Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 UR12 – Report cannot be displayed

By - March 7, 2013

There are many reasons why you might get the “Report cannot be displayed” error message  for custom reports and/or out of the box reports in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.  If you are getting this message for out of the box reports and custom reports, then the issue is most likely related to an issue with SRS Connector for Dynamics CRM component.  This component gets installed on the server that is hosting the Dynamics CRM reports (and SQL Reporting Services).  First, make sure SQL reporting services is running.  Many times, the issue is actually with SSRS rather than anything to do with Dynamics CRM proper.  You can check to see if SSRS is running by going to the SQL server and going to (Start>>Programs>>Microsoft SQL Server {version}>>Configuration Tools>>Reporting Services Configuration Manager>>Connect) and you’ll see whether the service is running or not on the main screen.  Another relatively painless thing to try is to re-install (uninstall, then install again) the component on your SQL server.  This will re-deploy the out of the box reports to your CRM server and re-establish the connector and data sources.  The data source issue can occur if you get something like an encryption key problem when accessing the report manager or any SSRS report.  There are many links out there that address this specific problem.

If you have recently upgraded your on premise Dynamics CRM 2011 to UR12, you might have a different issue.  Make sure that you have upgraded the SRS component for the UR12 upgrade and if you have a separate SQL server, make sure you’ve installed the SRS update on that server.  I recenly had aDynamics CRM client that was using WSUS on their CRM server and the UR12 update was applied automatically, but WSUS was not running on their SQL server and so the update did not occur for the SRS piece and the reports stopped working with the dreaded “Report cannot be displayed” message. See image below to see highlighted downloaded of SRS component to install.

UR 12 DownloadsIf you are just having this issue with custom reports, try deleting the report from Dynamics CRM and re-uploading the rdl again.  Obviously, make sure you have the source RDL before deleting.  We run into this issue all the time, particularly using FetchXML in the dataset.  Another thing to try if you’re having an issue with a custom report is undo your most recent changes and layer them back in one at a time until you find out what caused the break.  Sometimes, I have found that you can preview the report in Visual Studio and it still will not run in Dynamics CRM.  Again, try the delete, re-deploy method first, then try the “trial and error” method.

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By: Bill Caldwell – Colorado Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner

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Bill Caldwell is a director and lead Microsoft Dynamics CRM consultant in the Denver, Colorado practice.  Bill is a certified Microsoft Dynamics CRM consultant and specializes in customizations, reports, customized queries and integrations.  Bill is an active member of the Dynamics community since joining RSM in 2007.  Bill is also experienced with the Microsoft development suites, which includes SQL Server, Visual Studio.Net and SQL Server Reporting Services.  Prior to this, Bill spent five years working in industry as an accountant and financial analyst. Contact Information: Email: Phone: 303.298.6465 Follow Bill on Google+

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