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  • 1. Frequently Asked Questions – Report Builder 3.0<br />Report Builder 3.0 introduces additional visualizations including maps, sparklines, databars, and indicators which can help produce new insights well beyond what can be achieved with standard tables and charts. The new Report Part Gallery introduced in this release - takes self-service reporting to new heights by enabling users to re-use existing report parts as building blocks for creating new reports in a matter of minutes with a “grab and go” experience. Additionally, users will experience significant performance improvements with enhancements to the ability to use Report Builder in server mode. This allows for much faster report processing with caching of datasets on the report server when toggling between design and preview modes.<br />Q. What is Report Builder 3.0?  <br />A. Report Builder 3.0 is the next release of the report authoring component of SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services. This new release of Report Builder provides capabilities to further increase end user productivity with enhanced wizards, more powerful visualizations, and intuitive authoring. In addition to offering an enhanced authoring experience for business users, Report Builder 3.0 benefits power users that are looking for a highly capable, more sophisticated authoring environment. <br />Q. What are the key new features included in Report Builder 3.0? A. Report Builder 3.0 supports the full capabilities of SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services.  It also delivers an even more intuitive report authoring environment for business and power users with a Microsoft Office look and feel.  Additional new features include:<br />
    • “Grab and Go” reporting experience enabled through the Report Part Gallery
    • 2. Support for maps and geospatial visualizations with integration to Bing maps and support for SQL spatial data types.
    • 3. Additional visualizations including indicators, sparklines and data bars
    • 4. Support for consuming SharePoint lists and PowerPivot models as data sources
    • 5. Support for Madison and SQL Azure data sources
    • 6. Render any report as a data source to PowerPivot or other applications through ATOM data feeds
    Q. Is this a replacement for Report Builder 1.0? A. Not for this release. It does replace Report Builder 2.0 but there is still some additional functionality from Report Builder 1.0 that did not make it into this release that has been prioritized for a future release. <br />Q. What if I want to continue to use Report Builder 1.0? Will it still be available? A. Yes. Report Builder 1.0 will be included with SQL Server 2008 R2. There are a significant number of features delivered that are not backwards compatible. Once a report has been modified in Report Builder 3.0 you will no longer have the ability to open or edit the report in Report Builder 1.0 or Report Builder 2.0. <br />Q. Is this a replacement for BI Development Studio (BIDS)? A. No. Although many customers are finding that Report Builder meets their report design needs, Report Builder 3.0 does not replace BIDS. It will still be made available. <br />Q. What are the key differences between Report Builder 1.0 and Report Builder 3.0? A. In addition to all the new features delivered in Report Builder 2.0 (tablix, charts, gauges, etc.) and Report Builder 3.0 (Report Part Gallery, maps, sparklines), the following are additional differences between Report Builder 1.0 and Report Builder 3.0. There will be a full comparison chart on msdn.<br />Report Builder 1.0Report Builder 3.0Simple, single data region, model based reportsFull-featured reports as the BIDS Report Designer, supporting multi region and multi data sourcesRequires report modelSupport both Report model and direct data sources connectivitySupports only SQL Server, Oracle, Teradata, and Analysis Services as data sourcesSupports any SSRS-supported data source including Model, SSAS, SQL RDB, SQL Azure, SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse, Oracle, Teradata, SAPBW, Essbase, etc.Supports RDL 2005 and aboveSupports RDL 2008 R2Bundled in SSRS 2008 R2Bundled in SSRS 2008 R2 with ClickOnce support. Also delivered as a separate download. Ad hoc Query Building capabilityNot Yet AvailableInfinite ClickthroughManual configuration<br />Q. What data sources are supported by Report Builder 3.0? A. Report Builder 3.0 can use any SSRS-supported data sources including report model, SQL Server Analysis Services, SQL RDB, Oracle RDB, Teradata, SAPBW, Oracle Essbase, etc. New additions are SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse and SQL Azure<br />Q. Do you provide full support for Report Models in Report Builder 3.0?A. Yes.  Report Models are fully supported in Report Builder 3.0<br />Q. Where do I get access to Report Builder 3.0?A. Report Builder 3.0 released as a standalone download as part of the SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack and can be accessed through Microsoft Download Center here. Not sure are you talking about RB2.0 or 3.0 here? Only 3.0 was released with SQL 2008 feature pack. RB3.0 will not.<br />Q. Will ClickOnce be available with the release of Report Builder 3.0?  A. Yes.  ClickOnce install & launch directly from report manager / SharePoint will be supported at the time Report Builder 3.0 releases with SQL Server 2008 R2.<br />Q. Can I use SQL 2008 R2 Reporting Services and Report Builder 3.0 with SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008?  A. Yes.  SQL Server 2005 and SQL 2008 can be used as a data source for SQL 2008 R2 Reporting Services and Report Builder 3.0. However, Report Builder 3.0 generates 2008 R2 -based RDL structures that are not supported by RS 2005 or RS2008.  Therefore, you cannot directly publish Report Builder 3.0 generated reports to a RS 2005 server.<br />Q. What are the licensing requirements for Report Builder 3.0?A. Report Builder 3.0 requires a SSRS 2008 R2 license. <br />