How to: Configure a Report Server

Depending on options you selected during installation, the Report Server component might require additional configuration before you can use it. At a minimum, a report server configuration consists of the following:

  • A Report Server service account (configured during installation).

  • A Web service URL that provides access to the report server.

  • A report server database that stores application data, reports, and other items.

Setup configures the minimum settings if you select either of the following installation options: Native mode default configuration or SharePoint integrated mode default configuration. If you installed the report server in files-only mode (this is the Install but do not configure option in the Installation wizard), only the service account is configured. The Web service URL and report server database must be configured after Setup is finished.

Report Manager is an optional feature for a native mode report server, but it is recommended that you configure Report Manager so that you can grant user access to the report server and manage report server content. If you deploy a report server in SharePoint integrated mode, use the Web front-end of a SharePoint server to grant access.

Additional features, such as report server e-mail and the unattended execution account, can be configured as needed. For more information, see Reporting Services Configuration How-to Topics.

To configure a report server, use the Reporting Services Configuration tool.

To minimally configure a report server installation

  1. Start the Reporting Services Configuration tool and connect to the report server instance. For instructions, see How to: Start Reporting Services Configuration.

  2. Click Web Service URL to open the page for configuring a URL for the report server. For instructions on how to define the URL, see How to: Configure a URL (Reporting Services Configuration).

  3. Click Database to create the report server database. For instructions, see How to: Create a Report Server Database (Reporting Services Configuration).

  4. Go back to the Web Service URL page and click the URL to verify it works.

  5. Follow the instructions in "Next Steps" to complete your deployment.

Next Steps

To complete your deployment, you should configure Report Manager or SharePoint integration. For more information, see How to: Configure Report Manager or Configuring Reporting Services for SharePoint 3.0 Integration.

If you are using Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, additional steps are required before you can open Report Manager locally. For more information, see How to: Configure a Report Server for Local Administration on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Verify your installation by creating folders, uploading items, and running reports. Follow the instructions in How to: Verify a Reporting Services Installation to verify your installation.