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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger ( and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

SSRS does not require IIS

Starting with SQL Server Reporting 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) was the removal of the Internet Information Services (IIS) dependency, so you do not need to install IIS on the machine that you will install SSRS.  This only applies when you configure it in native mode.  In integrated mode you have to install SharePoint Web Front-End (WFE) components on the SSRS machine and this means a dependency on IIS, but that’s the dependency SharePoint has on IIS, not SSRS.

SSRS 2012 in native mode will use http.sys (think of it as a mini IIS), and cannot be configured to use IIS.  But that should not matter as they can be installed and run side by side if needed.  A lot of IIS-Like settings are configured by Reporting Service Configuration Manager.

More info:

Everybody (Why Leave IIS?)

Say Goodbye to IIS, Say Hello to HTTP.SYS!

Install Reporting Services and Internet Information Services Side-by-Side


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