Turn on Reporting Services events for the SharePoint trace log (ULS)

Beginning with SQL Server 2008 R2 (10.50.x), Reporting Services servers in SharePoint mode can write Reporting Services events to the SharePoint Unified Logging Service (ULS) trace log. Reporting Services specific categories are available on the Monitoring page of SharePoint Central Administration.

In this article:

General ULS log recommendations

The following table lists event categories and levels that are recommended for monitoring a Reporting Services environment. When an event is logged, each entry includes the time the event was logged, the process name, and the thread ID.

Category Level Description
Database Verbose Logs events that involve database access.
General Verbose Logs events that involve access to the following items:

Reporting Services Web pages

Report Viewer HTTP handler

Report access (.rdl files)

Data sources (.rsds files)

URLs on the SharePoint site (.smdl files)
Office Server General Exception Logs sign in failures.
Topology Verbose Logs current user information.
Web Parts Verbose Logs events that involve access to the Report Viewer Web Part.

Turn on and off Reporting Services events in the Reporting Services category

  1. From SharePoint Central Administration, select Monitoring.

  2. Select Configure Diagnostic Logging in the Reporting group.

  3. Find SQL Server Reporting Services in the category list.

  4. Select the plus symbol (+) to expand the sub categories under SQL Server Reporting Services.

  5. Choose the subcategories to be added to the trace log.

  6. At the bottom of the categories list, select an event level for the Least critical event to report to the trace log. Select None to disable tracing.


The option Least critical event to report to the event log isn't supported by Reporting Services. The option is ignored.

The following logging options are recommended as a standard configuration:

  • HTTP Redirector

  • SOAP Client Proxy

  • If you're experiencing issues with configuration, add Configuration Pages.

You can review all of the current farm diagnostic log settings with the following PowerShell cmdlet:


Reading the logs entries

The Reporting Services entries in the log are formatted in the following way.

  • Product:SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Category: Events related to the server have the characters Report Server at the beginning of the name. For example, Report Server Alerting Runtime. These events are also logged to the report server log files.
  • Category: Events related to or communicated from a web front-end component don't contain Report Server, for example, Report Server Alerting Runtime. The WFE entries do contain a CorrelationID but the server entries don't.

List of SQL Server Reporting Services events

The following table is a list of the events in the SQL Server Reporting Services category:

Area Name Description or sample entries
Configuration Pages
HTTP Redirector
Local Mode Processing
Local Mode Rendering
SOAP Client Proxy
UI Pages
Power View Log entries that were written to the LogClientTraceEvents API. These entries are sourced from client applications, including Power View, a feature of SQL Server Reporting Services Add-in.

All log entries from the LogClientTraceEvents API are logged under the Category of SQL Server Reporting Services, and the Area of Power View.

The client application determines the content of entries logged with the area of Power View.
Power View support is no longer available after SQL Server 2017.
Report Server Alerting Runtime
Report Server App Domain Manager
Report Server Buffered Response
Report Server Cache
Report Server Catalog
Report Server Chunk
Report Server Cleanup
Report Server Configuration Manager Sample entries:

MediumUsing report server internal url https://localhost:80/ReportServer.

UnexpectedMissing or Invalid ExtendedProtectionLevel setting
Report Server Crypto
Report Server Data Extension
Report Server DB Polling
Report Server Default
Report Server Email Extension
Report Server Excel Renderer
Report Server Extension Factory
Report Server HTTP Runtime
Report Server Image Renderer
Report Server Memory Monitoring
Report Server Notification
Report Server Processing
Report Server Provider
Report Server Rendering
Report Server Report Preview
Report Server Resource Utility Sample Entries:

MediumReporting Services starting SKU: Evaluation

MediumEvaluation copy: 180 days left
Report Server Running Jobs
Report Server Running Requests
Report Server Schedule
Report Server Security
Report Server Service Controller
Report Server Session
Report Server Subscription
Report Server WCF Runtime
Report Server Web Server
Service Application Proxy
Shared Service Sample entries:

MediumUpdating ReportingWebServiceApplication

MediumGranting access to content databases.

MediumProvisioning instances for ReportingWebServiceApplication

MediumProcessing service account change for ReportingWebServiceApplication

MediumSetting database permissions.

View a log file with PowerShell

PowerShell related contentYou can use PowerShell to return a list of the Reporting Services related events from a ULS Log file. Enter the following command from the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell to return a filtered list of rows from the file a ULS log file UESQL11SPOINT-20110606-1530.log that contains sql server reporting services:

Get-content -path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\LOGS\UESQL11SPOINT-20110606-1530.log" | select-string "sql server reporting services"  

There are also tools you can download that allow you read ULS logs. For example, the SharePoint LogViewer, available on GitHub.

For more information on how to use PowerShell to view log data, see View diagnostic logs (SharePoint Server 2010)

Trace log location

The trace log files are found in the folder c:\Program Files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\logs but you can verify or change the path from the Diagnostic Logging page in SharePoint Central Administration.

For more information and steps to configure diagnostic logging on a SharePoint server in SharePoint 2010 Central Administration, see Configure diagnostic logging settings (Windows SharePoint Services).

More questions? Try asking the Reporting Services forum