SSRS client side printing

Yesterday I was working with a client who virtualized all desktops using Citrix.

Whenever you want to use the print function of an SSRS report, you are required to install an ActiveX plugin. However, end users are not allowed to install new software on a virtualized desktop, and Microsoft doesn't provide a direct link to a generic installer that could be rolled out over all virtualized desktops.

The binary that needs to be installed is known as RSClientPrint, and is always installed on the server where SSRS is installed, inside the bin folder of the SSRS installation. For 2014, the location is:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSRS11.MSSQLSERVER\Reporting Services\ReportServer\bin

Inside, two CAB files can be found (RSClientPrint-x64.cab and RSClientPrint-x86.cab). These are the installers for the Reporting Services print plugin.

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