SSRS Licensing

Robert H 1 Reputation point
2021-02-03T14:41:45.707+00:00

My organization is currently using SQL Server 2016 Standard Edition. We would like to use the KPI functionality in SSRS, without upgrading all of our licenses to enterprise. Is there a way to do that? If Enterprise is absolutely required, is there a model we could implement that would not require upgrading our software databases and would minimize any additional expenses?

SQL Server Reporting Services
SQL Server Reporting Services
A SQL Server technology that supports the creation, management, and delivery of both traditional, paper-oriented reports and interactive, web-based reports.
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  1. Jeffrey Williams 1,891 Reputation points
    2021-02-03T21:57:03.617+00:00

    I assume your SSRS implementation is hosted on the same server as your application databases. If so - you can build a small SSRS only server that hosts both the database engine and reporting services and is dedicated to only reporting services. This could be nothing more than 4 CPUs and 8GB of memory (or more - memory isn't considered in licensing).

    This also allows you to upgrade SSRS independent from your application. The only databases hosted on this instance would be the report server databases - which simplifies the management of SSRS.

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  2. Joyzhao-MSFT 15,566 Reputation points
    2021-02-04T02:50:04.42+00:00

    Hi @Robert H
    KPIs can only be accessed in the Enterprise Edition (Developer) version of the SSRS portal.
    You could use Standard Edition to support the databases for Enterprise SSRS, but since you already have to license SSRS instances at the price of the Enterprise Edition, it will not save you any expenses.
    Regards,
    Joy


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