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Crystal Report Upgrade - Help

I have been asked to upgrade, deployment of reports, running on existing Crystal Enterprise 9 Server

Here is the current scenario:

- We have hundreds of reports created in Crystal Enterprise 9. These reports are then deployed via web Crystal Management Console, to the Crystal Enterprise 9 Server, running on Windows 2000
- We have Web application running on Windows 2000, which has Crystal Server Pages (.CSP), accessing reports, from Crystal Enterprise 9 Server and delivering to the Client Browser.

We need to achieve the following:

-Migrate existing web application running from Win 2000 to Win 2008. The whole application is running under .NET 2.0

-Users accessing existing reports from Win 2008 web application interface, without modify hundreds of reports.

The above application with reports, is expected to run for another two years. End of year 2018

What is the best low cost upgrade path for Crystal Reports?

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    Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 07:21 PM

    The odds of getting CE9 to run on Windows Server 2008 are slim. CE 9 has been out of support for over 10 years - since long before Win 2008 was released.

    However, here are some things you might try:

    1. Make sure the server is running the 32-bit version of Windows and not the 64-bit version.

    2. For the properties on the setup.exe, set it to run in Windows XP compatibility mode.

    3. After the installation, set the properties of all of the .exe files in the install to run in windows XP compatibility mode.

    If you can't get this working, you'll have to look at upgrading to Crystal Reports Server 2013 or 2016. All of your reports should work in this version without any changes. However, this would require a complete rewrite of your application as .csp pages no longer exist.


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