Monitoring Change in SSRS

  • Steven.Grzybowski

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    My workplace is looking at moving to a continuous deployment / continuous integration model for our development, including SSRS reports.  Right now, while we have system generated change tracking that can be used for comparing report definitions from the catalog table , right now, our Auditors do not consider this sufficient for proving change control. With our current approach, we deploy individual reports rather than the entire SSRS project.  With this method, we are able to point to the reports other than the ones that have been deployed as part of a change  and show the modified date. If we move to deploying based on a project, the modified date always updates, even if the RDL definition has not changed. While there are a number of ways to deploy specific reports such as through powershell, it involves having to maintain non-default code on our CI tool (Teamcity).

     

    Does anybody have any idea of a better way to manage the deployments while using just msbuild to do them, or if there is something else that can be used to show through a front-end, or even a screenshot of something within the database that only specific reports were modified?  Unfortunately, our auditors are really fond of screenshots.

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 994951

    IMHO, the auditors are incorrect here and need to be trained that your controls are much more finite than their broad recommendation.

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
    "If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."--Red Adair
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not."
    When you put the right degree of spin on it, the number 3|8 is also a glyph that describes the nature of a DBAs job. 😉

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

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