Creation of Reports and the Required Software

Reports from M-Files to an external database use the Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services infrastructure, which must be set up correctly.

When reports are created for M-Files, the SQL Server Reporting Services system contacts the exporting database to generate reports when M-Files Desktop requires it.

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services can be installed with the SQL Server package (Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or later).

Free SQL Server Express versions can also be used for reporting. To use SQL Server Express, you must use the SQL Server Express with Advanced Services edition. The edition contains the necessary reporting services module. Download it from Microsoft's website at

For more information, refer to (SQL Server Books Online).

In planning reports, you must use Business Intelligence Development Studio or the simpler Report Builder tool. The person responsible for the planning must have experience and skills in creating reports. Contact our consulting services personnel for help with report planning ([email protected]).

For installation instructions of Microsoft's reporting services, visit Microsoft's webpages or write to our customer support at [email protected] or contact your M-Files reseller.

Note: Instructions on planning and creating reports and using third-party software are available from the M-Files consulting services for a fee.