SSRS Execution Log

Hello Guys,

I had a doubt regarding the Executionlogs of SSRS database.
At my workplace, in the SSRS server properties, under Logging, I see that the field
Remove Log entries older than this number of days has been set to 0

I don't understand what does it signifies. Wherever I searched on the Internet I found that the default value is 60 days. Also under the advanced option of SSRS server report properties, the field
ExecutionLogDaysKept is left blank.

Kindly explain this to me.

Thanks and Regards
Abhinav SinghSoftware EngineerAsked:
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Koen Van WielinkBusiness Intelligence SpecialistCommented:
The default is indeed 60 days. I've not tried this myself, but my guess is that 1 of 2 things can happen when it's set to 0:
- No history is kept
- All history is kept.

Do you know if this was recently changed? If it's always been set to this setting, check the table "ReportServer.dbo.ExecutionLog" on the reporting server SQL instance. If it contains no records, most likely setting the ExecutionLogDaysKept to nothing means no history is kept. If you do find records, check the TimeStart and TimeEnd columns. If you know for sure the records were created after you've discovered the number of days has been set to 0, you know all history will be kept instead.
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Koen Van WielinkBusiness Intelligence SpecialistCommented:
Just to add, this comes from Microsoft technet:

"ExecutionLogDaysKept: The number of days to keep report execution information in the execution log. Valid values for this property include 0 through 2,147,483,647. If the value is 0 entries are not deleted from the Execution Log table. The default value is 60."

So in your case all history should be kept. Best to check the records anyway as described above to make sure.
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Abhinav SinghSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
Hey Koen,

Thanks for your reply.
In the report server database, I see exactly last 60 days records.
Is there anyway to check if the ExecutionLogDaysKept value was altered or changed in the past?
Thanks again
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Koen Van WielinkBusiness Intelligence SpecialistCommented:
I don't think it's possible to check this. It might be wise to change the value back to what you would like it to be though. It's an administrator setting so normally only admins would be able to touch it. As such I don't think it's worthwhile to create a custom trigger to check for changes to that particular field. Just check periodically if the issue resurfaces. If it does, you can take follow up action.
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Abhinav SinghSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
Hey Koen,

Thanks for replying.
I used the following query on the report server database :
SELECT * FROM ConfigurationInfo

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In this, the field ExecutionLogDaysKept showed the value 60. But I don't know why everywhere it is either blank or 0. Anyways, this resolved my issue. Thanks for sharing your views.
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Koen Van WielinkBusiness Intelligence SpecialistCommented:
Ok, that's odd. I thought that's the value that's displayed in the field mentioned in your original post.
Anyway, glad to be of assistance.
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Abhinav SinghSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for Abhinav Singh's comment #a40427708

for the following reason:

This worked for me and helped me understand my server configuration
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Koen Van WielinkBusiness Intelligence SpecialistCommented:
Can i ask why you request to close the question rather than accept my comments as answer? You asked for clarification on what a 0 value signifies, which was given. I also provided you some ways to check what was exactly happening. I fail to see why the question is not answered.
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Abhinav SinghSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
Hey Koen,

Sorry for inconvenience. I'll accept your first post as solution.
Thanks for replying.
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Abhinav SinghSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
Both the comments helped equally clear my doubts.
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