System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: 'Create Report' Doesn't Work, so what do I do now?(Updated)

Today I was working in my lab creating custom reports, and when I clicked on Create Report, I received the following message:

“The Request Failed with HTTP status 503: Service Unavailable”.

My first impression was that I forgot a pre-req, as usual - when we don’t make a check list we do often forget stuff! But then I realized there was something more going on within my System Center 2012 Configuration Manager lab.

Read on to find out how I troubleshot it:


The Problem

To give you a better idea of the problem, I:

- launched System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Console

- clicked on Monitoring Workspace > Reporting > Reports

- and then clicked Create Report on the ribbon.


That produced a Configuration Manager dialog box with the error:

The request failed with HTTP status 503: Service Unavailable.


First, I checked the services to make sure all of them were started, and I found that SQL Server Reporting Services was stopped.

So, I right-clicked and chose Start.


But once I started the service, I tried again and got this nice message:

The Report Builder click-once application does not exist on the report server ‘’. Ensure that the report builder application manifest exists on the server and try again.


To fix this I went ahead and downloaded Report Builder 3.0, ran it, and used the wizard to install it.

As a note: when you get to the following screen on the wizard to enter the Default Target Server, make sure you enter the reporting service point you are using for that site.


Note: If the target server is not running SharePoint Integrated Mode, you may need to enter .

Then, I clicked Next and followed the rest of the wizard until I finished the installation.

Now that we’ve finished installing the Report Builder we need to do a small change in the registry in order to use it. (I know is a lot of small steps, but will be worth it once we’ve finished!)

The following link provides more information about the process we will perform: .


The Solutions

1. On the computer running the Configuration Manager console, open the Windows Registry Editor. (Start, type REGEDIT and press Enter)

2. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Wow6432Node/Microsoft/ConfigMgr10/AdminUI/Reporting

3. Double-click the ReportBuilderApplicationManifestName value to edit the value data.

4. Change ReportBuilder_2_0_0_0.application to ReportBuilder_3_0_0_0.application, and then click OK.

5. Close the Windows Registry Editor.

Right, that’s done!

Now let’s open the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Console and try to use the Create Report button again:


Success! Now I can create my custom report!

I hope these steps to fix this problem help you if you’ve run into the same thing.

SP1 Update

As a note for SP1, please use these steps too:

Use Notepad or any text editor to open the file:

*Note Open Notepad as Administrator, otherwise you won’t be able to save the edits.

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration
Scroll down to the <ReportBuilderMapping> section.

In my case it originally contained


    <add key="11.0" value="ReportBuilder_3_0_0_0.application"/>
    <add key="10.50" value="ReportBuilder_3_0_0_0.application" />
    <add key="10.0" value="ReportBuilder_2_0_0_0.application"/>
    <add key="DEFAULT" value="ReportBuilder_2_0_0_0.application"/>


We want to replace the 2's in those last two lines with 3's, so it looks like this:


    <add key="11.0" value="ReportBuilder_3_0_0_0.application" />
    <add key="10.50" value="ReportBuilder_3_0_0_0.application" />
    <add key="10.0" value="ReportBuilder_3_0_0_0.application"/>
    <add key="DEFAULT" value="ReportBuilder_3_0_0_0.application"/> 


If these steps helped you, please leave a comment!

Thanks for those that has contribute to this post to make it better, your assistance is very appreciated.

 Note* if you are looking for some R2, Check out my post on RBA.

Santos Martinez - Premier Field Engineer - SMS/ConfigMgr/SQL


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Comments (37)
  1. I have updated the instructions, in case you have SP1.


  2. Tina,

    More than happy to assist you, for this I will need a little bit more details about the issue. Can you send me a email.

    Otherwise you need to make sure the report builder 3.0 is installed correctly, try re-installing it and let me know.


  3. Anonymous says:

    I have done all of the above and still get the click once error.  My wsus server is separate, but I installed it only on the sccm server.  I don't need to install it on the wsus server as well, do I?  My reporting services point is on the sccm server.  The only other thing I can think of is that I installed the report builder in a different location on the hard drive than my config mgr, but I wouldn't think that would make a difference.  The configmgmtexe.config file listed above is in the same location that the config manager is located, so it seems like it can find it OK.  I'm out of ideas here.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you soo much. It worked great. I have SP1 so I had to use both steps, the registry and the config file.  This saved me so much time. Thank you again for posting.


  5. @pchw I'm not sure what wrong in your case either, my suggestion will be to contact CTS Support.


  6. Anonymous says:

    If you have SQL and all the other roles on a separate SCCM server, i assume you carry out these tasks on the SCCM server?


  7. Glad it works.


  8. koenraadrens says:

    Thanks, the Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe.config change helped me

  9. I followed your directions above as I was getting the same report builder click-once error.  However I have SCCM installed on one server and I have a different server running SQL that is used for my reporting service point.  I did list the reporting service point as the default server.  However I still get the same error message as before at it lists the server that SCCM is installed on and not my reporting sql server.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

  10. edward says:

    I am having the same problem as Tina!

  11. Brit says:

    Thanks for the additional information at the bottom about Service Pack 1.  This is the first post I found about editing the Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe.config file.  

  12. Erik Curtis says:

    OUTSTANDING. This worked for me!

  13. Kevin Lee says:

    Thanks Santos! Had the same issue after upgrading to SCCM SP1. Your updated instructions of modifying the Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe.config fixed my issue too.

  14. vrkumar01 says:

    Thanks Santos it worked like a peice of cake 🙂

  15. HiggsBoson says:

    Thanks, Ninja,  Everything worked perfectly.

  16. Joe says:

    Outstanding. THANK YOU!

  17. Carl G. says:

    Works fine! SP1 section did the TRICK!

  18. jamie says:

    Yay!   Thanks – It worked well.

  19. Many thanks for this good post and complete information (.config file update). This solve my issue too !


  20. Troy says:


    Worked great for me.

  21. George says:

    Nice article Santos. it was detailed, step-by-step and to the point. This resolved our issue. We'll be sure to keep checking back for more relevant information. Thank you!

  22. sergei says:

    Hi Santos, thank you for the great post. Unfortunately it fixed the problem half way for me. I can run my reports from the browser, but not from the admin console. Implementing your fix at least allows me to edit the reports in admin console, but when I click Run — nothing happens: no error messages, nada. Any ideas on what else I might need to do? The problem with the reporting started after I upgraded SCCM2012 to SP1.


  23. Thai Nguyen says:

    Thanks Santos, the SP1 information fixed the issue!!

  24. Adrian says:

    Worked like a charm!  Thank you so much.

  25. Mark C, says:

    Thanks, the Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe.config change was what I was missing!

  26. Teakwoodkite says:

    Changing the the above mentioned items worked and I thank you Santos.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Hello All, ConfigNinja here to write about Reports in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. One

  28. KC says:

    Thanks man, the SP1 solution worked for me too.

  29. John says:

    Your post worked great. I still received the same error until i rebooted the sccm server. All was good after that.

  30. Mike Dodds says:

    Spot on dude… I salute you!!!

  31. Ditlev says:

    Thx for this post – I obviously forgot to update the ReportBuilder when we did the SP1 update:-)

  32. Bmcd says:

    Thank you for this post. It definatly helped after I upgraded to R2, had to do all the same steps…especially the config edit!

  33. Nir says:

    fixed my issue

  34. Chris says:

    Awesome.. worked a treat.

    Make sure to read all the way through and do all the steps.. missed the last 2 at first.


  35. Marc says:

    Awesome! Worked after a reinstall and following all the steps. Had to specify http://localhost/reportserver to get it to work. My SCCM install is running all on one server.

  36. Etienne says:

    Thanks man! Especially the SP1 addition did the trick.

  37. David says:

    This worked for me!

    Many thanks – brilliant

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