Thursday, 1 May 2014

SSRS 2012 with SP2013 component diagram

I like diagrams as they help me understand faster.  I wrote a post about 9 months ago about installing SSRS for SP2013, and recently a friend called me to moaned about the documentation available and I remember it being very poor.  My posts cover the topic be re-reading the posts and it could be clearer.  The key is to understand the pieces and where they sit.  He had seen my posts but some related to SP2010 and the 1 specific post relating to SP2013 using SSRS 2012 is not instantly understandable.  It has valuable info but where the parts/components reside is not perfectly clear so I put this diagram together.

There are only 4 parts, the fewer servers to have the easier it is to do theses steps.  I.e. on 1 server farms like dev it's pretty easy as all the SQL components are installed hopefully during the initial SQL Server 2012 SP1 install.

Part 1, you need a SP 2013 farm
Part 2, you need to have a database with the SSRS components/functionality install.  Now if you are using the same database as your SP database ensure the SSRS components were installed at the initial build.  This diagram assumes you have a separate SQL instance which is pretty reasonable.
Part 3, you need to run a core SQL install (only needs the SQL component relating to SSRS) on the SharePoint App/web server.  This 1 or more servers containing the SharePoint binaries.  This is the step that is new/different and most people don't do.
Part 4, run some Powershell to create the SSRS SSA and hook up the relationship.  This is done on any of the SharePoint servers such as your main CA box.

This post couple with the overview should help you understand the components needed for large or automated installs.


Tip: If you need to move your Reporting Services database to another server, you need to manually add the RSexecRole to the new SQL Server.


Unknown said...

Thanks this info was really helpful! I used a website called Lucidchart to create my own deployment diagram and it was really easy to understand. If you use diagrams often you should check it out!

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