SQL 2008 Reporting Services installation failure “The Reporting Service catalog database file exists. Select a Reporting Services files-only mode installation.”

We were doing a re-install of SQL 2008 Reporting Services recently when we came across the below error.



This was caused due to the Reporting Services SQL databases, still existing from the previous SQL installation.

To Resolve this i deleted the following databases from the SQL installation location and then when i  hit ‘re-‘run’ and all tests passed Smile



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  1. Abc

    Great solution Daniel…worked perfectly for me.

  2. Nagaraju

    Hi ,

    Thank you very much now it is working

  3. JohnyMotorhead

    Yeah, thanks man! It helped a lot!

  4. Ericc

    Found it!

    It is located at “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA” for people that werent able to find it either 😉

  5. phornsophan

    thank you very much that you can help me!

  6. Robin

    thanks bro

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