RS 2008 SP2: Reporting Services Client-Side Printing and Silent Deployment of RSClientPrint.cab ActiveX file
Hello, after installing Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 we have a problem with client side printing (RSClientPrint ActiveX control). short introduction (http://www.kodyaz.com/articles/client-side-printing-silent-deployment-of-rsclientPrint.aspx): "RSClientPrint.cab is a Microsoft ActiveX control that provides client side printing for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services reports. Downloading and installing the ActiveX control RSClientPrint.cab requires administrator permissions on the client machine. If the print command is being run for the report server by that user's client machine then the client request the RSClientPrint.cab download from the related Report Server. While downloading the ActiveX software the browser will promt the user whether the software will be installed or not considering the security issues. Again, it is necessary to note that administration permissions are required for downloading and installing the rsclientprint ActiveX. For RSClientPrint install, RSClientPrint.cab download is the first step in installing the ActiveX on IE browser. After the installation of the RSClientPrint is successfully done, the Print dialog box is displayed. In most companies the Information Technology policies do not grant the admin privileges to the end users. So the end users running on the client computers can not download and install the ActiveX print client file RSClientPrint.cab. So it is a need for the IT departments to distribute this client side printing ActiveX control in order to support their clients to work with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) without a problem. ..." Before installing SP2 it was possible to distribute the ActiveX control to the clients. RSClientPrint.cab was installed in "c:\windows\system32" and the clients mustn't downloading and installing the ActiveX control anymore. After installing SP2 the distribution of the ActiveX control to the clients has no effect. If the print command is being run for the report server by that user's client machine then the client always request the RSClientPrint.cab download from the related Report Server - no matter if the ActiveX control is already installed or not. Due to missing administrator permissions the clients get the error message "Unable to load client print control." Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Christian Walk
October 28th, 2010 2:52am

Hi cwalk, we've had the same problem, but the solution is relative simple. install sql server 2008 r2 on a test client or virtual machine and then use the updated activex-control components from their or copy it to your old installation. here is a another thread about the same problem: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sqlreportingservices/thread/799e7c86-1d2d-445f-9b18-687c1474e0a7 Regards, Andreas
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November 30th, 2010 9:27am

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