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Report Builder 2.0 and 3.0: free?

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  • When you download the RB 2.0 or RB 3.0 from the Microsoft Download center and then install it, you will be prompted to read and accepta a EULA.  This EULA clearly states that you need to use RB in conjunction with specific licenses of SQL Server.   It does not mean that you need to license each user machine - it means that you must have appropriate licenses in place.  SQL Server in general is licensed in two ways:

    1) CAL - each user must have a client access license.  You pay a smaller upfront fee for the server and then you add users at a cost per user

    2) Per CPU - each server is licensed to handle arbitrary numbers of users to the capacity that can be handled by the number of licensed CPUs on the computer.  

    Either way, you do need to have purchased and licenses SQL Server.  Once you have done this, and the edition of that SQL Server matches those described in the RB EULA, then you should be pretty much good to go.

    Hope this helps,

    -Lukasz


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    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:19 PM

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  • No, They are not free.

    You legally need SQl server licence to run them.

    Please refer to this thread..

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sqlreportingservices/thread/cdda4b18-78fc-4b82-b440-8b6a7d8ba237/#b71ed2f3-eec4-44da-b3f5-3788f7241a88


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    • Proposed as answer by Miloslav Peterka Wednesday, May 19, 2010 4:01 PM
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    Wednesday, May 19, 2010 3:56 PM
  • Thanks Sandeep.

    It is clear that the license of Report Builder 1.0-SSRS 2005 follows the SQL Server 2005 license, but it isn't more clear for

    Report Builder 2.0/3.0 for SSRS 2008/2008 R2.

    Does exist a Microsoft official note about this licensing? The Report Builder 2.0 and 3.0 are downloadable, while it isn't possible for Report Builder 1.0?

    If anyone has a previous version (2000/2005), can him free download Report Builder 2.0/3.0?

    Many thanks

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010 4:15 PM
  • The Report Builder 2.0/3.0 as it are free available and usable, see also:

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/de-DE/sqlreportingservices/thread/2896eeb5-a946-4828-ac4c-985abf8b6d5a

    But you create RDL files to deploy to a SSRS and if user want to access those reports on SSRS CALs (Clients Access Licence) are required.


    Olaf Helper ----------- * cogito ergo sum * errare humanum est * quote erat demonstrandum * Wenn ich denke, ist das ein Fehler und das beweise ich täglich http://olafhelper.over-blog.de
    Wednesday, May 19, 2010 6:12 PM
  • Ok Olaf. Obviously you refer to a SQL Server 2008 license and not any SQL license, isn'it?

    Thanks

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010 8:05 PM
  • Where do you differ between "SQL Server 2008 license" and "SQL license" (at all, what's a "SQL license"?).

    You need MS SQL Server CALs to access SSRS.


    Olaf Helper ----------- * cogito ergo sum * errare humanum est * quote erat demonstrandum * Wenn ich denke, ist das ein Fehler und das beweise ich täglich http://olafhelper.over-blog.de
    Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:36 PM
  • Olaf, Sandeep said about SQL license. So I think that for using Report Builder 3.0 I could be enough to have a previous version respect to 2008, isn'it? Thanks
    Thursday, May 20, 2010 8:36 PM
  • Hi,

    It is true that the license of Report Builder 1.0-SSRS 2005 follows the SQL Server 2005 license; it is the same to Report Builder 2.0/3.0 for SSRS 2008/2008 R2.

    1.      Report Builder 2.0 for SSRS 2008 is available on:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9f783224-9871-4eea-b1d5-f3140a253db6&displaylang=en

    2.      Report Builder 3.0 for SSRS 2008 is available on:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d3173a87-7c0d-40cc-a408-3d1a43ae4e33

    Regards,

    Challen Fu

    Monday, May 24, 2010 3:21 AM
  • When you download the RB 2.0 or RB 3.0 from the Microsoft Download center and then install it, you will be prompted to read and accepta a EULA.  This EULA clearly states that you need to use RB in conjunction with specific licenses of SQL Server.   It does not mean that you need to license each user machine - it means that you must have appropriate licenses in place.  SQL Server in general is licensed in two ways:

    1) CAL - each user must have a client access license.  You pay a smaller upfront fee for the server and then you add users at a cost per user

    2) Per CPU - each server is licensed to handle arbitrary numbers of users to the capacity that can be handled by the number of licensed CPUs on the computer.  

    Either way, you do need to have purchased and licenses SQL Server.  Once you have done this, and the edition of that SQL Server matches those described in the RB EULA, then you should be pretty much good to go.

    Hope this helps,

    -Lukasz


    Got a bug or feature request? Tell me about it at http://connect.microsoft.com. This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:19 PM
  • I am using Report Builder 2.0. I just installed and only report Builder 2.0. I do not know the license to the software when it expires.
    Monday, August 19, 2013 3:44 AM