IIS7 Reports Directory Error 503

22. March 2010 07:41 by Dan in   //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

I came across an interesting problem today whilst working on a new build IIS7 server with SQL Server 2008 reporting services.  No matter what I tried navigating to the reports directory resulted in a:

HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.

After working through a few tests like putting a basic aspx file in the application reports directory, checking permissions, application pools to no avail I wondered what could be wrong.

SQL Server Reporting was installed but not running so the "reports" problem was sounding suspicious.

Work around:

  1. Run "Reporting Services Configuration Manager"
  2. If reporting services are disabled you'll need to run them for a minute
  3. Click on "Report Manager URL" , change it something else and apply
  4. You can now disable reporting services if need be


Problem solved, hope this helps someone else!

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