Troubleshooting Initialization and Encryption Key Errors

This section describes initialization and encryption errors that are might occur during a scale-out deployment, upgrade, or during a recovery operation. Initialization and encryption errors indicate that the product is installed, but is not in a working state. Encryption errors indicate a problem with creating, storing, or reading the encryption keys used to protect sensitive data.

To get additional information about an error, view the ReportServerService_<timestamp>.log. This is the log file for the Report Server Windows service. If the log contains entries that state the service is not initialized, the first place to begin troubleshooting is with the Windows service. For more information, see Reporting Services Trace Logs.

Encryption and Initialization Errors

Initialization errors when you install a report server instance and choose an existing report server database for that instance. Typically, you choose an existing report server database because you are creating a node for a report server scale-out deployment. In this scenario, the initialization error is expected. For more information about this scenario, see Configuring a Report Server Scale-Out Deployment.

If you get an initialization error and you are not configuring a scale-out deployment, verify that the permissions on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\Reporting Services specify Full Control for the account used to run the Report Server Windows service.

Initialization errors and encryption key errors include the following messages.

The RPC server is not responding

This error occurs when an attempt is made to initialize the report server instance and the Report Server Windows service is not running.


This error occurs when a report server cannot decrypt the report server database connection settings or the unattended account settings in the rsreportserver.config file. The rsreportserver.config file contains encrypted values that can only be decrypted by the report server instance that created the entries. This error occurs if you use a report server configuration file that was copied from another server instance. If you get the rsFailedToDecryptConfigInformation error, you can resolve it by running rsconfig on the report server that is producing the error.


The report server database contains key information for a specific report server instance, but the keys are not valid. This occurs when you change the profile information of the report server instance.

The error message for rsReportServerDisabled is: "The Report Server Web service is not running as the Web service account specified in rsreportserver.config". To resolve this error, try the following:

  1. Run the Reporting Services Configuration tool or rsconfig to update the report server database connection so that it reflects the new profile information.
  2. Restore the keys to update the key information stored in the report server database.

For more information, see Configuring Service Accounts and Passwords in Reporting Services.

See Also


Initializing a Report Server

Other Resources

Troubleshooting Reporting Services

Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance