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How to: Install a SharePoint Web Front-end on a Report Server Computer

If you are configuring a report server to run in SharePoint integrated mode in a SharePoint farm that consists of multiple servers, you must install the Web Front End application of a SharePoint product or technology on the report server computer so that you can join the report server computer to the farm.

A SharePoint farm consists of multiple servers that all use the same version of the SharePoint product or technology. If the server farm uses Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, you must install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on the report server computer. If the server farm uses Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server farm, you must install an Office SharePoint Portal Server.

To install the Web front end, you must be a SharePoint farm administrator. You must also know the name of the database server and the configuration database that is used by the server farm.

The following steps are required only if you are deploying a report server in a SharePoint server farm. If all server applications run on a single computer, installing the Web front end on the report server is not required.

After you install the Web front end and join the report server computer to the farm, you can use SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration to turn off any Web front end features that you do not require.

To install the Web front end

  1. On the server that runs Reporting Services, run Setup for the SharePoint product or technology used for the farm.

  2. On Installation Types, click Advanced.

  3. On Server Type, select Web Front End.

  4. The Data Location tab specifies file location for search index files. On Data Location, use the default value or choose a computer that has excess disk space.

  5. Click Install Now.

After Setup is finished, you must configure the Web front end to join it to the server farm.

To configure the Web front end

  1. Run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard to join the Web front end to the remote SharePoint farm. The SharePoint Product and Technology Configuration Wizard should start after Setup is finished. If it does not, start it from Administrative Tools.

  2. Click Next on the Welcome screen.

  3. Click Yes to restart the services if required.

  4. In the Connect to a Server Farm page, select Yes to connect to an existing server farm. Click Next.

  5. In the Specify Configuration Database Settings page, specify the SQL Server Database Engine instance that hosts the configuration database. If you do not know the name of the configuration database, click Retrieve Database Names and then select the configuration database.

  6. Enter a user name and password that the Web front end will use to connect to the configuration database. Click Next.

  7. In the Completing the SharePoint Products and Technologies Wizard page, click Advanced Settings.

  8. In Advanced Settings, verify that Do not use this machine to host the Web site is selected.

  9. Click OK, click Next, and then finish the Wizard.

Installing the Web front end is just one step in the overall configuration process. For more information about the complete set of steps, see Configuring Reporting Services for SharePoint 3.0 Integration.

For more information about configuring a multi-server deployment that integrates Reporting Services and SharePoint products and technologies, see How to: Configure SharePoint Integration on Multiple Servers.

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