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SQL Reporting Sunset FAQ

Get answers to your questions about SQL Reporting sunset notification.

When will SQL Reporting be retired?

SQL Reporting will discontinue service on October 31, 2014. Customers have 12 months to transition from SQL Reporting, but are encouraged to transition soon to take advantage of the full reporting feature set available in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) running on Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

Why is SQL Reporting being retired?

This change is in response to customer feedback for increased functionality and the flexibility to control cost by suspending the service when not in use. As a result we are prioritizing SQL Server Reporting Services running on Windows Azure Virtual Machines instead of Windows Azure SQL Reporting for the delivery of operational reporting in the cloud. This transition provides the functionality customers have requested.

What happens to my current SQL Reporting report servers?

Current SQL Reporting customer report servers will persist until you transition them to Windows Azure Virtual Machines or the service end date of October 31, 2014. Current customers will retain full access and functionality to their current report servers until they transition.

Where can I find resources on SQL Server Reporting Services running on Windows Azure Virtual Machines?

For resources and documentation on how to create a Windows Azure Virtual Machine with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) please visit Create a Report Server on a Virtual Machine using PowerShell.

What are the benefits of reporting with SSRS running on Windows Azure Virtual Machines?

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) running on Windows Azure Virtual Machines provides the full native mode feature set including: scheduled reporting, data driven subscriptions, email subscriptions, code segments and custom extensions, domain joining capability, and windows authentication integration. Additional benefits include superior data resiliency and the ability to suspend virtual machines when not in use, so you pay only for the hours that you use. For more information about the features and capabilities of reporting with Windows Azure Virtual Machines configured with SSRS, please visit Benefits of SSRS on Windows Azure VMs.

Can I create a new report server in SQL Reporting prior to the sunset?

Current SQL Reporting customers can continue to use the self-service option for creation of new report servers in SQL Reporting. For new customers we encourage you to use Windows Azure Virtual Machines running SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to benefit from the full reporting feature set and cost controls features. Additionally, this avoids the need to transition to VMs within the next year. If as a new customer, you still need SQL Reporting in the near term and you have a paid Azure support plan you can create a support ticket for expedited assistance. If you do not have a paid technical support plan please contact us for assistance.

What happens to my SQL Reporting bill?

Customers will continue to be charged at the current SQL Reporting rate until they transition their report servers to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and shutdown their SQL Reporting instances. Pricing for current SQL Reporting customers can be found on the SQL Reporting Pricing page. Pricing for reporting in Windows Azure Virtual Machines is charged at the price for a Virtual Machine, see Virtual Machine Pricing Calculator for details.

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