12 Jul 20182 minutes to read

The DataSource contains the connection properties or reference to an existing datasource in RDL.

Add a new DataSource

To bind data to a report item, a minimum of one data source is needed. A data source can be created through the below steps:

  1. In the configuration panel, click the Data icon to launch a Data configuration panel.

  2. To create a data source, switch over to the data source panel using the switcher icon on the top-right corner of the Data configuration panel.

  1. Click the DataSources in context menu, the DataSource panel will be loaded.

  2. In the DataSources configuration panel, click the New DataSource button. In the connection type panel, choose the data source type that you want to connect. Here, SQL connection type is used to demonstrate.

    In the new connection configuration panel,

    • In Name, specify the data source name without special characters.

    • In Server Name, you need to select existing server in the local network from the drop-down list or specify the specific remote server name like

    • In Authentication Type, choose Windows or SQL Server authentication.

    • In Username and Password, specify the username and password of the server.

    • In Database name, choose or enter a existing valid database on the specified server e.g. AdventureWorks.

  3. Finally, click Save in the New Connection panel and the new data source will be added in datasource pane like below.

    Now, the datasource will be added in the report and it is ready to create/use the data.