Follow the instructions that ship with SQL Server to install Reporting Services in your environment. The examples in this book assume that the SQL Server installation is on a local computer with the default configuration. The examples also assume that the login account has administrative permissions on the local computer.
Use SQL Server Configuration Managera tool used to manage services associated with SQL Serverto ensure that SQL Server and SQL Reporting Services services are running. Start Configuration Manager by selecting All Programs Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Configuration Tools SQL Server Configuration Manager from the Start menu. Select the SQL Server 2005 services Node in the left pane to view the state of each SQL Server 2005 Service as shown in the following figure.
Figure 2-1. SQL Server Configuration Manager
Ensure that Reporting Services are configured properly. To do so, start Reporting Services Configuration Manager by selecting All Programs Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Configuration Tools Reporting Services Configuration from the Start menu. The Reporting Services Configuration Manager Figure 2-2. Reporting Services Configuration Manager
Ensure that none of the items in the left pane are marked Not configured. Items marked Optional configuration or Recommended configuration don't need to be configured. Consult SQL Server Books Online for help using Configuration Manager.
Once you've checked that Reporting Services is correctly deployed, you can deploy the sample reports. Follow these steps to extract, compile, and deploy sample reports to the report server: