Storage Migration Tool

The Telerik Report Server Storage Migration Tool is a standalone module shipped with the Telerik Report Server installation and its purpose is to provide easy out-of-the box solution for migrating the Report Server storage. It can be used from a command line or a graphical (Windows Forms) user interface. The executables are placed in Tools\ subfolder of the installation directory.

The Storage Migration tool will copy the assets from the source storage to the specified destination. If the destination storage does not exist, it will be created. If the destination storage exists, then the source assets will be copied to the destination, without clearing the destination storage first, which can produce duplicated entries in the destination storage and

Command-Line Interface

The executable migrate.exe operates in two modes - simple and configurable migration. The simple mode copies all the entries from the source storage to the destination storage. The configurable mode allows to select which assets will be migrated along with their related entities (see the Storage assets upgrade mechanism section below). The migration mode is determined by the arguments, provided to the executable. For simple migration mode the executable must be started with two arguments, describing respectively the source and destination storage types, followed by a connection information for each storage type. An example command that performs a copy of the file storage located on C:\Report Server\Data to a Redis database hosted on localhost:6981 would look like this:

migrate.exe type=file,connection="C:\Report Server\Data" type=redis,connection=localhost:6981,defaultDatabase=1

Available values for type parameter (case-insensitive):

  • file - indicates that a file storage will be used.

  • redis - indicates that a Redis storage will be used.

  • mssqlServer - indicates that a MSSQL Server storage will be used.

File Storage Connection Parameters

When using file as a storage type, the connection parameter must contain the path to the Telerik Report Server storage directory. By default it is named Data and is placed under Telerik.ReportServer.Web folder. When the path consists of directory names containing spaces, the argument must be enclosed in quotes. When used for destination parameter, make sure the current user has proper rights for creating files in the specified folder.

Redis Storage Connection Parameters

The migration tool uses StackExchange.Redis.StrongName v.1.0.479 library as a client that accepts the value of the connection argument in order to create a connection to the database. Make sure the Redis storage instance is active and is accepting connections before commencing a migration. Examples for initializing the connection options can be found here.

MSSQL Storage Connection Parameters

Similar to the redis option, when mssqlServer type is used, the value of the connection parameter is passed as a connection string to the MSSQL client. Make sure the MSSQL server is active and accepts connections before commencing a migration. Examples for constructing the connection string can be found here. Note that if you do not specify a table name the data will be stored using the master schema.

Graphical User Interface

The migration tool can be used via Windows Forms application that provides a convenient UI and an option to log the migration process output. The form requires setting type and connection information for source and destination storages - the same way it is done with the CLI tool. An events log text box will display the results of the migration process and its content can be copied to clipboard via a context menu. If needed, the same log can be saved to a file for further examination - in this case make sure your user has the necessary privileges for writing a file into log directory.

Automating the Migration Process

Some scenarios require to deploy a pre-configured Report Server instance to the clients. The Report Server installation distributes two PowerShell scripts, named rs-export.ps1 and rs-import.ps1, that help automate this process. Although the scripts can be used out-of-the-box, their purpose is to demonstrate an example workflow, and they should be modified according to the current use case.

The rs-export.ps1 script starts a Report Server installation in silent mode and, when finished, opens the server's management console and waits for the server configuration to complete. When the administrator finishes configuring the report server (users, reports, whitelabeling, etc.), the script continues with exporting the server's assets storage into a .zip file and then exits.

The rs-import.ps1 script starts a Report Server installation and unpacks the produced by the first script .zip file as its storage. In case changing the ReportServer storage type is required, the script determines (via a parameter) the connection to the target storage and migrates the contents of the .zip file to MSSQL or REDIS, if needed. The script also modifies the .config file in Report Server directory so it will match the target storage type. Finally the scripts starts the Report Server Manager and exits.

Both scripts accept startup parameters, defining the installation directory and path to the produced .zip file, so they would work even without modification for most common migration scenarios.

Storage assets upgrade mechanism

The migration tool can perform a selective migration using a rule set defined in external JSON file. This is useful in continuous deployment scenarios, where the target database must be regularly updated without affecting its current assets. This migration mode is determined by an additional config parameter of the migrate.exe utility and looks like this:

migrate.exe type=file,connection="C:\Report Server Source\Data" type=file,connection="C:\Report Server Deployed\Data" config=config.json

The above command will migrate the report server file storage located at C:\Report Server Source\Data to the file storage located at C:\Report Server Deployed\Data, applying the rules defined in config.json file. If the destination storage does not exist, it will be created.

Configuration file

The configuration file that determines the rules for the migration is in JSON-format and looks like the one below:

{
  "user": {
    "name": "newUser",
    "password": "newPassword",
    "email": "newMail@somemail.org",
    "firstName": "First",
    "lastName": "Second"
  },
  "mailConfiguration": {
   "smtpHost": "myNewHost.smtp.org",
   "port": "33",
   "useSecureConnection": "true",
   "accountName": "newUser",
   "password": "111111",
   "senderEmail": "newSenderEmail",
   "senderName": "newSenderName"
  },
  "assets": [ "reports", "data connections", "scheduled tasks", "data alerts", "users" ]
}

Configuration file rules

The configuration file describes which assets will be migrated, applying the rules for each asset or collection as shown below:

  • User – the JSON file must contain a single user. If the username exists in the target storage, its data will not be updated, just its ID will be retrieved and will be used when migrating the reports asset. If the user is new to the target storage, it will be inserted as administrator. If the user exists on the target storage and has NO administrator rights, the migration process will abort with explanatory message.

  • Mail Server – this entry is optional. If provided, it will insert or update the mail server settings on the target storage.

  • Assets - defines the assets that will be migrated as follows:

  • Reports – when migrating the stock set of reports, the new reports (the ones that do not exist in the target, compared by combination of category and report name) will be inserted, and the existing ones will be updated. When the report is new, only its last revision from the source storage will be inserted in the target storage. When the report already exists, the last revision from the source storage will be inserted as a last revision in the target storage. If a report has a specific permission that do not exist on the target storage, the permission will be migrated as well. The permissions assignment depends on whether the user exists in the destination storage and the "users" flag is used in the assets configuration, as explained below:

    • if the permission is assigned to a user that exists in destination storage, it will be migrated and assigned to the that user.
    • if the permission is assigned to a user that does not exist in destination storage and users flag is included in assets configuration, the user will be migrated and the permission will be migrated and assigned to this new user.
    • if the permission is assigned to a user that does not exist in destination storage and users flag is not included in assets configuration, then the permission will be migrated and assigned to the migration user.
  • Data connections – the data connections that do not exist in the target storage, will be inserted. Existing data connections will not be updated, because this could break the currently working reports. The permissions are migrated the same way as with the Report Permissions collection.

  • Scheduled Tasks and Data Alerts – their migration follow the same rules as with the Data connections. If a task or alert is related to a report that does not exist on the target storage, that relation will be preserved, changing the report ID when the report is migrated. The permissions are migrated the same way as with the Report Permissions collection.

  • Users – The users that do not exist in the target storage, will be inserted along with their roles. Existing users data will not be updated. The permissions are migrated the same way as with the Report Permissions collection.

The application outputs a detailed log in the console so the migration process can be easily tracked. In case an error occurs, the stack trace will be logged as well. The migration process cannot be rolled back, so it is recommended to create a backup of the storage before migrating. This can be done manually, using batch files or through scripts, as explained above.

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