Exercise: Create a report based on a cube, using two parameters

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Category ==> Report Builder 3.0  (42 exercises)
Topic ==> Parameters  (7 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
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 report listing out the following bits of information: 

List of transactions

The report should show the date, species and quantity for transactions.


Add a calculated field called TransDate which applies the CDate function to the transaction date, to turn it into a proper date.

Now add parameters to the top of your report so that it lists all of the sales after a given date, with a given minimum number:


Give the two parameters default values as shown above.

Here's what a typical report could look like:

Report for two parameters

The sales of 10 or more items from Christmas Day 2014 onwards.

Now add a title to your report to show the choices you've made:

Parameters in title

The title you could see for the choices made above.


Finally, use the No Rows section of the tablix item to display a message like this if you choose a combination of parameters for which there is no data:

The No Rows message

You could even get this message to refer to the parameter values typed in ...


Save this report as Simple parameters, then close it down. 

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