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Scott
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Posted - 08/30/2007 :  10:14:10  Show Profile  Visit Scott's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have a SQL 2000 box which is out of maintenance, has a drive failure on the C:\ mirror and failed to regenerate when a new drive was put in. It is still running and I am migrating the DB's to a new box.

At the same time reporting services is throwing the following error: (All running on the same box)
The report server cannot decrypt the symmetric key used to access sensitive or encrypted data in a report server database. You must either restore a backup key or delete all encrypted content and then restart the service. Check the documentation for more information. (rsReportServerDisabled)

From what I have read this is from service accounts being changed, which they haven't. Usually I would reboot the box and hope that fixed it but given the hardware problems I want to get everything off before the reboot.
Is there a way to extract the rdl files from the server without being able to browse to report manager? I then cam move the rdl's to another server.

Thanks
Scott

Scott
Posting Yak Master

USA
145 Posts

Posted - 08/30/2007 :  13:06:55  Show Profile  Visit Scott's Homepage  Reply with Quote
So I eventually just deleted the encrypted data. RSKeyMgmt -d this brought the report server back up and just required me to re-created the data sources. Still not sure why this happened, didn't change any logins, instances etc...

Of interest I found this very nice tool:
http://www.sqldbatips.com/showarticle.asp?ID=62
It will script almost anything on the report server and will bulk extract the rdl's.
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