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Install Linked Report Generator

FineBuild can install and configure Linked Report Generator (RSLinkGen) as part of the SQL Server install process. If you do not want to include Linked Report Generator in your FineBuild install, then do not download it.

Linked Report Generator is written by Jasper Smith, a SQL Server MVP. It was chosen to be included in FineBuild because it enables automatic generation of linked reports to any number of Reporting Services folders based on a single base report.

The original web site that hosted Linked Report Generator is no longer available and a copy captured by Web Archive is used below.

Linked Report Generator archived home page http://web.archive.org/web/20120227135656/http://www.sqldbatips.com/showarticle.asp?ID=73
Linked Report Generator archived download http://web.archive.org/web/20120227135656/http://www.sqldbatips.com/samples/code/RSLinkgen/RSLinkgen.zip
Linked Report Generator archived documentation http://web.archive.org/web/20111011131018/http://sqldbatips.com/samples/code/RSLinkgen/readme.htm

FineBuild Linked Report Generator Install

Automated silent installation of Linked Report Generator is performed by Process Id 4RC and is controlled by the parameters below:

Install Parameter Build SQL2005 SQL2008 SQL2008 R2 SQL2012 SQL2014
SetupRSLinkGen FULL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SetupSQLTools No No No No No
SetupRSLinkGen WORKSTATION Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SetupSQLTools Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SetupRSLinkGen CLIENT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SetupSQLTools Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

In order to maintain compatibility with older versions of SQL FineBuild, the parameters InstRSLinkGen and InstSQLTools can also be used.

FineBuild also uses the following parameters to help install Linked Report Generator:
Parameter Default Value Description
RSLinkGenZip RSLinkGen.zip Name of file holding Linked Report Generator install media

Linked Report Generator will be installed with CLIENT and WORKSTATION builds, but not with a FULL build.
If you want to install it with a FULL build, the following parameter should be added at run time:
/SetupSQLTools:Yes
Linked Report Generator cannot be installed by FineBuild on a Windows Core operating system because it is supplied in zip file format.

The FineBuild install for Linked Report Generator includes the following:
  • Perform a Linked Report Generator install
  • Add Linked Report Generator to the Reporting Services menu.

Manual Linked Report Generator Install

The following steps show what you would have to do to install Linked Report Generator manually. FineBuild does all of this work for you automatically.

Install Linked Report Generator

1) Navigate to the Additional Components folder. Right-click on RSLinkgen.zip and select Extract All
RSLinkGen Explorer.png
2) Extract all files to C:\Program Files\RSLinkgen.
RSLinkGen Extract.png

Setup Menu Item

1) Navigate to C:\Program Files\Linked Report Generator, right-click on RSLinkgen.exe and select Copy.
RSLinkGen Menu Copy.png
2) Navigate to the SQL Server Reporting Services menu folder on C: and select Paste Shortcut.
RSLinkGen Menu Paste.png
3) Right-click on the menu shortcut and rename it to Linked Report Generator.
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