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Showing "report description" in sharepoint portal RRS feed

  • Question

  • Reports inhibit a property called description. Once a report is being published to the standard portal the description will be shown.

    Once a report is being published to the report center no description is shown. The sharepoint view doesn't provide a description as well.

    In what way can this property, or any property, be read by sharepoint? 

    Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:24 PM

Answers

  • Hi giovi2012,

    The "Description" property of a report is not contained in the definition of the RDL file. Atucally, this property is defined after we deploy the report to a report server and modify the "Description" property. Then, the "Description" information is stored in the Catalog table of the ReportServer database.

    When we use the Reporting Services Web Service in a custom application, we can use the "Report.Description" property to get the existing description of the report. However, when we deploy a report from the Report Designer or Report Builder, it is not supported to set the report description. In this issue, I am afraid you need to go with the current approach to display the description information in the Title column of the report in a SharePoint Library.

    References:

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Mike Yin


    Mike Yin

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by giovi2012 Friday, September 7, 2012 5:16 PM
    Thursday, September 6, 2012 8:16 AM

All replies

  • Within SharePoint 2010 if you go an Edit a report's properties you should have a field called Title.  I've used that as an alternative to the Description field you get in Report Manager.  You can then change your view for the SharePoint library by going to the Library ribbon and selecting Modify View.  In the resulting screen you can choose which columns you want visible in your view, so select Title, decide where you want it displayed, and away you go!

    You can also create your own customised fields and then create views around those to achieve the same effect.

    Friday, August 31, 2012 11:36 AM
  • Hi Phil, exactlyt what we did before posing this question.

    This seems to be best alternative nevertheless when you publish the same report at multiple sites the inherit description would be a lot nicer as it is contained in the report.

    Maybe someone still knows the answer?

    Monday, September 3, 2012 8:23 PM
  • Hi giovi2012,

    The "Description" property of a report is not contained in the definition of the RDL file. Atucally, this property is defined after we deploy the report to a report server and modify the "Description" property. Then, the "Description" information is stored in the Catalog table of the ReportServer database.

    When we use the Reporting Services Web Service in a custom application, we can use the "Report.Description" property to get the existing description of the report. However, when we deploy a report from the Report Designer or Report Builder, it is not supported to set the report description. In this issue, I am afraid you need to go with the current approach to display the description information in the Title column of the report in a SharePoint Library.

    References:

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Mike Yin


    Mike Yin

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by giovi2012 Friday, September 7, 2012 5:16 PM
    Thursday, September 6, 2012 8:16 AM