Exercise: Create a report of a cube to create grouped worksheets in Excel

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Category ==> Report Builder 3.0  (42 exercises)
Topic ==> Exporting reports  (2 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Course ==> Report Builder
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If you haven't already done so, restore the database in the above folder into Analysis Services in Management Studio (not for copying or commercial use).  The database should contain 3 dimensions and one cube called MAM.

Create a dataset to list out the Species and Region dimensions and the Quantity measure.

Create a table listing the region and quantity grouped by species, and use these to create the following workbook when you export this data to Excel:

Workbook by species

What you should see when viewing sales for amphibians, for example.


Some thoughts to help you do this are shown overleaf.

To get this to work, you'll need to set the PageName property of the Species group:

Group properties

You'll need to set a page break for the Species group, but also give each group member a page name.


To get the report working well, you'll also need to position it at the top left of the page, so there is no blank space above it.

If you get all of this working and still have time, try getting the report to look like this when viewed interactively:

Text box - interactive format

You should set the Hidden property of the text box to be True if the interactive format name contains the word EXCEL!


Save this report as Just wow, then close it down.

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