How to: Configure Report Server Integration in SharePoint Central Administration

If you are configuring a report server to run within a deployment of a SharePoint product or technology, you must specify integration settings that determine the connection between the SharePoint technology instance and a Reporting Services report server:

  • You must be an administrator on the SharePoint site or farm to configure report server integration:

  • You must have installed the Reporting Services Add-in that provides the configuration pages.

  • You must also have a target report server that is already connected to a report server database that was created for SharePoint integrated mode of operations.

  • If you are configuring Reporting Services to run within a SharePoint server farm, you must also have a SharePoint Web front-end installed on the report server computer.

The settings that you specify are stored in the configuration database. If you are configuring integration for a farm that includes several virtual servers, the settings will be used by all Web front-ends that are enabled in a SharePoint farm and that have an installation of the Reporting Services Add-in.

If you later modify the Report Server service accounts or extend a SharePoint farm to include additional applications, you must re-run the grant database access command to update the access rights in the SharePoint configuration database. For more information, see Configuring the Report Server Service Account.

For more information about the complete set of tasks, see Configuring Reporting Services for SharePoint 3.0 Integration.


After you define a report server URL, use caution when modifying it later. Modifying a report server URL will disrupt the connection between the servers, affecting reports and models that are currently processing. If you change the report server URL on a production server, be sure to follow the planned downtime procedures established for your organization.

To specify report server integration settings in Central Administration

  1. In Administrator Tools, click SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration.

  2. Click the Application Management tab.

    In the Reporting Services section, you should see the following links: Manage integration settings, Grant database access, Set server defaults. If you do not see the section or the links, the Reporting Services Add-in is not installed on the computer or the feature is not activated. For more information, see How to: Activate the Report Server Feature in SharePoint Central Administration.

  3. Click Manage integration settings.

  4. In Report Server Web Service URL, specify the report server site that you want to use with the current SharePoint site or farm. The URL can point to a single report server instance, or it can be the virtual server name for a set of load-balanced report servers that run in a scale-out deployment.

    To get the URL, open the Reporting Services Configuration tool, connect to the report server, and click Web Service URL. Click the URL to verify it works. Copy the URL and paste it into Report Server Web Service URL.

    The report server URL includes a server name and a virtual directory that you specified in the Reporting Services Configuration tool. The following examples illustrate how a report server URL might be constructed:

    Do not specify http://localhost for a report server URL that is used throughout a SharePoint farm. A URL address that specifies http://localhost will not be valid for SharePoint Web front-ends that are installed on remote servers.

    If you installed the report server and the SharePoint technology instance side-by-side, check for virtual directory name conflicts. For more information about interoperability issues, see Deploying Reporting Services and Internet Information Services Side-by-Side.

  5. In Authentication mode, select either Windows Authentication or Trusted Authentication to specify whether the report server endpoint installed on the SharePoint server sends a header with a security token for an impersonated connection on the report server.

    All requests that originate from a user action on a Reporting Services application page are forwarded by the report server endpoint on the SharePoint Web application to a report server for processing. Depending on the authentication mode, the request may or may not include a SharePoint user identity token in the header.

    If the SharePoint Web application is configured for Windows Authentication and the Kerberos protocol is enabled, you can select Windows Authentication to connect through Windows integrated security. In this case, no user identity token is sent. Optionally, you can select Trusted Authentication to impersonate the trusted account and pass the SharePoint user information in the request header to the report server.

    If the SharePoint Web application is configured for Forms authentication, the request header will always include SharePoint user identity and any value you specify for Authentication mode is ignored. For more information about server connections, see Security Overview for Reporting Services in SharePoint Integrated Mode.

  6. Click OK.

  7. In the Reporting Services section, click Grant database access. During this step, the service account information is retrieved from the report server instance. A database login and permissions are created for the Report Server service account. Integrating a Reporting Services report server with a SharePoint Web application requires that the report server be able to access the SharePoint configuration and content databases. The Report Server service must be able to connect as trusted users with read and write permissions.

  8. Specify the name of the report server. By default, this is the name of the computer.

  9. Specify whether the instance is the default instance or a named instance. If you are not sure, start the Reporting Services Configuration tool and connect to the report server. In the Connect to a Report Server Instance dialog box, expand Instance Name to view a list of the instances installed on the server. MSSQLSERVER is the name of the default instance. All other instances are named instances.

  10. Click OK.

    The Enter Credentials dialog box opens.

  11. In the Enter Credentials dialog box, specify the User Name and Password to connect to the report server to retrieve the service account information. Be sure to enter credentials for an account that is a member of the local Administrators group on the report server computer.

  12. In the Reporting Services section, click Set server defaults.

  13. In Report History Default, set a site-wide default value for the number of copies of report history to retain. The default value provides an initial setting that establishes the number of snapshots that can be stored for each report. You can specify different limits in property pages for specific reports.

  14. In Report Processing Timeout, specify whether report processing times out on the report server after a certain number of seconds. This value applies to report processing on a report server. It does not affect data processing on the database server that provides the data for your report. The report processing timer clock begins when the report is selected and ends when the report opens. The value that you specify must be sufficient to complete both data processing and report processing.

  15. In Report Processing Log, specify whether the report server generates trace logs and the number of days the log is kept. You can specify whether the report server generates trace logs and the number of days the logs are kept. The logs are stored on the report server computer in the \Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.n\ReportServer\Log folder. A new log file is started each time the service is restarted. For more information about log files, see Report Server Service Trace Log.

  16. In Enable Windows Integrated Security, specify whether a connection to a report data source can be made using the Windows security token of the user who requested the report.

  17. In Enable Ad Hoc Reporting, specify whether users can perform ad hoc queries from a Report Builder report. Setting this option sets the EnableLoadReportDefinition property on the report server. If you clear this option, the report server will not generate clickthrough reports for reports that use a report model as a data source.

  18. Click OK.