Saturday, October 9, 2010

Issue: IIS7 “Reports” folder is requiring Windows Authentication

I’ve been working on a ASP.NET project that contained a sub folder call “Reports.” Oddly, every time I tried to browse to it under IIS7 I would get prompted with a “Windows Authentication” dialog.

I had never programmed this, and couldn’t figure out why it was required.

Turns out, the issue was with having SQL Server Reporting Services installed. SSRS by default uses the “Reports” virtual directory under port 80 as it’s Report Manager URL.

After I changed the “Report Manager URL” within the “Reporting Services Configuration Manager” everything was right with the world again.

I just thought I would share this with everyone in case someone else runs into the problem.


I’m using IIS7 and SQL Server 2008


  1. Thanks! Ran into this tonight.

  2. Thanks for the Tip!
    That has got to be one of the stupidest things I've seen MS do in a while.

  3. This saved me hell of trouble. Thanks Justin. :-)

  4. Wow! This is the stupidest thing ever!! Thanks M$ for wasting 3 days of my life. Thanks Justin for saving me from going insane.

  5. THANKS a ton!! You are my saviour for today!! It really saved my time. Never knew it's linked to something like this.. :) You are a STAR!!!

  6. Thanks for posting this, saved me from beating my head against the wall!

  7. I also want to thank you for posting this, as I unsuccessfully fought this for hours before finding your post. Thank you!