Been having trouble getting external images to display in reports rendered on SSRS 2005. Images are displayed as a red X.
However, my scenario is different from some of the examples I have read about.
- The images are stored on a file server that is DIFFERENT from the box on which the Report Service is running. For various business reasons I cannot copy the images locally to the Report Service box. I am using "file://fileserver/path/to/image.jpg"
to retrieve the images.
- Since the file server does not have IIS installed, I cannot access the images using the URL method (http:// access). I need to use the file:// method.
Currently I am prototyping this setup on my test box, which is running XP Pro and IIS 5.1. The Report Service is installed on this same box.
I am currently testing this through the Report Manager web site (http://servername/Reports). The images are displayed using the Image control, which I added to the report using the visual report designer in Visual Studio 2005. It is set up with source=External
and with "file://fileserver/path/to/image.jpg" path values. File names are retrieved from our database and file paths are built dynamically using a data processing extension I have written.
My best guess as to why this is happening is that the ASPNET service account on my test box does not have access to the particular share on the file serve
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