How Do You Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services Report to Web Server?


Heather Bennett

Deploying SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports to a web server is a crucial step in making your reports accessible to users. In this tutorial, we will explore the process of deploying SSRS reports to a web server in a step-by-step manner.


Before we begin, there are a few prerequisites that need to be met:

  • SQL Server Reporting Services: Ensure that you have SQL Server Reporting Services installed on your machine or web server.
  • Report Project: Create a Report Project in Visual Studio or any other compatible reporting tool.

Step 1: Build the Report Project

The first step is to build the report project. This step ensures that all the necessary files and dependencies are compiled and ready for deployment.

To build the report project:

  1. Open your report project in Visual Studio or your preferred reporting tool.
  2. Navigate to the Build menu and click on “Build Solution” or use the keyboard shortcut (e.g., Ctrl + Shift + B).

Step 2: Publish the Report

The next step is to publish the report. Publishing creates the necessary files and configurations required for deployment.

To publish the report:

  1. In Visual Studio, right-click on your report project in the Solution Explorer, and select “Publish”.
  2. In the Publish window, specify the Target location where you want to publish your report files. This can be a local folder or a remote web server.
  3. You may also need to provide the necessary credentials or authentication details if deploying to a remote server.
  4. Click on “Publish” to start the publishing process.

Step 3: Verify the Deployment

After the publishing process is complete, it’s essential to verify if the deployment was successful. This step ensures that your reports are accessible and functioning correctly on the web server.

To verify the deployment:

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to the URL of your report server or web server where you published your reports.
  2. Login with your credentials if required.
  3. Navigate to the location where you published your reports and verify if they are accessible.
  4. Click on each report to ensure they open correctly and display accurate data.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during deployment or verification, consider these troubleshooting tips:

  • Check Server Configuration: Ensure that your web server or report server is properly configured with the necessary permissions and settings for SSRS.
  • Verify Data Sources: Make sure that any data sources used in your reports are accessible from the deployed location and have proper connection details.
  • Error Messages: Pay attention to any error messages or warnings displayed during deployment or verification, as they can provide valuable insights into potential issues.

Congratulations! You have successfully deployed SQL Server Reporting Services reports to a web server. Now, users can access and benefit from your valuable reports through a web browser!

I hope this tutorial was informative and visually engaging. Happy reporting!

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