SSRS Reporting Services | Linking reports (drilldown) exercise | Create a Drill Through Table of Countries

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Software ==> SSRS Reporting Services  (99 exercises)
Version ==> SSRS 2016 and later
Topic ==> Linking reports (drilldown)  (4 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Subject ==> SSRS 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). Once you've done this:
  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

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Create a report called Local Films For Local People, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which includes these fields:


Select these fields from the Film table.


Add an Integer parameter to the report called CountryID.

Use the parameter to filter the dataset so that it returns only films whose CountryID field matches the value of the parameter.

Add a table which displays the other three fields and check that the report works:

Test results

Enter a number to test the report. Here we've used 118 which is the CountryID for Japan.


Edit the parameter to make it hidden then save and close this report.

Create a new report called Click a Country, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which includes these fields:

Dataset fields

Select these fields from the Country and Film tables.


Add a table which displays the Country field.

Apply a group expression so that the table is grouped on the Country field.

Add an expression to the table to count the number of films for each country.

Table design

The design of the table should resemble this one.


Assign an action to the Country text box so that clicking it opens the previous report you created and passes the value of the CountryID field to its parameter.


Apply these settings on the Action page of the Text Box Properties dialog box.


Test that your report works:

Testing report

You could apply formatting to indicate that each country name is clickable.


Save and close the report.

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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