I'm confused on SSRS and BIDS and versions.


  • Hi,

    I've been learning reporting in BIDS 2008 on SQL Server 2008.  Now I see the program I am writing for apparently doesn't support custom reports written in BIDS 2008. Below is what is in their documentation.  I have a couple of questions.

    1. Is it possible to run two different versions of BIDS on a server?

    2. If not, is it possible to run BIDS 2005 on SQL Server 2008?


    Thank you so much.  


    Here is the text from documentation under software requirements:


    To create XXXXX custom reports, you must have the following Microsoft SQL Server software versions and components installed:

    Microsoft SQL 2008 Reporting Services Service Pack #1 plus Cumulative Update #1

    You must use SSRS 2008 as your reporting server.

    You can use Report Builder 1.0 that is provided as part of SSRS 2008 (in most editions) to create custom XXXXX reports. Unfortunately Report Builder 1.0 won't do what I want because of the restrictions on th available data sources.

    Business Intelligence Development Studio 2008 (also known as BIDS or Report Designer) that is provided with SSRS 2008 is NOT supported by XXXX for creating custom XXXX reports.

    To create custom reports with BIDS, you must use BIDS 2005. BIDS 2008 is not supported.

    Saturday, March 05, 2011 3:05 AM


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