You encounter report server connection failure with below error message. Below is one of the instance which I witnessed while connecting through SSMS, it fails while using the server name (SERVERNAMEABC)


TITLE: Connect to Server

Cannot connect to SERVERNAMEABC.



The attempt to connect to the report server failed. Check your connection information and that the report server is a compatible version. (Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UI.RSClient)


The request failed with HTTP status 404: Not Found. (Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UI.RSClient)






The above error message is self-explanatory and suggests that there is some issues connecting to report server. Error 404 is a very generic error message.

Below is what I tried in my environment to help resolve the issue.


1)       Try to connect to SQL Server reporting service in SQL Server management studio using http://localhost/reportserver  or http://servername/reportserver

2)       Check if this is successful.

3)       If connection to SSRS is successful with http://localhost/reportserver  and fails with <server name>

4)       Modify the rsreportserver.config as below.

<URL ROOT>http://SERVERNAMEABC/reportserver <URL ROOT>


Make sure you are able to use the above link in IE to connect to reporting service successfully.

After this you should be able to use the <server name> to connect to SSRS in SQL Server management studio


Nikesh Mhatre
SE, Microsoft SQL Server

Reviewed by,
Nickson Dicson
Tech lead, Microsoft SQL Server