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Hi, is it possible to share a data source between multiple projects in the same solution? If so, how?

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by:Hwkranger
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No you cant.  But you can use your source control, write a script, or hand copy them to keep them in sync.
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As stated you can not share them, but you can import them from an existing item.  In Solution Explorer right click on the Project or Shared Data Sources > Add > Existing Item  and go find one or more data souces to include.  It will copy the rds file to this project.
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Hi CGLuttrell, I tried doing that, but it doesn't save the credentials. Is there anyway to save the credentials when I add an existing one?
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I believe that is a security consideration that MS does not maintain supplied credentials with just the .rds file.  It seems that I read that in MS documentation some where but I can not find it now.  I see references to "Credentials stored securely in the report server" though.  If it did keep username/password someone could just copy your rds file and gain access to a database.
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I ended up "adding existing" data source for 10 projects!
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