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Enable and Disable Client-Side Printing for Reporting Services

Enable and Disable Client-Side Printing for Reporting Services

Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

The Microsoft ActiveX control, RSClientPrint, provides client-side printing for reports viewed in a browser. The control displays a custom print dialog box that supports features common to other print dialog boxes. The features include print preview, page selections for specifying specific pages and ranges, page margins, and orientation. Although client-side printing is enabled by default, you can disable the feature to prevent it from being used.

Note Note

Downloading ActiveX controls requires administrator permissions.

Each user who wants to use the print feature must download and install the ActiveX control that provides client print functionality. The first time a user clicks the Printer icon on the report toolbar, the Microsoft ActiveX control is downloaded to the computer. After the control is downloaded, the Print dialog box displays whenever the user clicks the Printer icon.

Depending on browser settings, the user may be prompted to install the control, be prevented from installing the control, or have the control install transparently in the background.

For Microsoft Internet Explorer, settings that affect ActiveX control download and installation are specified through the ActiveX controls and plug-ins node in the Security Settings page for the Web content zone. The following settings determine whether users can download and run the print control, based on Web zone security preferences:

  • Download signed ActiveX controls.

  • Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting.

  • Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins.

Users who want to use RSClientPrint to perform client-side printing must enable the following:

  • Download signed ActiveX controls and Script ActiveX control marked safe for scripting for installation purposes.

  • Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins for ongoing print operations.

The RSClientPrint ActiveX control is signed, meaning it contains a valid digital certificate from Microsoft.

Report server administrators have the option of disabling the print feature by setting the report server system property EnableClientPrinting to false. This will disable client-side printing for all reports managed by that server. By default, EnableClientPrinting is set to true. You can disable client-side printing in the following ways:

  • For a Native mode report server:

    1. Start Management Studio with administrative privileges.

    2. Connect to a report server instance in Management Studio.

    3. Right-click the report server node, and then click Properties. If the Properties option is disabled, verify you started Management Studio with administrative privileges.

    4. Select Enable download for the ActiveX client print control.

    5. Click OK.

  • For a SharePoint mode report server:

    1. In SharePoint Central Administration, click Application Management.

    2. Click Manage service applications.

    3. Click the name of your Reporting Services service application, and then click Manage in the SharePoint ribbon.

    4. Click System Settings.

    5. Select Enable Client Printing. The Enable Client Printing option is near the bottom of the page.

    6. Click OK.

  • Write script or code to set the report server system property EnableClientPrinting to false.

The following sample script illustrates one approach for disabling client-side printing. Compile and then run the following Microsoft Visual Basic code to set the EnableClientPrinting property to False. After you run the code, restart IIS.

Sample Script

Imports System
Imports System.Web.Services.Protocols
Class Sample
   Public Shared Sub Main()
Dim rs As New ReportingService()
      rs.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials
        Dim props(0) As [Property]
        Dim setProp As New [Property]
        setProp.Name = "EnableClientPrinting"
        setProp.Value = “False” 
        props(0) = setProp
        Catch ex As System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapException
        Catch e as Exception
        End Try
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample

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