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I have migrated a SQL Enterprise standalone SSRS installation to a new SQL Standard 2 node Basic AG recently. I got the expected "scale-out-deployment is not supported error", and I resolved that by removing the old server's information from the keys table in the reportserver DB. I now have just 2 lines in that table, a NULL machine name and Node1. the report server works perfectly fine on Node1 right now, but when i fail over to node2 I get the "scale out feature is not supported" error when I go to the web service URL link(http://Node2:80/Reportserver), but NOT when i go to the web Portal URL link (http://node2:80/Reports). That gives me access to the reports fodlers, but when I try to launch a report I get the Scale out error.

If I restore the encryption key, it works fine, despite having already restored the encryption key previously.

Can I not have SSRS installed on both nodes of a basic availability group? Should it be installed on Node1 only? If so, will I still be able to access the shared reportserverDB?

This is my first attempt with basic availability groups, I didn't run into this issue at all with my last enterprise install since I was using scale-out deployment.

Just had another thought... the source DB that the reportserver is pulling data from is in a different AG since basic AG's can only have 1 DB in them. if that DB is on a different node then what reportserver and reportservertempDB are running on, could that be a problem? would the source DB need to be failed over as well?

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A SSRS scale-out deployment is an Enterprise Edition ONLY feature.

I don't like providing link-only answers, but this alternative approach outlined by Rodney Landrum, is much too long to copy/paste into an answer, and I suspect his blog entry will be around for quite some time as it's hosted by Red-Gate.

Long story short, you can't approach this via a scale-out deployment, but there is an alternative solution available if you don't mind some additional administration and automation required to make it happen.

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  • Thanks for the response John, that link was very helpful. i was aware that scale-out deployment was enterprise only, but I mistakenly assumed that I could still have SSRS on each node, but not "join" each server to the deployment like you do in enterprise, and that would not be considered scale-out. I'll have to check into making the suggestion in the link our go to option. – DBA Greg14 Jun 11 '19 at 14:40

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