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Getting SSRS report data using a Web URL

We have third party software that uses an on-prem SQL Server database. Trying to understand all the data we need to create a Power BI report has proven to be complicated to figure out what all they're doing behind the scenes.

 

However, the software does have SSRS paginated reports and allows you to create custom ones. Looking at the SQL query that made a particular report was around 7000 lines of SQL, which has been hard to reverse engineer.

 

So instead of trying to recreate the SQL query from scratch, it appears I can connect directly to an SSRS report via a Web URL and get the data that way (see article: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/reporting-services/export-a-report-using-url-access?view=sql-s....

 

Connecting using this as an Excel export allowed me to get to that data and seems to work: https://myrshost/ReportServer/Pages/ReportViewer.aspx?/ReportFolder/Report001&rs:Format=Excel

 

Is this a good alternative way to do this? What issues could I run into connecting this way?

 

Any suggestions would be welcomed.

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