For some of the features of Report Server to work, you must provide and configure hardware or software before installing.
The reports that are output can either be in the form of .PNG images or .XLS spreadsheets placed in a file system, or as emails. Hardware requirements are identical to the data workbench client.
The following requirements exist for Report Server:
Install an Appropriate Graphics Adapter. To properly render reports, the machine on which you install Report Server must have an appropriate graphics adapter installed.
Install Microsoft Excel to Generate Reports as Excel Files. To generate and distribute reports as Microsoft Excel files ( .xls or .xlsx), the machine on which you install Report Server must have the appropriate version of 64-bit Microsoft Excel installed and registered. If Excel has not been registered and Report Server tries to access it for the first time, Excel will display a registration dialog box. If you are not sure whether the copy is registered, start Excel manually and if a registration dialog box appears, complete the registration process.
When you generate reports as Excel files, you are opening a new instance of Excel. For more information about this process, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257757.
Provide access to an SMTP server to distribute reports by email. If you would like to distribute reports in email, Report Server must be able to connect to an SMTP server, and the appropriate ports to the email forwarding service must be opened.