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Dealing with SSRS report errors

When dealing with SSRS reports, occasionally you may get an error such as the one below:

No matter what you do you still get this message; even when you fix the report and know it works.

So what does this error message mean? How do you get to the root of the problem?

The starting point of the solution is found in the MS Knowledge Base article:

How to: Enable Remote Errors (Reporting Services Configuration)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/aa337165.aspx

By following the steps in this article, you will re-run the report and a new error message will be created; only this time the error message will be more specific as to what the actual problem is that is causing the report not to run. In some cases in might be simply a permissions issue.