Using SQL Reporting Services 2005 and Forms Authentication with the Whidbey/2.0 SQLMembershipProvider

I saw a question last week asking if one could use the new 2.0 SQLMembershipProvider to build a Forms Auth solution with SSRS, so I created a prototype to find out. Long story short, you can.


Here's a walkthrough which will leave you with the following:


  • A make-believe web app which utilizes the VS 2005 Login controls to do Forms Authentication

  • SSRS configured to use Forms Auth, too

  • A modified SQL Reporting Services Forms Auth security extension which will use the SQLMembershipProvider

  • SSRS and the web app able to "share" auth cookies -- Logon one place, and you automatically are authenticated on the other application


Disclaimers, warnings, and assumptions:


  • I have not tested the "final product" of this walk-though in the real world. The only thing I can say is that it seems to work. You must perform your own due diligence to make sure my suggestions work for you, and that they make sense in your security environment.

  • This walkthrough also assumes you have done nothing with Membership on your machine yet...If you've already set it up, some of these steps won't apply.

  • You do have all the SSRS samples installed, right? If not, do not pass go.


Part 1: Basic Setup


After you're done with this "Basic Setup" section, both your web app and SSRS will utilize Forms Authentication. However, the two applications will *not* be integrated in any way (yet).


1. Work through this handy PAG paper to create your sample web app, configuring it to use SQLMembershipProvider:


NOTE: In step 4 of this article ("Create a New User"), make sure you write the username/password down -- you'll actually use them later when you're playing around with SSRS.

2. Test your work and make sure everything works per the article.


3. Browse to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Samples\Reporting Services\Extension Samples\FormsAuthentication Sample folder, and follow the instructions in  Readme_FormsAuthenication.htm to configure Forms Auth for SSRS


NOTE: In the "Testing the Sample" section of the instructions, pay attention to steps 3 and 4. Use the *same* username and password you created when setting up your sample web app just a little while ago.


4. Test SSRS and make sure that Forms Auth works.


FYI, in the previous two steps you're going to be doing some work that actually is wasted -- Namely, setting up a database / table that the SSRS security extension will use to store user names and passwords. Ultimately, the extension is going to leverage the database you created in step 1. But, go ahead, bite the bullet, and do this anyway -- you need to be 100% sure that SSRS Forms Auth is working BEFORE you try and integrate the SQLMembership provider.

Part 2: Modify SSRS to use SQLMembershipProvider


1. Crack open the Forms Authentication project (C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Samples\Reporting Services\Extension Samples\FormsAuthentication Sample) again.


2. Add a reference to System.Web


3. Open AuthenticationExtension.cs, and add a using statement to the top of the class:


     using System.Web.Security;


   Next, find the LogonUser() method.


4. Replace the code in the method with this:


  if(Membership.ValidateUser(userName, password))

  {return true;}


  { return false; }


5. Find IsValidPrincipalName()...replace the code you see with this:


  MembershipUser mUser;

  mUser= Membership.GetUser(principalName);

  if (mUser == null)


    return false;




    return true;



6. Save your work, build the project, and re-deploy the security extension and its PDB file to same locations you copied it to while following the instructions in Readme_FormsAuthenication.htm.


7. Copy the <membership> section you used in Part 1, step 1 (setting up the web app) to your clipboard. 


8. Backup the web.config file found in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.?\Reporting Services\ReportServer  folder.


    (? will equal a number between 1-X, representing where you installed SSRS...I don't know where that is)


9. Open web.config and paste the <membership> section right below the <authorization> section. Save it.


10. Navigate to C:\WINNT\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\CONFIG (or wherever framework 2.0 is installed)


11. Backup machine.config




You've probably noticed that while you pasted in the <membership> element to web.config, you didn't also paste in the connection string that <membership> needs to connect to the user store. For some reason I just could not get this to work. If I pasted a connection string in, Report Manager would fail.


If you have the time or inclination to figure out if/where you can paste the connect string in web.config, let me know and I'll post your findings: This should work, but I just don’t have the patience to put the time in.


As a fallback, I'm just pasting the connect string into machine.config

12. Open up machine.config. Seach the file for an existing <connectionStrings> section. Mine was between the <runtime> and <> sections. In my case, there was already a single connection string name "LocalSQLServer" defined.


13. Add the same connect string you used in Part 1, Step 1. My completely modified section looked like this:


  ...<runtime />



   <add name="LocalSqlServer" connectionString="data source=.\SQLEXPRESS;Integrated

    Security=SSPI;AttachDBFilename=|DataDirectory|aspnetdb.mdf;User Instance=true" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />

   <add name="foo" connectionString="data source=.;uid=sa;pwd=leave.MeAlone;database=aspnetdb" />





14. Save machine.config.


Browse to http://localhost/reports. If you copied everything correctly, SSRS should start and you should be provided with the SSRS login dialog. Go ahead and logon to make sure your changes work...You might also want to do something like rename the "SQL" users table you created in Part 1, Step 3, while setting up SSRS Forms Auth…by whacking this table, you can be sure that we're going against the SQLMembershipProvider store.


OK, so now you have SSRS working against the SQLMembershipProvider. We're almost home free.


Part 3: Allow SSRS and a web app to share cookies.


1. Read this:


2. Now that you've read the article above, you know that we need to modify web.config for both the web app and SSRS. You'll also be very aware that:

  •    We'll make sure all the values in the <forms> section of each web.config file are identitcal

  •    We'll add a <machinekey> element to both web.config files which contains the same value

  •    We'll make sure that <machinekey> lives right under the <authentication> section.

   Here's the applicable portion of SSRS's web.config (found in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.?\Reporting Services\ReportServer)


<authentication mode="Forms">

   <forms loginUrl="logon.aspx" name="sqlAuthCookie" timeout="60"



   <machineKey validationKey="C50B3C89CB21F4F1422FF158A5B42D0E8DB8CB5CDA1742572A487D9401E3400267682B202B746511891C1BAF47F8D25C07F6C39A104696DB51F17C529AD3CABE" decryptionKey="8A9BE8FD67AF6979E7D20198CFEA50DD3D3799C77AF2B72F" validation="SHA1"/>


...and here's what the web.config for my web app looks like:


<authentication mode="Forms">

            <forms name="sqlAuthCookie" timeout="60"/>


<machineKey validationKey="C50B3C89CB21F4F1422FF158A5B42D0E8DB8CB5CDA1742572A487D9401E3400267682B202B746511891C1BAF47F8D25C07F6C39A104696DB51F17C529AD3CABE" decryptionKey="8A9BE8FD67AF6979E7D20198CFEA50DD3D3799C77AF2B72F" validation="SHA1"/>

 You’re done!


I’d suggest you modify the default.aspx page you created for your web app and put a command button on the form which will allow you to response.redirect to SSRS.


After you’ve done that, hit your web app and login. After you have logged in, you’ll redirected to default.aspx. Click the button on default.aspx, and voila, you’re inside SSRS…



Comments (75)

  1. Shiv says:

    Hello Russell,

    This is very interesting. We were waiting to use the custom authentication on SRSS using forms for the longrest time and I am glad we can do it now. I really like your step-by-step overview on how to accomplish the authentication. However, would you shed some light on how the permissions to the various reports on the report server would be setup? For example we want the admin reports to be viewable only by admins, etc.




  2. Hi Shiv — Maybe I don’t understand your question — However, you set up permissions on reports just they way you would before switching to Forms Auth — You’d add the machineAdministrators group to the Browser Role of a report in order to allow admins to view the report, for example.

  3. Trish says:

    We are using a web app with our own custom authentication using cookies.  We want to be able to use that cookie to bypass the login screen when displaying a report to the user.  Is this possible and if yes, how?

  4. Kris says:


    It is a great tip.

    It works fine.

    One help required:

    In Report Manager, how do you assign roles to groups with Role Manager enabled?

    Presently, it is only taking usernames, but not accepting group names.

    I have membership and roles enabled in my application calling the report server.

  5. Yes, you can do this and it will happen automatically (the login screen will only be displayed if the cookie doesn’t exist). See:

  6. I haven’t played with this, sorry.

  7. Wan says:


    it is great to interoperate SQLmembershipprovider with RSS2005.

    But i need to hardcode the  Membership.ApplicationName of the website somewhere in the RSS2005.

    How if there are multiple website ( with different Membership.ApplicationName ) that need to access the same RSS2005 , but the RSS 2005 can only take one Membership.ApplicationName ?? ??

    PLease help….i stuck in this..thanks


  8. No, this wouldn’t work…you essentially want o "multiplex" the user database, which we don’t do…You couldn’t do this in an ASP.NET app scenario, either.

  9. wan says:

    OK. thanks for youre reply..

    Another question. I have manage to make SQLmembershipprovider with RSS2005 to work. Thanks for your guide..

    But the subscription couldnt work. In the log file, it said that couldnt load authorization extension. Cant find any more info in the log. Do you have any idea ?

  10. Can you post the complete error message coming out of your log?

  11. Dirk says:

    Hi, I managed to get the FormsAuth to work from both (FormsAuth demo app) and the direct login to http://SERVERNAME/Reports.

    But I can’t get it to work to use the cookie from the web app to automatically login to RS. The custom Login.aspx is shown every time after I try to redirect to http://SERVERNAME/Reports.

    I’m sure that I use only a single SQLServer tables users and I ca login with identical credentilas in both apps.

    How can I validate if the cookie is passed from ASP to RS?

    Is it possible to use the ReportViewer Control ( 2.0, ) in my app and give the control the credentials from the forms auth?

    Thanks a lot,


  12. Sreeni KCH says:

    We are very thankfull for your step by step approach.  Everything works fine.  But i have situation, while accessing the Report Builder, its asking again userid and password.  How can i bypass that.

  13. Kris_usa says:

    Cannot find Readme_FormsAuthenication.html file and this directory. Can you post it?

  14. Sreeni — There is no way to pass credentials to Report Builder if not using Windows Auth, so you will always be prompted for credentials in this scenario — There is no way around it. Sorry.

  15. Sreeni KCH says:

    As i mentioned earlier i successfully implemented the forms authentication.  But i am getting the following error while generating the report using Report Builder.  "The permissions granted to user ‘user1’ are insufficient for performing this operation.  (rsAccessDenied)".

    Could you please help me out on this.

  16. Have you granted user1 Execute Report Definitions? Sometimes people miss that.

  17. Sreeni KCH says:

    How can i give user1 Execute Report Definitions?  Please explain how can i do that.

  18. Use Report Manager | Site Settings. It is a system-level task, so you will need to assign Execute Report Definition to a system role, then put user1 in that role.

  19. Sreeni KCH says:

    After forms auth implementation I am getting the following error:  Could you please help me out.

    System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapException: Server was unable to process request. —> System.Web.HttpException: Access to the path ‘C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSSQL.2Reporting ServicesReportServerApp_Data’ is denied. —> System.UnauthorizedAccessException: Access to the path ‘C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSSQL.2Reporting ServicesReportServerApp_Data’ is denied. at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath) at System.IO.Directory.InternalCreateDirectory(String fullPath, String path, DirectorySecurity dirSecurity) at System.IO.Directory.CreateDirectory(String path, DirectorySecurity directorySecurity) at System.IO.Directory.CreateDirectory(String path) at System.Web.DataAccess.SqlConnectionHelper.CreateMdfFile(String fullFileName, String dataDir, String connectionString) — End of inner exception stack trace — at System.Web.DataAccess.SqlConnectionHelper.CreateMdfFile(String fullFileName, String dataDir, String connectionString) at System.Web.DataAccess.SqlConnectionHelper.EnsureSqlExpressDBFile(String connectionString) at System.Web.DataAccess.SqlConnectionHelper.GetConnection(String connectionString, Boolean revertImpersonation) at System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider.GetPasswordWithFormat(String username, Boolean updateLastLoginActivityDate, Int32& status, String& password, Int32& passwordFormat, String& passwordSalt, Int32& failedPasswordAttemptCount, Int32& failedPasswordAnswerAttemptCount, Boolean& isApproved, DateTime& lastLoginDate, DateTime& lastActivityDate) at System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider.CheckPassword(String username, String password, Boolean updateLastLoginActivityDate, Boolean failIfNotApproved, String& salt, Int32& passwordFormat) at System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider.CheckPassword(String username, String password, Boolean updateLastLoginActivityDate, Boolean failIfNotApproved) at System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider.ValidateUser(String username, String password) at System.Web.Security.Membership.ValidateUser(String username, String password) at Microsoft.Samples.ReportingServices.CustomSecurity.AuthenticationExtension.LogonUser(String userName, String password, String authority) in C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL Server90SamplesReporting ServicesExtension SamplesFormsAuthentication SamplecsFormsAuthenticationAuthenticationExtension.cs:line 73 at Microsoft.ReportingServices.WebServer.RSCustomAuthentication.LogonUser(String userName, String password, String authority) at Microsoft.ReportingServices.WebServer.ReportingService2005.LogonUser(String userName, String password, String authority) — End of inner exception stack trace —

  20. Sreeni KCH says:

    How to add groups, after implementing the Forms Authentication? Is there any way where i can configure groups?

  21. Patrick says:

    I want to do authentication without using Login control.  Is that possible, if so what would be the code for that?

  22. mljdtj says:

    I followed all the steps outlined above and am getting the following error message now when I try to load reportmanager…

    [NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.]

      Microsoft.ReportingServices.UI.GlobalApp.Application_AuthenticateRequest(Object sender, EventArgs e) +44

      System.Web.SyncEventExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute() +92

      System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously) +64

  23. rubia says:

    i have set up custom authentication and everything works fine when I access a report from a c# app using URL. but if I use reportviewer control or web service then i get this error  The request failed with the error message: — <html><head><title>Object moved</title></head><body> <h2>Object moved to <a href="/ReportServer/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2freportserver%2fReportExecution2005.asmx">here</a>.

      please help me to solve this error

  24. anagrah says:

    Hello rubia,

    I am getting the same problem that you have mentioned above. Did you get resolved that problem?. Does any one else has idea why I am getting this this error.

    Error detail:

    I using custom authentication and everything works fine when I access a report from a c# app using URL. but if I use reportviewer control or web service then i get this error  The request failed with the error message: — <html><head><title>Object moved</title></head><body> <h2>Object moved to <a href="/ReportServer/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2freportserver%2fReportExecution2005.asmx">here</a>.

    please help me to solve this error

  25. Around .NET says:

    Reporting Services 2005, as like its predecessor but now without edition limits, allows the developers…

  26. Leana says:

    Hi !

    I managed to get the custom authentication to work well for some time, but recently I’ve had a problem : it seems that the report server "loses" the informations about the user or it’s profile after a random amount of time, and I get error messages like "The permissions granted to user ” are insufficient for performing this operation.  (rsAccessDenied)" either with an empty user name, or with the username when it has just lost the role.

    Would anybody have an idea about what is happening, and how to solve that ?

  27. Eugene Rainey says:

    Regarding the "object moved" error, if you are using ReportViewer you need to implement IReportServerCredentials. See the following article:

  28. Phil passed along a blog entry from one of our SQL colleagues which mentions how to support Forms Authentication

  29. kukabuka says:

    Did anyone figure out how to post the connection string in the web.config instead of the machine.config?  

  30. Vince says:

    I have setup forms authentication for SQL 2005 RS and it works fine except for subscriptions.  If I subscribe to a report using Report Manager when logged in as a user other than the "Admin" defined in rsreportserver.config, the subscription fails.  I looked up the log files and found the following error:

    ReportingServicesService!library!d!11/27/2006-14:56:01:: e ERROR: Throwing Microsoft.ReportingServices.Diagnostics.Utilities.InternalCatalogException: An internal error occurred on the report server. See the error log for more details., ;

    Info: Microsoft.ReportingServices.Diagnostics.Utilities.InternalCatalogException: An internal error occurred on the report server. See the error log for more details. —> System.Configuration.Provider.ProviderException: The Role Manager feature has not been enabled.

      at System.Web.Security.Roles.GetRolesForUser(String username)

    It goes on to list the "CheckAccess" method of my CustomSecurity module.

    How does the subscription delivery driver work with forms auth?

    It appears that subscription delivery does not recognize that role manager is enabled when Report Manager and my application both work fine with role manager.

  31. Akash Jain says:

    Put ConnectionString below ConfigSection in web.config file of ReportServer.

    It worked for me.

    SSRS’s web.config (found in C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSSQL.?Reporting ServicesReportServer)



       <section name="RStrace" type="Microsoft.ReportingServices.Diagnostics.RSTraceSectionHandler,Microsoft.ReportingServices.Diagnostics" />



       <add name="MyLocalSQLServer" connectionString="Initial Catalog=aspnetdb;data source=blre331;Integrated Security=SSPI;" />


  32. I dont have time for a lengthy post, so here is some link-love for some great articles that have helped

  33. Kevin Thomas says:

    I understand the authentication extension that has been done in the samples I’ve seen.  However, I haven’t understood the authorization framework in a way that makes it useful for a project my company is building.  We’d like to use authorization from an external website’s security model.  We’ll know the username with an authorization security extension in CheckAccess, GetPermissions, but want to use the authorization from an external source. All we seem to have access to in the IAuthorizationExtension interface is the ACL for a given item, not any other information about the item ( such as its path or name ) except for its type.  How should the ACLs be managed for the items?  I’d like to avoid the users using Reporting Services web site to have to manage a separate authorization system from the external website’s authorization system.

  34. chi says:

    "As i mentioned earlier i successfully implemented the forms authentication.  But i am getting the following error while generating the report using Report Builder.  "The permissions granted to user ‘user1’ are insufficient for performing this operation.  (rsAccessDenied)"."

    "Have you granted user1 Execute Report Definitions?"

    i followed "Use Report Manager | Site Settings. It is a system-level task, so you will need to assign Execute Report Definition to a system role, then put user1 in that role."

    my question is how do i  put user1 in the new role ?

  35. MM says:

    How do you programmatically set permissions using the RSS2005 WebService? There is only a GetPermissions method and a SetProperties() method. But there is no ‘security’ property.

    I want to give write access to Report Builder users to save to their own folders and read access to the suborganization folder that they belong to etc.

    I cannot use the ‘My Reports’ folder feature because it restricts them to their own folder but does not grant them read access to the suborganization folder.

  36. MM says:

    Sorry I found that I was supposed to use SetPolicies to set permissions. My next questions is, I am using ReportingService.asmx, but there’s another service called ReportingService2005.asmx. What is the difference?

  37. ReportingService.asmx is the SSRS 2000 Webservice, which was kept around for backwards compat. You shouldn’t use it if you can avoid doing so, however as it will probably "go away" in the next version of SQL.

  38. Pritesh Gandhi says:


    I want do the Authorization in form Authentication.Only user can access this much reports that belonging in to the particular Reply.

  39. Andy says:

    I have Forms authentication working fine, but when deploying Reports using Visual Studio it fails to display a login popup, with error "The permissions granted to user ” are insufficient for performing this operation.

    What’s the solution?

  40. Vivek Harne says:

    How to set the authentication mode to SSRS.

  41. SwissToni says:


    Nice article.  I have a problem with report manager, when I login to it I get redirected back to the UILogin.aspx even though the CustomSecurity extension try to redirect to the Folder.aspx.  Any ideas why this would happen?  I can login to the Report Server with out any problem.


  42. DS says:

    Report Builder prompts for credentials every time it is launched. Is there any way to skip this since in my web app, the user has already entered his credentials once?

  43. SwissToni, I’m guessing you initially navigatge to SSRS using "http://localhost/Reports&quot; instead of "http://machineName/Reports&quot;. If you don’t use the machinename, you can see this behavior.

  44. Hi DS –

    If you use any sort of authentication mechanism beyond Windows in SSRS, Report Builder will always prompt for credentials. There are discussions of this elsewhere on the blog.

  45. DS says:

    Hello Russell,

    Thanks a lot for the reply.

    Since skiping the Report Builder prompt is not possible, is there any way to customize the authentication failure message that this prompt throws on entering invalid credentials in case of Forms Authentication?

  46. SwissToni says:

    Hi Russell,

    That was the problem.  Many thanks.

  47. DS says:

    Hi Russell,

    Im facing another problem using Forms Authentication of SSRS 2005.

    when i try to call any of the SOAP functions of ReportingService2005.asmx in my FormsAuthentication application, i get following error:

    The request failed with the error message: — <html><head><title>Object moved</title></head><body> <h2>Object moved to <a href="/ReportServer/logon.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fReportServer%2fReportService.asmx">here</a>.</h2> </body></html> –.  

    But if I type

    "[servername]/reportserver/ReportExecution2005.asmx" into a browser, I get the webservice wsdl:definitions as I would expect.  

    Can you please help me out in this?

    It is very important for our project to get this solved. Any help would be much appreciated.



  48. You’re not in SharePoint Integrated mode, are you? Also, are you calling LogonUser before you call the other SSRS web service methods?

  49. DS says:

    Thanks a lot for the reply.

    No, I was not in the SharePoint Integrated mode but I know that for the same issue in the SharePoint Integrated mode with the Forms Authentication, Microsoft has given a hotfix (KB 939942) on 16th july 2007.

    For more information, visit the following link:

    Now coming back to my problem, I got this one resolved. I discovered that the credentials/cookie of my ReportingServices2005 object were not getting set properly. This are getting set properly now and things are working fine.


  50. clark says:

    hmm .. logging in from ReportServer/Logon.aspx gives an error containing "Invalid object name ‘Users’" (I renamed the UserAccounts.Users table). Logging in via my app login page or the Reports/UILogon.aspx page works as expected. Any help greatly appreciated.

  51. Josh says:

    I’ve successfully implemented a forms custom security extension to authenticate against our LDAP server.

    However, deployment via Visual Studio fails due to insufficient permissions and does not prompt for login credentials to the server.

    Is there any way to deploy directly from Visual Studio while using Forms authentication?

  52. Manoj Kumar Sinha says:

    I am using Sql server 2005 reporting services. I have created reports on server. I want — to connect reportserver from client’s PC and Reports with Records should come logged in User wise. This I want to place on different panes, as this happens with Google Analytics and msn sites.

  53. Hi – Reporting Services isn’t an analytics suite, it’s a reporting tool. You’re not going to find all the fun dynamic drag-and-drop stuff because it’s not meant for that purpose.

  54. Gavin Ramm says:

    Hi, I’m not using the SQL membership provider im using an LDAP membership. Will this solution work with this also?

  55. Sure, but you’ll have to re-write your code to talk to the LDAP provider.

  56. Krishni says:

    Hi there

    I am trying to follow steps above, but at step 3, where i compile the sample application I get and wrror when browsing to the report server : http://<report server>/reports. The error is "loginURL is not a valid site element"

    What am i doing wrong?

    thanks in advance


  57. Krishni says:

    hi there

    I have managed to get the application working….yay. BUT i can only log on with the admin credentials while if I use a normal user then I get the following error when trying to use normal user credentials

    System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapException: Logon failed. —> Microsoft.ReportingServices.Diagnostics.Utilities.LogonFailedException: Logon failed. at Microsoft.ReportingServices.WebServer.RSCustomAuthentication.LogonUser(String userName, String password, String authority) at Microsoft.ReportingServices.WebServer.ReportingService2005.LogonUser(String userName, String password, String authority) — End of inner exception stack trace — at Microsoft.ReportingServices.WebServer.ReportingService2005.LogonUser(String userName, String password, String authority)

    any help will be appreciated


  58. Ryan says:

    I have successfully completed form authenication with and without LDAP provider.

    How do i call the function SetPolicies?

    When someone logs into the system, I want to set there role to browser. but I can’t get it to work. Any ideas?

               Dim test As Microsoft.Samples.ReportingServices.CustomSecurity.ReportingService2005

               Dim Item As String = "/"

               Dim Policies(0) As Microsoft.Samples.ReportingServices.CustomSecurity.Policy

               Policies(0) = New Microsoft.Samples.ReportingServices.CustomSecurity.Policy

               Policies(0).GroupUserName = TxtUser.ToString

               ‘Policies(0).Roles = New Microsoft.Samples.ReportingServices.CustomSecurity.Role(0) {}

               Policies(0).Roles(0) = New Microsoft.Samples.ReportingServices.CustomSecurity.Role

               Policies(0).Roles(0).Name = "Browser"

               Policies(0).Roles(0).Description = "May view folders, reports and subscribe to reports."

               test.SetPolicies(Item, Policies)

  59. Vince says:

    We are using RS 2005 SP1 with Forms Authentication.

    Most functionality appears to be working correctly, however there are 2 troublesome issues in Report Manager:

    #1. My Subscriptions page returns "There are no items to show in this view. Click Help for more information about this page."

    This happens even for the RS admin account defined in the rsreportserver.config file

    #2. Non-admin users can create their own subscriptions, but they cannot edit them since the "Edit" link is not available in Report Manager.

    I have done extensive testing via trial and error – if I turn on the "Manage all subscriptions" task for my default role then item #2 is solved but #1 is still a problem.  However, that’s a huge security hole that I cannot open.

    I have also used the SOAP API to call ListSubscriptions and verify that the Owner property is exactly the same user name that I used to create the subcriptions.

    My gut tells me that somehow Report Manager is building the SOAP API calls to match subscriptions based on user id incorrectly.  It may be including a slash before the username as a holdover from windows auth or something like that.  The scenarios I have tested seem to point to that.  I have extensively debugged the custom security module for forms auth. and it appears to work correctly.

    Any help would be appreciated, especially any details on how Report Manager builds the "My Subscriptions" page and how it determines whether to display the "Edit" link for a subscription.

  60. Pavani says:

    Hi Russell

    I would like to thank you for this nice blog post. This has been helping me a lot and saving tons of my time.

    I am wondering whether you have any time to answser/comment on the below questions.

    1. How can we deploy a SSRS 2005 Report Model or a Report (RDL) to the Report Manager using Visual Studio 2005 while FORMS AUTHENTICATION + SQL MEMBER PROVIDER is on ?
    2. How can I upload the Report Model using Report Manager (I tried your sugggestions but no luck), Can you please provide more specific instructions on how to merge these files?

    Thanks in advance.



  61. docchang says:

    I tried to edit the connection string into both web.config in ReportManager & ReportServer. Its been two days I have been trying to input a connection string until i read your


    I got it compile, but during run time when my object trying to grab the connection string. It is not there.

  62. Drikus says:

    Hi, nice discussion…

    I would also ask a question about the security context with wich a deployment is made from VS2005, which challenged me once and now those credentials are stowed somewhere and I so want to change the user, because I have subsequently created a security model to suit my situation.  If I deploy with my "currently stowed away user credentials" I have to add that account to the Publisher role, which is not what I want.  I would like to change the user?  Howz this done?  Thanks in advance!

  63. Krip says:

    >Friday, November 10, 2006 12:23 AM by kukabuka

    Did anyone figure out how to post the connection string in the web.config instead of the machine.config?<<

    Yes it worked for me.  I just added this line in the <configuration> section:

     <connectionStrings configSource="connectionStrings.config"/>

    Then my sqlProvider line has this attribute:


    Finally, the connectionStrings.config file:

     <?xml version="1.0"?>


       <add name="myConnectionString" connectionString="conn string here"/>


    Hope that helps,


  64. Krip says:

    Just a question for everyone: Anyone figured out how to deploy Data Sources and Report Models from Visual Studio 2005 when SSRS is in Forms Authentication mode?  I get prompted to enter user name and password but it’s not able to connect to the report server.



  65. Jeetu says:

    I am able to authenticate to reporting service using the logonuser method. I call this methode from the reportproxy object while loggin in my custom application. But when I try to access the report catalog using the listchildren method it gives me an "Object moved to here" error. Any help will be appreciated.

  66. Ross Mason says:

    Great article. Will be trying soon…

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  68. Jon says:

    registered Admin, cannot login.

    Russell, do you still check this article/blog?

    If so, I can give more detail.



  69. Shyju says:


    I was getting an error "object moved" while working with forms authentication in both. The issue was I din’t configure the machine key.

    Thanks a lot.

  70. Ravi Prakash says:

    Hi, I have done the same.. but getting the problem at " string cookieName = response.Headers["RSAuthenticationHeader"];" . This particular key name is not existed in the "Headers" and given null value. I am not getting this one. Please help me out in this issue.

    I followed the steps you mentioned. Let me know if i miss any…

  71. Lumifi says:

    Hi, actualy I've got this working. Accessing the ReportManager Website with a browser everything works fine. But: Using ReportViewer or accessing a webservice the result is that not text/xml is received but text/html

    Any suggestions?

    SQL Server 2008 R2

  72. Armaan says:

    I want publish ssrs report in cliam based authentication.. can any one help me..

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