Tuesday, January 27

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services Launch

As described in a previous post (see correction below), the Reporting Services for SQL Server 2000 has now been released. The New York launch event today was very well attended, although technical difficulties caused frequent freeze-ups of the web broadcast portion of the event.

From a Systems Mangement perspective, this product has great potential. Good reports are one of the core values of a Systems Management (SM) product. Reporting Services holds out the promise of maximizing the reporting potential of an SM tool.

I am working with Reporting Services against NetIQ AppManager and Microsoft MOM databases to see how much effort is involved in producing effective reports. Results will be posted to the Sample Reports page of the JMACINC.com site.

Correction to post Microsoft Reporting Products (Friday, January 16): Because Reporting Services can read from OLE DB data sources, it can generate reports from OLAP databases such as Microsoft Aanalysis Services.

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