The web portal of a report server (SSRS Native Mode)
APPLIES TO: ✔️ SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services and later ✔️ Power BI Report Server
The web portal of a Reporting Services report server is a web-based experience. In the portal, you can view reports, mobile reports, KPIs, and navigate through the elements in your report server instance. You can also use the web portal to administer a single report server instance.
What is the web portal
You can use the web portal to perform the following tasks:
- View, search, print, and subscribe to reports.
- Create, secure, and maintain the folder hierarchy to organize items on the server.
- Configure role-based security that determines access to items and operations. See Role definitions - predefined roles for details.
- Configure report execution properties, report history, and report parameters.
- Create shared schedules and shared data sources to make schedules and data source connections more manageable.
- Create data-driven subscriptions that role out reports to a large recipient list.
- Create linked reports to reuse and repurpose an existing report in different ways.
- Download common tools such as Report Builder and Mobile Report Publisher.
- Create KPIs.
- Send feedback or make feature requests.
You can use the web portal to browse the report server folders or search for specific reports. You can view a report, its general properties and past copies of the report that are captured in report history. Depending on your permissions, you might also be able to subscribe to reports for delivery to an e-mail inbox or a shared folder on the file system.
For information on supported browsers and versions, see Planning for Reporting Services Browser Support.
The web portal is used only for a report server that runs in native mode. It is not supported for a report server that you configure for SharePoint integrated mode.
Some web portal features are only available in specified editions of SQL Server. For more information, see Reporting Services Features supported by the Editions of SQL Server.
On a new installation, only local administrators have sufficient permissions to work with content and settings. To grant permissions to other users, a local administrator must create role assignments that provide access to the report server. The application pages and tasks that a user can subsequently access will depend on the role assignments for that user. For more information, see Grant User Access to a Report Server
If you are browsing to the web portal on the local machine that the server is running on, you may see a message indicating that you are not allowed to view this folder. This is due to Universal Access Control (UAC) and that you are not running the browser as an admin. You will need to give your account content manager rights on the folder by either browsing to the server remotely, or use Edge locally to configure the permissions. You are not able to run Microsoft Edge as an admin via the "Run as administrator" context menu. However, you can run Edge as the local administrator account by holding SHIFT + right-clicking on the edge shortcut and selecting "Run as a different user" then providing the local machine administrator account information in the login dialog. If you want to use the web portal remotely, you will need to give your account content manager rights on the folder.
Start and use the web portal
The web portal is a web application that you open by typing the web portal URL in the address bar of the browser window. When you start the web portal, the pages, links, and options that you see will vary based on the permissions you have on the report server. To perform a task, you must be assigned to a role that includes the task. A user who is assigned to a role that has full permissions has access to the complete set of application menus and pages available for managing a report server. A user assigned to a role that has permissions to view and run reports sees only the menus and pages that support those activities. Each user can have different role assignments for different report servers, or even for the various reports and folders that are stored on a single report server.
For more information about roles, see Granting Permissions on a Native Mode Report Server.
Start the web portal
To start the web portal from a browser, follow these steps:
Open your web browser. For a list of supported web browsers, see Planning for Reporting Services Browser Support.
In the address bar of the web browser, type the web portal URL.
By default, the URL is https://[ComputerName]/reports.
The report server might be configured to use a specific port. For example, https://[ComputerName]:80/reports or https://[ComputerName]:8080/reports.
Grouping by categories
The web portal will group items into different categories. The available categories are the following.
- Mobile Reports
- Paginated Reports
- Power BI Desktop Reports
- Excel Workbooks
- Data Sources
You can control what is displayed by selecting View in the upper right. If you select Show Hidden, those items will be displayed in a lighter color.
Power BI Desktop Reports and Excel Workbooks
You can upload, organize, and manage permissions for Power BI Desktop reports and Excel workbooks. They will be grouped together within the web portal.
The files are stored within Reporting Services, similar to other resource files. Selecting one of these items will download them locally to your desktop. You can save changes you've made by reuploading them to the report server.
Search for items
Enter a search term, and see everything you can access. The results are categorized into KPIs, reports, datasets, and other items. You can then interact with the results and add them to your favorites.
Web portal tasks
Create mobile reports with SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher
Configure a URL (Report Server Configuration Manager)
Reporting Services Tools
Planning for Reporting Services Browser Support
Reporting Services Features supported by the Editions of SQL Server
More questions? Try the Reporting Services forum