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SQL Server Reporting Services are no longer part of the installation media since SQL Server 2017. They are delivered as a separate Installer.

The new Installation Wizard gives no option to install multiple (named) instances of SSRS 2017 on the same machine.

Is that still possible?

  • This question is/was also valid for SQL Server 2019 Reporting Services, as the product does not support multi-instance installations and configuration. This comes with a hefty price-tag. – John aka hot2use Feb 14 at 13:21
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From my research, this is currently not implemented in SSRS 2017. I was not able to find any information in an official Deprecated Features document.

I found two votes to bring this functionality back to the product:

Update (May 2019): The feature will not be reimplemented

AdminChris Finlan (Program Manager, Microsoft Power BI) replied:

Hi all, We aren’t planning to re-implement multi-instance support as we had prior to SSRS 2017. We recommend using virtualization as an alternative, and we’re also looking at possibly adding container support in the future.

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  • The answer is equally valid for SQL Server 2019 Reporting Services. I can confirm that multi-instance installation are not provided in the installation routine. – John aka hot2use Feb 14 at 10:49
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I don't think anyone working on this project has ever worked in the real world. Let's say I own a court management system software company. I have feature 'X' that I have released out to my customers. Feature 'X' is actually a decent product and a clear gateway for selling other products my company sells.

Now, without warning and clear justification I rip the product out and let my User's stumble on to the problem. Of course, I haven't notified my support staff and have not prepared documentation for working around the problem (just to add salt to the wound I will have one of my pompous dev managers throw around words like virtualization and container.)

Then, when cornered, I blurt out "It will be added back in ..." wait a year and then blurt out "it won't be added in." Only a truly blind monopoly could get away with such actions. Microsoft, your arrogance and lack of professionalism in this matter is astonishing. You should lead us forward not into the gutter.

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