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windows server 2008 sql server 2008 where are the reports stored

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We just got a new server with sql server 2008. There is a bunch of reports already created that you can run from  from a browser client and from the server (http://localhost/reports.). But i can't find the actual reports source and location. Some of them take a long time to run and i would like to see their source. I also see a database reportserver but i don't see anything either. Please help i am new to sql reports
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The reports are serialized and stored in the Catalog table of the ReportServer database.

You can query for the report definition using the following query (taken from http://mscrmuk.blogspot.co.uk/2009/05/reading-rdl-definitions-directly-from.html)
select convert(varchar(max), convert(varbinary(max), content))
from catalog
where content is not null

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by:Shen
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i executed the query but i only see information up to <description> .... I am mainly looking for the query string used in the report so that i can execute it.
Also is there a way to open these reports from visual studio to see a visual source?
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I'm assuming these are the Reporting Services reports that you are referring to? Jus want to make sure of that.

When you run the query above, search for the <CommandText></CommandText> tags and you will find the actual query in between those tags.

As for opening these up in Visual Studio, if you have enough permission rights in Reporting Services, just download the report directly from Reporting Services. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the report name and click on Download. Then open up that RDL file in Visual Studio.
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