ReportingService2010.CreateDataSource Method

Creates a new data source in a report server database or SharePoint library.

Namespace:  ReportService2010
Assembly:  ReportService2010 (in ReportService2010.dll)


<SoapHeaderAttribute("TrustedUserHeaderValue")> _
<SoapHeaderAttribute("ServerInfoHeaderValue", Direction := SoapHeaderDirection.Out)> _
<SoapDocumentMethodAttribute("", RequestNamespace := "",  _
    ResponseNamespace := "",  _
    Use := SoapBindingUse.Literal, ParameterStyle := SoapParameterStyle.Wrapped)> _
Public Function CreateDataSource ( _
    DataSource As String, _
    Parent As String, _
    Overwrite As Boolean, _
    Definition As DataSourceDefinition, _
    Properties As Property() _
) As CatalogItem
Dim instance As ReportingService2010
Dim DataSource As String
Dim Parent As String
Dim Overwrite As Boolean
Dim Definition As DataSourceDefinition
Dim Properties As Property()
Dim returnValue As CatalogItem

returnValue = instance.CreateDataSource(DataSource, _
    Parent, Overwrite, Definition, Properties)
[SoapHeaderAttribute("ServerInfoHeaderValue", Direction = SoapHeaderDirection.Out)]
[SoapDocumentMethodAttribute("", RequestNamespace = "", 
    ResponseNamespace = "", 
    Use = SoapBindingUse.Literal, ParameterStyle = SoapParameterStyle.Wrapped)]
public CatalogItem CreateDataSource(
    string DataSource,
    string Parent,
    bool Overwrite,
    DataSourceDefinition Definition,
    Property[] Properties
[SoapHeaderAttribute(L"ServerInfoHeaderValue", Direction = SoapHeaderDirection::Out)]
[SoapDocumentMethodAttribute(L"", RequestNamespace = L"", 
    ResponseNamespace = L"", 
    Use = SoapBindingUse::Literal, ParameterStyle = SoapParameterStyle::Wrapped)]
CatalogItem^ CreateDataSource(
    String^ DataSource, 
    String^ Parent, 
    bool Overwrite, 
    DataSourceDefinition^ Definition, 
    array<Property^>^ Properties
[<SoapHeaderAttribute("ServerInfoHeaderValue", Direction = SoapHeaderDirection.Out)>]
[<SoapDocumentMethodAttribute("", RequestNamespace = "", 
    ResponseNamespace = "", 
    Use = SoapBindingUse.Literal, ParameterStyle = SoapParameterStyle.Wrapped)>]
member CreateDataSource : 
        DataSource:string * 
        Parent:string * 
        Overwrite:bool * 
        Definition:DataSourceDefinition * 
        Properties:Property[] -> CatalogItem 
public function CreateDataSource(
    DataSource : String, 
    Parent : String, 
    Overwrite : boolean, 
    Definition : DataSourceDefinition, 
    Properties : Property[]
) : CatalogItem


  • DataSource
    Type: System.String
    The name for the data source including the file name and, in SharePoint mode, the extension (.rsds).
  • Parent
    Type: System.String
    The fully qualified URL for the parent folder that will contain the data source.
  • Overwrite
    Type: System.Boolean
    A Boolean expression that indicates whether an existing data source with the same name in the location specified should be overwritten.

Return Value

Type: ReportService2010.CatalogItem
A CatalogItem object for the newly created data source.


The table below shows header and permissions information on this operation.

SOAP Header Usage

(In) TrustedUserHeaderValue

(Out) ServerInfoHeaderValue

Native Mode Required Permissions

Creating a new data source: CreateDatasource on Parent

Updating an existing data source: UpdateContent on DataSource

Updating data source properties: UpdateContent AND UpdateProperties on DataSource

SharePoint Mode Required Permissions

Creating a new data source: AddListItems() on Parent

Updating an existing data source: EditListItems() on DataSource

If the .rsds extension is excluded from the data source name, an rsFileExtensionRequired error will be returned. If an .odc extension is given, an rsNotSupported error is returned.

If errors occur, the data source is not created.

The length of the Parent parameter cannot exceed 260 characters; otherwise, a SOAP exception is thrown with the error code rsItemLengthExceeded.

The Parent parameter cannot be null or empty or contain the following reserved characters: : ? ; @ & = + $ , \ * > < | . ". You can use the forward slash character (/) to separate items in the full path name of the folder, but you cannot use it at the end of the folder name.


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Services;
using System.Web.Services.Protocols;

class Sample
    static void Main(string[] args)
        ReportingService2010 rs = new ReportingService2010();
        rs.Url = "http://<Server Name>" + 
        rs.Credentials = 

        string name = "AdventureWorks.rsds";
        string parent = "http://<Server Name>/Docs/Documents/";

        // Define the data source definition.
        DataSourceDefinition definition = new DataSourceDefinition();
        definition.CredentialRetrieval = 
        definition.ConnectString = 
            "data source=(local);initial catalog=AdventureWorks";
        definition.Enabled = true;
        definition.EnabledSpecified = true;
        definition.Extension = "SQL";
        definition.ImpersonateUserSpecified = false;
        //Use the default prompt string.
        definition.Prompt = null;
        definition.WindowsCredentials = false;

            rs.CreateDataSource(name, parent, false, 
                definition, null);
        catch (SoapException e)
Imports System
Imports System.Web.Services
Imports System.Web.Services.Protocols

Class Sample

    Public Shared Sub Main()

        Dim rs As New ReportingService2010()
        rs.Url = "http://<Server Name>" + _
        rs.Credentials = _

        Dim name As String = "AdventureWorks.rsds"
        Dim parent As String = "http://<Server Name>/Docs/Documents/"

        ' Define the data source definition.
        Dim definition As New DataSourceDefinition()
        definition.CredentialRetrieval = _
        definition.ConnectString = _
            "data source=(local);initial catalog=AdventureWorks"
        definition.Enabled = True
        definition.EnabledSpecified = True
        definition.Extension = "SQL"
        definition.ImpersonateUserSpecified = False
        'Use the default prompt string.
        definition.Prompt = Nothing
        definition.WindowsCredentials = False

            rs.CreateDataSource(name, parent, False, _
                definition, Nothing)
        Catch e As SoapException
        End Try

    End Sub

End Class