Report Builder | Tables exercise | Report on a cube, including averages, rectangles and filters

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Software ==> Report Builder  (42 exercises)
Version ==> RB 3 or RB 2016
Topic ==> Tables  (6 exercises)
Level ==> Harder than average
Subject ==> Report Builder training
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help).

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This exercise asks you to create a report looking like this:

The final report

There's a lot to do for this - hints and tips follow!


To start off, 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 data source and then data set to show all sales for the town of Bootle:

Bootle sales

The first couple of the 7 rows returned.


Here are some hints to help you create the report itself:

  1. To get the blue dotted line around the edge of the report, you'll need to create a rectangle and put your table within it (you can then set the border lines for the rectangle).
  2. To get the average, click within the total cell and change Summarize By to Average.
  3. To get the spacing for the average box and its caption, set right padding.
  4. To omit lines having 20 items sold or more, you'll need to apply a filter to either the dataset or the table.

When you've finished, save this report as Bootle, then close it down.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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