rs Utility

Processes script you provide in an input file. Use this utility to automate report server deployment and administration tasks.


The rs utility is not supported against report servers that are configured for SharePoint integrated mode.


rs {-?}


  • -?
    (Optional) Displays the syntax of rs arguments.
  • -iinput_file
    (Required) Specifies the .rss file to execute. This value can be a relative or fully qualified path to the .rss file.
  • -sserverURL
    (Required) Specifies the Web server name and report server virtual directory name to execute the file against. An example of a report server URL is http://examplewebserver/reportserver. The prefix http:// or https:// at the beginning of the server name is optional. If you omit the prefix, the report server script host attempts to use https first, and then uses http if https does not work.
  • -u [domain\]username
    (Optional) Specifies a user account used to connect to the report server. If -u and -p are omitted, the current Windows user account is used.
  • -ppassword
    (Required if -u is specified) Specifies the password to use with the -u argument. This value is case-sensitive.
  • -ltime_out
    (Optional) Specifies the number of seconds that elapse before the connection to the server times out. The default is 60 seconds. If you do not specify a time-out value, the default is used. A value of 0 specifies that the connection never times out.
  • -b
    (Optional) Specifies that the commands in the script file run in a batch. If any commands fail, the batch is rolled back. Some commands cannot be batched, and those run as usual. Only exceptions that are thrown and are not handled within the script result in a rollback. If the script handles an exception and returns normally from Main, the batch is committed. If you omit this parameter, the commands run without creating a batch. For more information, see Batching Methods.
  • -vglobalvar
    (Optional) Specifies global variables that are used in the script. If the script uses global variables, you must specify this argument. The value that you specify must be valid for global variable defined in the .rss file. You must specify one global variable for each –v argument.

    The -v argument is specified on the command line and is used to set the value for a global variable that is defined in your script at run time. For example, if your script contains a variable named parentFolder, you can specify a name for that folder on the command line:

    rs.exe -i myScriptFile.rss -s http://myServer/reportserver -v parentFolder="Financial Reports"

    Global variables are created with the names given and set to the values supplied. For example, -v a="1" -v b="2" results in a variable named a with a value of "1" and a variable b with a value of "2".

    Global variables are available to any function in the script. A backslash and quotation mark (\") is interpreted as a double quotation mark. The quotation marks are required only if the string contains a space. Variable names must be valid for Microsoft Visual Basic; they must start with alphabetic character or underscore and contain alphabetic characters, digits, or underscores. Reserved words cannot be used as variable names. For more information about using global variables, see Using Global Collections in Expressions (Reporting Services).

  • -t
    (Optional) Outputs error messages to the trace log. This argument does not take a value. For more information, see Reporting Services Trace Logs.


To run the tool, you must have permission to connect to the report server instance you are running the script against. You can run scripts to make changes to the local computer or a remote computer. To make changes to a report server installed on a remote computer, specify the remote computer in the -s argument.


The following example illustrates how to specify the script file that contains Visual Basic .NET script and Web service methods that you want to execute.

rs –i c:\scriptfiles\script_copycontent.rss -s https://localhost/reportserver


Reporting Services includes several sample script files that you can use to learn how to incorporate Report Server Web service methods in Visual Basic .NET script. For more information, see Script Samples (Reporting Services).

File Location

Rs.exe is located at \Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Binn. You can run the utility from any folder on your file system.


You can define scripts to set system properties, publish reports, and so forth. The scripts that you create can include any methods of the Reporting Services application programming interface. For more information about the methods and properties available to you, see Report Server Web Service.

The script must be written in Visual Basic .NET code, and stored in a Unicode or UTF-8 text file with a .rss file extension. You cannot debug scripts with the rs utility. To debug a script, run the code from within Microsoft Visual Studio.

See Also

Other Resources

Running a Reporting Services Script File
Scripting Deployment and Administrative Tasks
Scripting with the rs Utility and the Web Service
Report Server Command Prompt Utilities

Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance