Settings Page: Web Service
Similar in its function to the Windows
Service Identity page, the Web Service Identity page affords us
a point for the maintenance of the service account under which the Reporting
Services Web Service runs. Like the previous service identity tab, the Web
Service Identity page allows us to modify the initial installation
settings. (Our options are restricted, within this context, if we have not
installed Reporting Services on the Windows 2003 Server operating
system or above. Should this be the case, refer to the Books Online and
other documentation for information about the identities that will be
Illustration 9 shows an example of the Web Service Identity page
9: Web Service Identity Page
Settings Page: Database Setup
The Database Setup (Database
Connection) page supports our specification of the report server database,
together with the connection credentials used by the report server at runtime.
We can also create a new MSSQL Server 2005 database from this page to
provide the storage we need to support Reporting Services, if necessary,
or, alternatively, we can select an existing MSSQL Server 2000 database
for upgrade to MSSQL Server 2005 from this point. Provision has also
been made for the deferred performance of some of the settings on this page via
An example of the Database
Setup (Database Connection) page is depicted in Illustration 10.
10: Database Setup (Database Connection) Page
Settings Page: SharePoint
The SharePoint Integration page
shown in Illustration 11 represents the default scenario, where the
report server instance is detected to be running in native mode.
10: SharePoint Integration Page
As the page notes, to integrate
the report server with the SharePoint product or technology, we would return to
the Database Setup (Database Connection) page and designate an
existing (or create / upgrade a new) MSSQL Server report server database with
which we would integrate our SharePoint Web application.
Settings Page: Encryption Keys
One of the most important uses for
the Encryption Keys page is to provide the capability to backup and restore
the public encryption key for Reporting Services. As the page notes,
the encryption key for report server safeguards sensitive information stored in
the report server database.
If we need to modify the account
under which the Reporting Services Windows service runs, if the business
requirement arises for the deployment of Reporting Services within a web
farm scenario, or in other situations that might arise where we might need to
extend our existing implementation via the addition of new Reporting
Services installations that need to interface with a pre-existing report
catalog, we will need to be able to access and restore the encryption key to
enable initialization of the report server. The need to back up, and to safely
store, the encryption key becomes readily apparent, not just for basic report
server recovery in emergencies, but for any of the needs here discussed.
The Encryption Keys page is
depicted in Illustration 12.
12: The Encryption Keys Page
Settings Page: Initialization
Primarily administrative in
nature, the Initialization page also allows us to view the initialization
status of a report server. The Initialization page allows us to both
initialize and remove report servers.
An example of the Initialization
page is shown in Illustration 13.
13: Initialization Page
Settings Page: E-mail Settings
Settings for report server e-mail
delivery had to be managed, in Reporting Services 2000, via direct
modification of the configuration files XML. These settings can now be more
easily and centrally managed, as a page of the Reporting Services
Configuration Manager. The E-mail Settings page allows us to specify
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) service settings, and thus the SMTP
server / gateway in our own environments upon which we wish to rely for e-mail
An example of the E-mail
Settings page is depicted in Illustration 14.
14: E-mail Settings Page
Settings Page: Execution
Last of the tabs in the left pane
of the Reporting Services Configuration Manager, the Execution Account page supports the
specification of the account under which tab Reporting Services carries
out unattended operations. An account with relatively low security /
privileges is typically adequate for this purpose. As noted on the page, some
functionality is disabled until such an account is specified.
An example of the Execution
Account page is shown in Illustration 15.
15: Execution Account Page
in the bottom right corner of the Reporting Services Configuration
dismiss the Configuration Manager (saving any changes that you have made
and wish to keep).
The Reporting Services
Configuration Manager can be quite useful to us, whether performing the
mandatory configuration of the report server for the first time after a
files-only installation, or to verify or modify the configuration settings that
were made during setup as a part of a default configuration installation. As
we noted, also, we can use the Configuration Manager to update the
report server database to the MSSQL Server 2005 format if we are upgrading from
a previous version.
article, we introduced Reporting Services Configuration Manager, a tool
that ships with Reporting Services 2005 and provides a single point of
report server configuration. We noted that such a single point of configuration
maintenance is a common attribute of enterprise reporting systems, in general.
Among several specialized utilities that complement the Report Manager
web interface for overall management of Reporting Services, the Reporting
Services Configuration Manager provides a central point of Report Server
configuration and ongoing management.
introducing the Reporting Services Configuration Manager, we discussed
how it enables us to manage related services, and to specify directories,
identities, and database connections, among other details surrounding our
installations of Reporting Services. We then undertook an examination of
each of these capabilities in the walkthrough that followed, touching upon each
of the configuration setting pages to get a detailed understanding of the
settings it supports.
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