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  • Blog Post: Hiding parameter area when viewing reports

    When rendering reports, oftentimes the application would like to minimize as much of the non-report area of the viewer control as possible.  This is easily accomplished when rendering the report through the built-in report viewer control hosted in the ReportServer web site (http://servername/reportserver...
  • Blog Post: Load Testing Reporting Services

    This question came across one of our internal discussion aliases, and it wasn't the first time I had seen it... so I thought it might be interesting to other people as well. Oftentimes, when people configure a load testing tool they set it up so that all of the connections come from the same logical...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing rsInternalError

    You know the one. You try to render a report and you end up hitting the dreaded "An internal catalog exception has occurred" error message. Generally speaking, this is an indication that something very bad happened within the server which is not necessarily due to any particular action you performed...
  • Blog Post: Live Reports and rsReportNotReady Error

    rsReportNotReady is only supposed to be thrown when a report is configured to run from an execution snapshot, and the execution snapshot has not yet been created. It is a pretty rare occurrence and the whole error code is really meant to cover the small window between setting the report to run from an...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer

    The Windows Live folks just released Windows Live Writer . It's a tool which runs on your desktop and lets you publish blog entries to a bunch of different weblog formats. This is a test post on my MSDN blog. So far I think it is pretty cool. It autodetected all of the settings on my MSDN blog, and hopefully...
  • Blog Post: Interviewed for SQLServerCentral.com

    Steve Jones recently interviewed me for a regular column he has on sqlservercentral.com . Check it out! http://www.sqlservercentral.com/columnists/sjones/sqlserverspotlightonjohngallardo.asp
  • Blog Post: Should I modify Reporting Services stored procedures?

    The answer, is quite simply "No." Someone shot a post from Google Groups through my inbox this morning where some people were having problems with session timeouts (they were seeing rsExecutionNotFound exceptions). Their "solution" was to edit the stored procedures that manage user session in our...
  • Blog Post: Reporting Services and Windows Authentication

    Windows Authentication is good stuff, and rightly so many people are using it in their Reporting Services deployments. Lately, there has been quite a rash of questions that people have regarding the inability to connect to their data sources when using Windows Authentication. Usually the scenario is...
  • Blog Post: Using XML value() method to take advantage of a relational index

    The Performance Optimizations for XML Data Type in SQL Server 2005 whitepaper written by Shankar gives some pretty good advice for writing your XQuery statements so that they take advantage of an available XML Index. However, oftentimes you will have to deal with incoming XML data which is represented...
  • Blog Post: More Gadgets!

    http://microsoftgadgets.com/default.aspx The "gadgets" folks have updated their blog to include some gadgets that you can add to start.com . I'm trying out the "Flickr" gadget as well as the "to-do" list gadget. Are you using start.com yet?
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