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Searching for tables in SSRS reports

Searching for tables in SSRS reports

Searching for tables in SSRS reports

WE have BI Management Studio 2008, 3.5SP1 and we have many reports in SSRS. Is there a way to search all reports for particular table names?
WE have to upgrade data in the tables and we would rather not go thru each report manually searching code.
Thanks for any help in advance.

RE: Searching for tables in SSRS reports

Unless I am mistaken, you need to review each report anyway.

Couple of reasons: 1) If your queries are embedded in your report, you will need to change the schema. 2) If your report uses stored procedures, you still need to modify the report for the new schema.

All that being said, each report (the actual rdl file) is just an XML file. You could use a tool like grep or another file searching tool to check each file and look for/make changes as needed. But you will definitely want to validate each report after the fact to ensure they still work.

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RE: Searching for tables in SSRS reports

You should be able to use any text editor to look at an RDL item in your project folder, and search for a "datasource" and "dataset" entry to see how those are styled, and that may suggest a search pattern you can use in a text file search.

This should help you locate those that are using direct-entry SQL queries to populate the datasets. However, most will probably use a stored procedure for this so they would not contain any direct reference to a table.


RE: Searching for tables in SSRS reports

Yes you should be able to search using a text search tool the RDL`s to be able to find direct references.

To find references within stored procedures on the SQL box i would use the free tool from Apex SQL called ApexSQL Search.

With this tool you can find a sting (in this case the table name) within all the stored procs.




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