Archive for August, 2009

To view your SQL Server (or SSRS) reports using PowerShell, you can either use

  • plain browser + URL string combo
  • Report Viewer
  • Web Services

The script below shows the first two options.
If you are going to go with Report Viewer (and personally, that’s my preference), you will need to download the ReportViewer redistributable package

  • Report Viewer Redistributable 2005 SP1
  • Report Viewer Redistributable 2008 SP1

One of these days I will hammer through the Web Services option, and also play more with what can be done with Report Viewer. And when I have good demos, I definitely will post them here :)

#VANPASS August 2009
#PowerShell and SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services)
#Donabel Santos
# /
#Approach 1: simplistic approach - accessing report via URL
Set-Alias ie "$env:programfilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe"
#note you can control how the report is rendered via the parameters in the URL string
ie "http://localhost/ReportServer/Pages/ReportViewer.aspx?%2fReports%2fSample+Report&rs:Command=Render"
#Approach 2: using the ReportViewer
#You need to download the ReportViewer redistributable package
#I am qualifying this because I have more than one version in my system
#If you need webforms, use Microsoft.ReportViewer.WebForms
[void] [System.Reflection.Assembly]::Load("Microsoft.ReportViewer.WinForms, `
	Version=, Culture=neutral, `
#Windows.Forms for viewing dialog box
#System.IO because I want to export to Excel
#System.IO because I want to open Acrobat
#for credentials, if needed
$rv = New-Object Microsoft.Reporting.WinForms.ReportViewer;
$rv.ProcessingMode = "Remote";
$rv.ServerReport.ReportServerUrl = "http://localhost/reportserver";
$rv.ServerReport.ReportPath = "/Reports/Sample Report";
#if you need to provide basic credentials, use the following
#	New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential("myuser", "mypassword");
$rv.Height = 600;
$rv.Width = 800;
#Show as Dialog Using Windows Form
#create a new form
$form = New-Object Windows.Forms.Form;
#we're going to make it just slightly bigger than 
$form.Height = 610;
$form.Width= 810;
#Export to Excel
#now let's try exporting to Excel
$mimeType = $null;
$encoding = $null;
$extension = $null;
$streamids = $null;
$warnings = $null;
$bytes = $rv.ServerReport.Render("Excel", $null, 
                                [ref] $mimeType, 
                                [ref] $encoding, 
				[ref] $extension, 
				[ref] $streamids, 
				[ref] $warnings);
$file = "C:VANPASSsamplereport.xls";
$fileStream = New-Object System.IO.FileStream($file, 
$fileStream.Write($bytes, 0, $bytes.Length);
#let's open up our excel application
$excel = New-Object -comObject Excel.Application
$excel.visible = $true;
$excel.Workbooks.Open($file) | Out-Null;
#Export to PDF
$bytes = $rv.ServerReport.Render("PDF", $null, 
                                [ref] $mimeType, 
                                [ref] $encoding, 
				[ref] $extension, 
				[ref] $streamids, 
				[ref] $warnings);
$file2 = "C:VANPASSsamplereport.pdf";
$fileStream = New-Object System.IO.FileStream($file2, 
$fileStream.Write($bytes, 0, $bytes.Length);
#Other ways to render or access your reports:
#SSRS Web Services
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VANPASS Presentation and Demo Files on SQL Server and PowerShell

I did a presentation today for VANPASS on PowerShell and SQL Server – thank you to those who attended! It was a great lively crowd :) Thanks to Idera too – for the freebies – and to Black Ninja Software for the pizza and pop!

Here are the files as promised: VANPASS – SQL Server and PowerShell – Donabel Santos

The zipped file contains the presentation and all of the samples (ones that I demo’d, and ones I didn’t have time to demo). The demos are:

  • Demo 01 – Common PowerShell Tasks – Complete.PS1
  • Demo 02 – PowerShell Basics – Complete.PS1
  • Demo 03a – SQL Server 2008 Mini Shell – Complete.PS1
  • Demo 03b – Server and Database Properties.PS1
  • Demo 03c – SQL Server Services and Jobs.PS1
  • Demo 03d – Scripting SQL Server Objects.PS1
  • Demo 03e – Searching for Objects.PS1
  • Demo 03f – Basic DDL and DML Import.PS1
  • Demo 03f – Basic DML.PS1
  • Demo 03g – Backup and Restore.PS1
  • Demo 04 – SQL Server PSX – Complete.PS1
  • Demo 05 – SQL Server PSSnapin – Complete.PS1
  • Demo – SSIS.PS1
  • Demo – SSRS.PS1
  • Out-Report from Chad Miller

I have used a lot of resources when I was creating all these samples, and I have tried to enumerate them in my presentation. And I also just realized I had a lot of samples and was only able to get through 2/3 of them.

I enjoy presenting at VANPASS, it is always a great crowd. Please feel free to drop me a line, or comment on my blog, or message me on twitter(sqlbelle) – if you have other SQL Server PowerShell questions, or if you had questions at the presentation that I wasn’t able to address.

Thanks to Richard Baumet and Scott Stauffer for inviting me to speak.
And thanks to Idera too – I love using your PowerShell Plus!

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Free PowerShell Ebook (Mastering PowerShell) from

If you have the slightest interest in PowerShell, and you’re keen on learning more about it, I strongly recommend you download this book:

Mastering PowerShell (from and written by Dr. Tobias Weltner)

It is an awesome, well written 567 page book that covers PowerShell through and through. Here are the chapters:

  1. The PowerShell Console
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  3. Variables
  4. Arrays and Hashtables
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  6. Using Objects
  7. Conditions
  8. Loops
  9. Functions
  10. Scripts
  11. Finding and Avoiding Errors
  12. Command Discovery and Scriptblocks
  13. Text and Regular Expressions
  14. XML
  15. The File System
  16. The Registry
  17. Processes, Services, Event Logs
  18. Windows Management Instrumentation
  19. User Management
  20. Your Own Cmdlets and Extensions


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