how you can build the custom web service to consume the multiple SharePoint Lists data. A brilliant chapters in general.
Chapter 8: Deploying Reports to the SharePoint. This is excellent chapter demonstrating how to prepare SharePoint environment to host the SSRS reports and how to deploy the reports from the BIDS 2008. This chapter is great companion of the Chapter 2 for the initial configuration.
Chapter 9: Advanced Deployment Techniques. This chapter is unique. If you want to automate the SSRS report deployment to the SharePoint, you must buy this book. I am yet to find good blog or online article on this subject and authors have done great job automating deployment through power shell scripts and SharePoint features and solution framework.
Chapter 10: Displaying your reports in SharePoint Integrated Mode. This is another gem. It talks about the how to use Report Viewer Web Part and how to customize the report display using various techniques like connecting through WCF service or creating the SharePoint application pages. Again, I would simply buy this book for Chapter 9 and 10.
Chapter 11: Managing Reports - There are mix of SSRS and MOSS information in this chapter. Some of the highlights of this chapter are advance configurations like reports subscription, report execution configuration.
Chapter 12: Using Gauges in SharePoint Dashboards - This chapter does really nice job adding gauges in the SSRS reports and SharePoint Dashboards. I have overlooked this chapter but would keep it handy if I ever need them for any client needs.
Finally - Are there any criticisms? - Only criticism I have for this book is it has lot more chapters focusing on the SSRS 2008. I wish there are specific chapters focused on the Report Server Scaled Out deployment. In real world, most of the MOSS Integrated SSRS farm needs to take care of high availability, redundancy, and disaster recovery requirements. If Authors have dedicated a specific chapter for the MOSS Integrated SSRS scaled-out deployment, this would one gem of the books for me.
Regardless of this criticism, overall, it is a really nice book to have for the SharePoint Integrated SSRS administrators.
On the side note - I had a wonderful time discussing scaled out deployment scenario with Reza Alirezaei, one of the Authors of the book. He was very generous to exchange series of emails while I was designing the scaled out MOSS Integrated SSRS environment. Thanks Reza for the help.
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Easy to read, you can dive right into the samples and practice what you have read. Broken down nicely to enable you to only perfect the specific tasks you are needing to accomplish.
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I wish I had this book a year ago. It does an excellent job of describing the Reporting Services configuration steps to set up SharePoint Integration mode. It can be pretty confusing the first time.
It does not have any information on the Report Viewer web parts that come with SQL Server that can be installed and used to run against a Report Manager instance. The last place we tried to set up SharePoint Integration mode we could not get it done because Kerberos had everything hosed up. We ended up just using the web parts that come with SQL Server.
The book has several chapters on using Business Intelligence Design Studio (BIDS). The chapters span beginner to advanced techniques.
I have been working with Reporting Services for 5 - 6 years now and have had to learn the hard way that you should plan your report projects. It may be tempting to skip the chapter on planning report projects, but don't, there is a lot of good advice in it.
The authors also include a nice chapter on advanced deployment techniques. It is nice when you can just use BIDS to deploy, but often you need more options, especially in a production environment.
They also include a nice chapter on using the gauges. Nowadays everyone wants a dashboard, and throwing in a gauge or two to wow the business owners never hurts.
All in all I highly recommend this book for anyone getting into using Reporting Services with SharePoint.