The file size of the PDF file generated by SSRS 2014 or 2016 is larger when compared to the earlier versions of SQL Server

Applies to: SQL Server 2016 DeveloperSQL Server 2016 EnterpriseSQL Server 2016 Enterprise Core

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario:
  • You publish a SQL Server 2014 or 2016 Reporting Services report that contains multiple pages to a report server.
  • The report contains images that reference binary image data in a database.
  • The images are located in the report header or report footer area.

In this scenario, when you export this report to a PDF file, the file size of the PDF file is larger than the PDF file that is generated by an earlier version of SQL Server.

For example, for a six-page report, the file size of the PDF file that is generated by an earlier version of SQL Server may be 100 KB. However, the file size of the PDF file that is generated by SQL Server could be six times larger, or 600 KB.

Resolution


This problem was fixed in the following cumulative updates for SQL Server:


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Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

References


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