Monday, March 26, 2012

How to copy SSRS 2005 reports from one folder to another

If you ever need to copy reports from one folder to another folder on SSRS 2005 server.

  • on the same server
  • it is copy not move
  • you do not have the BIDS source project
  • The report copies need to point to a different data source

This tedious task can be done as follows:

  • With the web browser in the reporting services home folder, create the new folder
  • to copy a report from the source folder to the destination folder
    • with the web browser go to the source folder
    • select ‘Show details’
    • click on the Edit icon next to the report name
    • in the edit page, click on the edit link, this will download a copy of the report, with rdl extension.
    • Store the file on your pc.
    • browse to the target folder you have created in the 1st step
    • click on ‘upload file’
    • Select the .rdl report file you have just downloaded.
    • Upload the file
  • to change the datasource of the reports in the new folder
    • If the reports were using shared datasource then create a new Data source in the Data Sources folder.
    • browse to the folder with the new report
    • select ‘Show details’
    • click on the Edit icon
    • in the menu on the left click on ‘Data Sources’
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    • Select a shared datasource, click on the Browse button.
    • In the Location Home/Data Sources select the new datasource.
    • now you should be able to open the report

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