Who disabled my Reporting Service Instance Property in Management Studio?

Did you ever try to use SQL Server Management Studio(SSMS) to connect your Reporting Service engine? I believe you may connect SQL Server Database Engine or SSAS much more often but fewer people try this way to SSRS.

This thread is to walk through this option using SSMS to connect your reporting service.

To start, launch your SSMS in your start menu. In the SSMS connect dialog, choose “Reporting Services” in your service type and fill in the RS server name, also let’s choose windows authentication for this case then hit “connect” button. Yes, it takes a little bit longer time to connect if this is your first time to do so. Now connected!

First question you may have is what we can manage for SSRS in SSMS. In SSMS, we can manage all instance-level options including jobs, Security roles, shared schedules and the most important one, as least to me, is the property setup for SSRS. Now, let’s right click SSRS instance, in the following popup menu, please check out your last item: property. Surprise? Yes, it surprised me for a couple of times when I started to use this tool in the earlier time. The “property” item is, by default, disabled as shown in below picture.

SSMS-SSRS1How to turn it on? Easy and tricky! Shut down your SSMS first. Go to the Start menu and find the shortcut of SSMS, right click on it, choose “Run as administrator” in the popup menu. And connect to SSRS again. What do you see? It is working this time, right?!


Now, you ask, if the login I am using to connect SSRS is the member of Administrator Group, do I still need to run as administrator? The answer is firmly YES! Further, let’s check what we can setup in property window. A lot: Portal name, Enabling “My Reports”, execution options, History, logging and security, I like it, you know what. For some options, this is the only approach you can setup SSRS instance-level properties.


Alright, guess you got it. Have fun with SSRS property setup. See you next time.



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Derek Dai

focusing DB, Big Data and BI tech.

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