This article created by MiniTool official gives a brief introduction to Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. It covers its definition, versions, software requirements, downloading, installation, as well as configuration.

What Is SQL Server Reporting Services?

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a server-based report generating software system developed by Microsoft. It’s part of the suite of Microsoft SQL Server services that contain SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS).

SQL Server Reporting Services Versions

  • Initial/first version as an add-on to SQL Server 2000 in 2004
  • Second version with SQL Server 2005 in November 2005
  • Third version as part of SQL Server 2008 R2 in April 2010
  • Fourth version as part of SQL Server 2012 in March 2012
  • Fifth version as part of SQL Server 2014 in March 2014
  • Sixth version as part of SQL Server 2016 in March 2016
  • Seventh version as part of SQL Server 2017 in October 2017
  • Eighth version as part of SQL Server 2019 in November 2019

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services Requirements

  • Operating system (OS): Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, or Windows 10
  • Framework: .NET 4.7 or later
  • Database: SQL Server Database Engine 2012 SP4 or later to save the report database
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MS SQL Server Reporting Services Download

Where to download the server reporting services of SQL? Of course, on Microsoft’s official website. Just go to, select the language you prefer, and click the Download button.

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How to Install SQL Server Reporting Services?

After downloading SSRS, you can install it on your machine following the below steps.

1. Find and double-click to open SQLServerReportingService.exe.

2. In the pop-up window, click the Install Reporting Services to continue.

install Microsoft SQL server report services

3. Choose an edition to install.

choose an edition of Microsoft SQL server reporting services to install

4. Read and accept the license terms.

5. Select Install Reporting Services only.

install reporting services only

6. Specify a location to install SQL server reporting services and click the Install button.

specify SQL server reporting services install location

7. You can choose to Configure report server immediately or just Close the window.

configure report server or exit

SQL Server Reporting Services Configuration

8. If you choose to manually configure the report server and customize settings, new windows will pop up like these. Just specify the server name and report server instance and Connect it.

report server connection

9. Then, you will get into the main interface of Report Server Configuration Manager. There, you can personalize service account, web service URL, SQL Server Reporting Services database, web portal URL, email settings, execution account, encryption keys, subscription settings, scale-out deployment, as well as Power BI Service (cloud).

Report Server Configuration Manager UI

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If you install a report server by using the files-only installation option, you must take advantage of the Reporting Service Configuration Manager to configure the server before you can use it. If you install a report server relying on the default configuration installation option, you can make use of the Configuration Manager to verify or modify the settings that are specified during setup. Configuration Manager can be used to configure a local or remote report server instance.

Functions of SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft SSRS provides a set of on-premises services and tools that create, deploy, and administrate mobile and paginated reports. It is managed through a web interface and can be applied to prepare and deliver all kinds of interactive and printed reports.

SQL Server Reporting Services SSRS offers an interface for Microsoft Visual Studio so that SQL administrators and developers are able to connect to SQL databases and make use of SSRS tools for formatting SQL reports in various complex ways. Also, SSRS provides a “report builder” tool for less professional users to format reports of less complexity.

MS SSRS solution flexibly delivers the right information to the right users. Users can consume the reports through web browsers, on their mobile devices, or via emails.

Also read: [Look] SQL Server Configuration Manager: Definition/Location/Uses

Extended Reading: Power BI Report Server

Power BI Report Server is an on-premises report server with a web portal in which you display and manage reports and KPIs (key performance indicator). Together with it come to the tools for creating Power BI reports, KPIs, mobile reports, and paginated reports. Your users are able to access those reports in different ways including by a web browser, mobile device, or e-mail.

Power BI Report Server

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