Specifying Paths to External Items (Report Builder 2.0)

You specify paths in report item properties to reference items that are external to the report definition file and are stored on a report server, such as drillthrough reports, subreports, and image files.


In Report Builder 2.0, paths to items must specify items on a report server. You can preview a report that uses these items only if you are connected to the report server where the items are located. Paths to items on a file system are not supported.

When you specify a path for an external item in a dialog box for actions, subreports, or images, you can browse directly to the report server and select the item.


The recommended way to specify a drillthrough report or subreport is to browse to and select the item directly from the report server. If you choose the report item by using the Browse button, the correct parameter names will be available in a drop-down list when you specify report or subreport parameters. When you change an item path to point to a different item, you must manually update the correct parameter names and values as needed.

The path can be one of the following:

  • A relative path to the item from the main report. For example, ../AllSubreports/Subreport1. The .. indicates the folder above the folder where the main report is located.


    Relative paths are not supported when the report is run inside Report Builder 2.0. To view a report that uses relative paths to external items, save the report to the report server, and run the report from there

  • A full path to the item. On a report server, the path will start from /, the Home folder. For example, /Reports/Subreport1. On a SharePoint site, the path is the full URL of the item. For example, For example, http://server/site/library/folder/Report1.rdl.