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Automatically Save an RDL File in Adobe Format to a Specific Folder

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Our invoices are created in visual studio in an rdl format. Is there a way to automatically save the invoices in Adobe to a network folder each time that they are created?  

Can you do it through the code window in the report properties or through a stored procedure?

Thanks in advance.
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by:joevi
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RDL files are strictly report definion files not rendered reports. You can include rendering instructions (including PDF format) in the report URL when you call it.

You may want to look here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms153586.aspx
and here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms152835.aspx
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Once the file is rendered as a PDF how do you automatically save it to a folder?
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Jason Yousef, MS earned 1000 total points
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You just need to point your browser to that URL...
just change your folder name and report name

http://SERVER_NAME/ReportServer/Pages/ReportViewer.aspx?%2fFOLDER_NAME%2fREPORT_NAME&rs:Command=Render&rs:Format=PDF&PARAMETER_NAME=VALUE

if you want it automaticcaly, you'll have to do some BI here, just make a SSIS package to update a staging inoice table, then trigger a scheduled SSRS report to drop the file on your server.

and the SSIS can loop over any amount of data you have.

tell me more about the current setup in your invornmanet and how do you get the data and how do you save the current reports?  and i'll be able to guide you...
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by:joevi
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This should answer your 'save to a folder' requirment:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms159264.aspx

BTW:Are you using SSRS 2008 R2?
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by:slattbr
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joevi and huslayer- it sounds like each of you are recommending that I set up  a scheduled report on the report server (probably would need to do every 1-5 minutes), which I think will work.  
 
Had some other stuff dropped on my plate today, so may be a while before I can test out.  Will repost if I cannot get to work.

Thanks for all of the help.
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