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Invoices/batch reports using Reporting Services?
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Invoices/batch reports using Reporting Services?

Invoices/batch reports using Reporting Services?

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I'm a Reporting Services newbie.  

I want to use Report Designer in SQL Server 2005 to generate monthly invoices for customers. I would need to somehow automatically repeat running the same report, but for a different customer ID each time. Kind of like a batch process.

How can I make this happpen?  

The data is in SQL Server 2000. I have Visual Studio 2008 if that helps.

I know Crystal Reports can do this, using the Crystal Reports server. But I'm hoping to find a way to do it using MS Reporting Services.

RE: Invoices/batch reports using Reporting Services?

Not without building your own interface as far as I know

There may be something in 2005 but there is nothing "out of the box" for 2000 certainly

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RE: Invoices/batch reports using Reporting Services?

Design the report so that it selects all (or a list of) customers, groups by customer, and has a page break between groups.

RE: Invoices/batch reports using Reporting Services?

I think this is what xlbo was referring to, but if you want to email theses invoices at some time in the future, you could write a small .net app and use the SSRS web service to export the reports (just loop through a list of parameters and generate a report for each)

Hope this helps,

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RE: Invoices/batch reports using Reporting Services?

Hi,

SQL-RD from ChristianSteven Software can automate this rocess for you. It can loop through your database to read the customers and pass them to your report one at a time. It can then look up an email address from your daabase based on the customer and email it out.

www.christiansteven.com
 

RE: Invoices/batch reports using Reporting Services?

Have a look at data-driven subscriptions (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms159150.aspx).  With a data driven subscription you can hold the details of your customers in a table with an email address.  The report will then be scheduled to use the customer number to run their own report/invoice and distribute.

Thanks
Adam

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