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

Applies To: SQL Server 2016

Starting with SQL Server 2008 R2, 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 Topic:

  • General ULS Log Recommendations

  • To turn on and off Reporting Services events in the Reporting Services Category

  • Recommended Configuration

  • Reading the logs entries

  • List of SQL Server Reporting Services Events

  • View a Log file with PowerShell

  • Trace Log Location

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.

DatabaseVerboseLogs events that involve database access.
GeneralVerboseLogs 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 GeneralExceptionLogs logon failures.
TopologyVerboseLogs current user information.
Web PartsVerboseLogs events that involve access to the Report Viewer Web Part.
  1. From SharePoint Central Administration

  2. Click Monitoring.

  3. Click Configure Diagnostic Logging in the Reporting group.

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

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

  6. Select the subcategories to be added to the trace log.

  7. 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.

System_CAPS_ICON_note.jpg Note

The option Least critical event to report to the event log is not 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 are experiencing issues with configuration, add Configuration Pages.

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


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

  1. Product:SQL Server Reporting Services

  2. Category: Events related to the server will 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.

  3. Category: Events related to or communicated from a web front-end component do not contain “Report Server”. For example “Service Application Proxy” Report Server Alerting Runtime”. The WFE entries do contain a CorrelationID but the server entries do not.

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

Area NameDescription or sample entries
Configuration Pages
HTTP Redirector
Local Mode Processing
Local Mode Rendering
SOAP Client Proxy
UI Pages
Power ViewLog entries that were written to the LogClientTraceEvents API. These entries are sourced from client applications, including Power View, a feature of SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services Add-in for MicrosoftSharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition.

All log entries from the LogClientTraceEvents API will be logged under the Category of “SQL Server Reporting Services” and the Area of “Power View”.

The content of entries logged with the area of “Power View” is determined by the client application.
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 ManagerSample entries:

MediumUsing report server internal url http://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 UtilitySample 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 ServiceSample entries:

MediumUpdating ReportingWebServiceApplication

MediumGranting access to content databases.

MediumProvisioning instances for ReportingWebServiceApplication

MediumProcessing service account change for ReportingWebServiceApplication

MediumSetting database permissions.

PowerShell related contentYou can use PowerShell to return a list of the Reporting Services related events from a ULS Log file. Type 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 contain “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 many tools you can download which will allow you read ULS logs. For example, the SharePoint LogViewer or SharePoint ULS Log Viewer. Both are available on CodePlex.

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

The Trace Log files are usually 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).