Creating Custom SSRS Security Roles

When you have a consolidated environment, usually you don’t want to set very broad permissions to users, most of the times you only want them to see what is really necessary.

Doing that in the Database Engine is quite easy, but what about Reporting Services? We know that SSRS exposes the following default roles: Browser, Content Manager, My Reports, Publisher and Report Builder. However, for me sometimes those roles offer too much to the user.

What people usually don’t know is that you can connect to your SSRS Instance using SQL Server Management Studio and then create customized roles. So, let me show you how to do it.

First of all, open Management Studio and connect to your SSRS Instance.


PS: Do not forget to change the Server Type to Reporting Services

After that, this is the view that you have it.


From this point, what you have to do is right click on Roles and create a new role.


In my case I only want to enable people to View Reports and Folders that I grant permission to and nothing else. So, all that you have to do is select those two settings as shown in the screen.

Now that you have your role created, it is time to have it setup in the reports.

As you can see below I have two folders.


In my example I only want to grant viewer permissions to the first folder and keep the second one hidden. To do that click in Manage Folder as shown below.


Now, click on Add group or user


By default BUILTIN\Administrators will always be there. In the Group or User area type the domain along with user or group account and select role that we have just created.


Now, you have to pay some attention to this point. After you have added the user or group in the root folder, the same permissions are applied to the child folders, therefore this means that for all folders below root the account will be there and the users will be able to see it. Because we don’t want that, we have to go on each folder where the account should have no permissions and delete it from there.

On each folder where the user should have no access, go to the manage settings and click in the Security tab and then click on Customize security


This pop up will show up to you, and you just have to click it on OK.


Select the user and click to delete.


Now, when you refresh your screen, you are just going to see the needed folder.


In case you ask me if there are easier ways to do it. YES!!! Powershell is the way to go for that. I will not do it in this post, but I will do a second one showing how to achieve the same thing with Powershell.

I hope you liked!

Marcos Freccia

About Marcos Freccia

MVP em SQL Server (Data Plataform) , especialista em SQL Server, e atualmente trabalhando com Microsoft Azure!

Posted on November 6, 2017, in Dicas, VirtualPass and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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