How Do I Change the URL of a Report Server Web Service?

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Angela Bailey

Changing the URL of a Report Server Web Service is an important task that allows you to customize the web address through which you access your server. This can be useful when you want to align the URL with your organization’s naming conventions or when you need to migrate the server to a different domain. In this tutorial, we will explore the steps involved in changing the URL of a Report Server Web Service.

Step 1: Understanding the Configuration Files

Before we proceed with changing the URL, it’s essential to understand the role of configuration files in managing Report Server Web Services. The two primary configuration files we will be working with are:

  • rsreportserver.config: This file contains the main configuration settings for the Report Server Web Service.
  • rshost.config: This file contains additional settings specific to hosting environments.

To change the URL, we need to modify these configuration files appropriately.

Step 2: Locating the Configuration Files

The location of these configuration files may vary depending on your installation and environment. However, by default, they are typically found in the following directory:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSRS{version}.{InstanceName}\Reporting Services\ReportServer

Replace {version} with your SQL Server version (e.g., “SQL Server 2019”) and {InstanceName} with your Report Server instance name.

Step 3: Making Backup Copies

Prior to making any changes, it’s crucial to create backup copies of both rsreportserver.config and rshost.config files. These backups will serve as a safety net in case anything goes wrong during the modification process.

Step 4: Modifying rsreportserver.config

Open the rsreportserver.config file using a text editor and locate the Service tag. Inside this tag, you will find an attribute called UrlRoot. This attribute holds the current URL of the Report Server Web Service.

To change the URL, simply modify the value of the UrlRoot attribute to your desired web address. Make sure to include the protocol (e., http:// or https://) followed by the domain and path.

Note: If you are using a custom port number, ensure to include it as well (e., http://example.com:8080).

Step 5: Modifying rshost.config

The rshost.config file contains additional settings related to hosting environments. Open this file in a text editor and locate the VirtualDirectory tag.

Inside this tag, you will find an attribute called VirtualDirectoryBaseURL. This attribute holds the current base URL of the Report Server Web Service.

To change the base URL, modify the value of the VirtualDirectoryBaseURL attribute to match your desired web address. Again, make sure to include the protocol, domain, path, and port number if applicable.

Step 6: Saving Changes and Restarting Services

Saving your modifications in both rsreportserver.config is essential. After saving, restart all relevant services associated with your Report Server Web Service for changes to take effect.

A Quick Recap:

  1. Create backup copies of rsreportserver.config.
  2. Open rsreportserver.config and modify the UrlRoot attribute inside the Service tag.
  3. Open rshost.config and modify the VirtualDirectoryBaseURL attribute inside the VirtualDirectory tag.
  4. Save both configuration files.
  5. Restart relevant services to apply changes.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed the URL of your Report Server Web Service. Remember to test the new URL thoroughly to ensure everything is working as expected.

Note: Modifying configuration files without proper knowledge can lead to issues with your Report Server Web Service. Always exercise caution and consider consulting documentation or seeking assistance from a qualified professional if you are unsure about any step.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of changing the URL of a Report Server Web Service. With this newfound knowledge, you can now personalize your web address to better suit your organization’s needs!

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