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GetReportDefinition Method

SQL Server 2000

ReportingService.GetReportDefinition Method

Retrieves the report definition for a report.

Public Function GetReportDefinition( _
   ByVal Report As String _
) As Byte()
   Member of [Namespace].ReportingService

public Byte[] GetReportDefinition(
   string Report
   Member of [Namespace].ReportingService
The full path name of the report.
Return Value

The report definition as a Base 64-encoded byte array. For more information about this data type, see "Byte Structure" in the .NET Framework documentation.


Operation Description
Read Report Definition Required to read the report definition of the report.


Security Note  This method may pass sensitive data, including user credentials, over a network. When possible, use SSL encryption when making Web service calls with this method. Depending on the SecureConnectionLevel setting for the report server, you may be required to use SSL when invoking this method. You can use the ListSecureMethods method to retrieve a list of methods that currently require a secure connection. For more information about the SecureConnectionLevel setting, see Using Secure Web Service Methods.


To compile this code example, you must reference the Reporting Services WSDL and import certain namespaces. For more information, see Compiling and Running Code Examples. The following code example uses the GetReportDefinition method to retrieve the definition of a report and store it as an XML document in the local file system:

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Web.Services.Protocols

Class Sample
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Dim rs As New ReportingService
      rs.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials

      Dim reportName As String = "/SampleReports/Company Sales"
      Dim reportDefinition As Byte() = Nothing
      Dim doc As New System.Xml.XmlDocument

         reportDefinition = rs.GetReportDefinition(reportName)
         Dim stream As New MemoryStream(reportDefinition)

         doc.Save("C:\Company Sales.rdl")

      Catch e As SoapException

      Catch e As IOException
      End Try
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Web.Services.Protocols;

class Sample
   public static void Main()
      ReportingService rs = new ReportingService();
      rs.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials;

      string reportName = "/SampleReports/Company Sales";
      byte[] reportDefinition = null;
      System.Xml.XmlDocument doc = new System.Xml.XmlDocument();

         reportDefinition = rs.GetReportDefinition(reportName);
         MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream(reportDefinition);

         doc.Save(@"C:\Company Sales.rdl");

      catch (SoapException e)

      catch (IOException e)
See Also

ReportingService Class

Reporting Services Web Service Library

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