Report Server Virtual Directory (Reporting Services Configuration)

Use the Report Server Virtual Directory page to configure the virtual directory for the report server. The virtual directory name is part of the URL used to access the Report Server Web service. The complete URL includes a prefix (http:// or https://), a server name, and a virtual directory. The server name might be a computer name on an internal network or a fully qualified domain name that is resolved by a domain name server on a private or public network.

The Report Server Web service requires a dedicated virtual directory that is used only by the report server. All Internet Information Services (IIS) settings that are required by Reporting Services are configured through the virtual directory you create.

You can use this page to create a report server virtual directory or re-apply the default settings to an existing virtual directory. If you are creating a virtual directory for a new Reporting Services installation, click New. When you create the virtual directory, the Reporting Services Configuration tool creates and configures the virtual directory through Internet Information Services (IIS). It also updates the configuration files with the report server URL. If the computer has a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate, you can specify that all calls to the Report Server Web service use a certificate.

You cannot select a virtual directory that you previously created. If you want to reuse a virtual directory name, you must use IIS Manager to delete the virtual directory. You can then use this page to create a new virtual directory with a previously used name.


Reporting Services requires a dedicated virtual directory for a report server. You cannot use an existing directory. In a new deployment, you must create a new virtual directory for report server access.


  • Name
    Specifies the virtual directory name.
  • New
    Opens the Create a Virtual Directory dialog box so that you can select an existing Web site to host the report server and type a virtual directory name. You must specify a unique name for the virtual directory. You must choose an existing Web site to host it.
  • Apply Default Settings
    Click Apply Default Settings to replace the existing virtual directory configuration with the default configuration. No custom settings are preserved.
  • Require Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connections
    Select this checkbox to specify the SSL connection level. You must have a certificate installed to use this option. You must also modify the UrlRoot configuration setting in the RSReportServer.config file so that it specifies the fully qualified name of the computer for which the certificate is registered. For more information, see Configuring a Report Server for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Connections in SQL Server Books Online.
  • Require for:
    Specifies the SSL connection level in the report server properties. There are three levels:

    1 - Connections only

    2 - Report data

    3 - Entire Web service API

    The levels are cumulative. Level 3 is the most secure. Level 0 is not a value in the dropdown list, but you can use it to specify no SSL connection. For more information, see Using Secure Web Service Methods in SQL Server Books Online.

  • Certificate Name
    Specifies the fully qualified computer name for which the certificate is registered. The name that you specify must be identical to the name for which the certificate is registered.

See Also


Reporting Services Configuration F1 Help

Other Resources

Configuring Report Server Virtual Directories
Configuring a Report Server for Internet Access

Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance