Security Properties Page (Items, Report Manager)

Use the Security properties page to view or modify the security settings that determine access to folders, reports, models, resources, and shared data sources. This page is available for items that you create or have permission to modify.

Access to items is defined through role assignments that specify the tasks that a group or user can perform. A role assignment consists of one user or group name and one or more role definitions that specify a collection of tasks. The current item is always included in the role assignment.

Security settings are inherited from the root folder down to subfolders and items within those folders. Unless you explicitly break inherited security, subfolders and items inherit the security context of a parent item. If you redefine a security policy for a folder in the middle of the hierarchy, all its child items, including subfolders, assume the new security settings.

To open this page, select a folder, report, resource, or data source item, click the Properties tab, and then click the Security tab.

Edit Item Security

Click Edit Item Security to change how security is defined for the current item. If you are editing security for a folder, your changes apply to the contents of the current folder and any subfolders.

This button is not available for the Home folder.

The following buttons become available when you edit item security.


Select the check box next to the group or user name that you want to delete and click Delete. You cannot delete a role assignment if it is the only one remaining, or if it is a built-in role assignment (for example, "Built-in\Administrators") that defines the security baseline for the report server. Deleting a role assignment does not delete a group or user account or role definitions.

New Role Assignment

Click New Role Assignment to open the New Role Assignment page, which is used to create additional role assignments for the current item. For more information, see New Role Assignment / Edit Role Assignment Page (Report Manager).

Revert to Parent Security

Click Revert to Parent Security to reset the security settings to that of the immediate parent folder. If inheritance is unbroken throughout the report server folder hierarchy, the security settings of the top-level folder, Home, are used.

Group or User

Lists the groups and users that are part of an existing role assignment for the current item. Existing role assignments for the current folder are defined for the groups and users that appear in this column. You can click a group or user name to view or edit role assignment details.


Lists one or more role definitions that are part of an existing role assignment. If multiple roles are assigned to a group or user account, that group or user can perform all tasks that belong to those roles. To view the tasks that are associated with a role, click the group or user name to view the role assignment, and then click the role.

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