Direct Reports

Dynamics AX product-related topics for project-based businesses such as consulting, accounting, advertising, and construction.

April, 2005

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About Direct Reports

I'm the Group Program Manager for the Microsoft Dynamics AX engineering team covering Service Industries (including markets such as professional services, construction, architecture and advertising). I've been at Microsoft for over 17 years and was previously a Senior Product Manager for Microsoft Amalga Hospital Information System (HIS), part of Microsoft's Health Solution Group. I also spent 8 years as the Group Program Manager for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, where my team created and delivered the Microsoft business intelligence and reporting platform for IT Pros, end users and developers as part of SQL Server and Visual Studio. I joined Microsoft after a role as software architect for a4 Health Systems, a hospital software company in my home town of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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    Atomizer (Expression-based Connection Strings)

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    One of the new features of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services is support for expression-based connection strings. Many customers have the same database schema in multiple database or servers. In SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services, it was hard to have...
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    Distant Plastic Trees (Multi-Valued Parameters)

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    One of the cool new features of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services is multi-valued parameters. SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services only allowed you to have a single value for a parameter. For example, if your parameter was color, you could pick red or...
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    Unknown Country

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    There is an oversight in the documentation of the new client print functionality of Reporting Services Service Pack 2 . SP2 has a new behavior that extracts the page size and margin information at report publishing time so that it can be used by the print...
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    Brotherhood (What is a CTP?)

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    So, what's a CTP anyway? Recently, we announced that instead of releasing SQL Server 2005 Beta 3, we would move to a model of releasing multiple CTPs (Community Technology Preview) up until the final release of the product later this year. But what...
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    Isn't Anything

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    For those of you who were on the beta of Reporting Services SP2 , when you upgrade to the final relase you may have a problem when using the new client print functionality. The issue is that we did not change the CLSID of the print control object between...
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    Wowee Zowee

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    Reporting Services Service Pack 2 requires a reboot. Here's why. When we started building the setup for SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services back in mid 2003, we started with a copy of the SQL Server 2005 (then called Yukon) setup code. While this seemed...
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    It'll Be Cool

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    I'm Brian Welcker, Group Program Manager for SQL Server Reporting Services. I was doing a webast last week on the new Report Viewer controls in Visual Studio 2005 and during the question and answer phase, someone asked me if the sample code would be on...
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    Darklands

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    For those of you that are interested in using the new SharePoint Web Parts in Reporting Services SP2 , there is a new white paper on TechNet that has a good overview of the Web Parts as well as tips and tricks for using them.
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