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Deploying RS onto an internet facing environment

As you know , Reporting Services works very well within an intranet environment, in part to the integrated security. But what if you want to deploy RS onto a site that’s internet facing ?
You need to study your network architecture carefully to make sure that what you want to do is feasible. Most companies have only the web servers accesible from the outside and normally the Reporting Services server is behind the firewall and won’t be acessible to the end user directly.
So URL access to the reports won’t work. Now I know that many people, when writing ASP.NET applications. use URL access to call Reporting Services reports , and although this is quick and easy, get to learn more about the Reporting Services Web Service. It is a powerful ally !!
Your 2 options therefore are :
1) To use the Report Viewer control to display the reports ( and if you are using subreports there are some tricks you need to perform )
2) Use the Web Service to render the report to the bytestream. Once you do this you could simply display as HTML or PDF ( PDF is better for printing ). Make sure you set the MIME type in the latter case so that IE will know that it’s getting a PDF document.
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