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FIX: The Report Definition Customization Extension does not modify the RDL file as expected in SQL Server 2008 R2

Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 R2 fix release.
SYMPTOMS
Assume that you use the Report Definition Customization Extension (RDCE) to change a SQL Server 2008 R2 Report Definition Language (RDL) file in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. After RDCE processes the file, the file is not changed. You expect the file to be changed by RDCE.

Note RDCE is a feature that enables a Reporting Services extension to dynamically change parts of an RDL file before a report runs. For more information, refer to the “More Information” section.
CAUSE
The issue occurs because SQL Server 2008 R2 RDL schema is structurally different from the RDL schema in SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2005. This structural difference causes the routines that merge the original RDL and the changed RDL to fail.
RESOLUTION

SQL Server 2008 R2

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 3. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 R2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2261464 Cumulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2008 R2
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 R2 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
981356 The SQL Server 2008 R2 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 R2 was released
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
MORE INFORMATION
In a SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 RDL file, RDCE can specify a subset of the RDL file to be replaced. This subset can contain the Page, PageHeader, PageFooter, or Body element. The RDL file for SQL Server 2008 R2 introduces ReportSections as a top-level container for these elements. This fix changes the behavior of RDCE to treat any Page, PageHeader, PageFooter, or Body element as ReportSections elements, and triggers a merge together with that element of the RDL file. 
REFERENCES
For more information about RDCE, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) website:For more information about Reporting Services extensions, visit the following MSDN website:For more information about the Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935897 An Incremental Servicing Model is available from the SQL Server team to deliver hotfixes for reported problems


For more information about the naming schema for SQL Server updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822499New naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packages


For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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Article ID: 2290377 - Last Review: 08/17/2010 09:09:00 - Revision: 2.0

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup

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