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by Jeff Hunter, Sr. Database Administrator



After installing a Reporting Services instance and setting up a native mode default configuration, the next step would be to verify that the Report Server and Report Manager is functioning correctly. The virtual directories to use for the Report Server and Report Manager can be accessed from a Web browser as follows:

In most cases, you will be asked for your credentials, at which time enter the credentials. In this example, I am logged in to the machine running the Web browser as the Windows domain account IDEVELOPMENT\SQLServerReporting which is the same user account the Report Server service is running as.

Report Server Credentials

After providing valid credentials, you will most likely receive the following error message when trying to access either the Report Manager or Report Server for the first time:

User '<domain>\<UserAccount>' does not have required permissions. Verify that sufficient permissions have been granted and Windows User Account Control (UAC) restrictions have been addressed.

SQL Server Reporting Services Permissions Error

This article provides a solution to this common permissions error you may receive while attempting to authenticate to the Report Server or Report Manager.


It appears obvious from the error message that additional privileges are required for the Windows user account you are logged in as before access can be granted to the Report Server. You soon realize, however, that not only are you logged in as a member of the local Administrators group on the machine, but you are logged in as the Windows domain account that is running the Report Server service! I'm not certain why, but it appears you must start your Web browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox) as an Administrator to access Reporting Services. To do this, click on the Windows Start menu, locate your Web browser, and then right-click the icon to choose the Run as administrator option.

Run Web Browser as Administrator

Re-enter the URL for the Report Manager (http://<ServerName>/Reports) and you should see a screen similar to the following:

Report Manager Screen

To setup security in SQL Server Reporting Services so that the 'Run as administrator' option is not required when starting the Web browser, bring up Report Manager (http://<ServerName>/Reports), and then click Site Settings in the upper right hand corner.

Site Settings

Next, click Security on the left hand side and then click the New Role Assignment option.

New Role Assignment

This will take you to a page were new users can be added with different levels of security (System Administrator or System User) at the Site level. You need to assign the Windows User Account (or Group) the System Administrator role so that you no longer have to use the 'Run as administrator' option when starting the Web browser from that user account. For this example, I will be assigning the System Administrator role to the Windows domain account IDEVELOPMENT\SQLServerAdmin at the Site level. For a production environment, I would recommend creating both new System Administrators and System Users to control the separation of roles for the Report Server.

Assign System Administrator Role to Domain User Account

You will be returned to the Site Settings page where you can verify that the Windows User Account or Group was assigned the appropriate role.

Verify New Role Assignment

In addition to setting the system roles at the Site level, you must also setup roles for the actual Folder/Viewing level. To do this, return to Home, and then click Folder Settings.

Folder Settings

You should then see a Security Setting page similar to the previous one. Click New Role Assignment.

New Role Assignment

For a production environment, I would recommend that the user assigned the System Administrator role at the Site level, also be granted the Content Manager role at this level. System User level users and groups may only need the minimum role of Browser; however, this depends on the security policies within the organization. For this example, I will be assigning all roles at this level to the Windows domain account IDEVELOPMENT\SQLServerAdmin.

New Role Assignment

You will be returned to the Home page where you can verify that the Windows User Account or Group was assigned the appropriate role.

Verify New Role Assignment

Exit from the Web browser and restart it to ensure you can authenticate to the Report Server without needing to use the 'Run as administrator' option.

About the Author

Jeffrey Hunter is an Oracle Certified Professional, Java Development Certified Professional, Author, and an Oracle ACE. Jeff currently works as a Senior Database Administrator for The DBA Zone, Inc. located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work includes advanced performance tuning, Java and PL/SQL programming, developing high availability solutions, capacity planning, database security, and physical / logical database design in a UNIX / Linux server environment. Jeff's other interests include mathematical encryption theory, tutoring advanced mathematics, programming language processors (compilers and interpreters) in Java and C, LDAP, writing web-based database administration tools, and of course Linux. He has been a Sr. Database Administrator and Software Engineer for over 20 years and maintains his own website site at: http://www.iDevelopment.info. Jeff graduated from Stanislaus State University in Turlock, California, with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.

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