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Migrating reports generated with Crystal Reports XI SP6 to Crystal Reports 2016 or 2020

Could someone please explain if there is a migration path from legacy .RPT file generated using CR XI R2 to one of the newest versions either 2016 or 2020?

I need to gaige the complexity of transitioning, and if SAP Crystal provides a migration tool available in order to help facilitate the process.

Or worst case, would it be a total rewrite of the the reports (.RPT) and SDK handling the reports.

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  • Posted on Sep 03 at 03:31 PM

    Hi Jamy,

    First question is what SDK did you using in CR XI?

    For the version of the report it should not have any issues.

    Mostly the DB Client could cause some issues, changes in their Clients may have introduced SQL issues but mostly the reports should be fine.

    If your app is written in .NET then get CR for VS SP 28 from here:

    Read all of the info about SP 21, important updates required etc.

    Note: Cr for VS is the only source for .NET now, we no longer install with Visual Studio nor is it shipped with CR Designer.

    PS - if you are upgrading from the legacy RDC engine there is no migration path for that, it will be a complete rewrite of the CR parts in your app. Samples on the WIKI page for Parameters and Printing.


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    • Hi Don,

      Our reports are produced from within a legacy VB6 application. The custom component responsible for report handling references the following libraries.

      And this is the components

      The reports are generated and edited using the following designer product.

      This is the programming library being used

      Have I provided you enough information for you to understand our environment?

      If not please let me know what else I can gather.

      I have spent 2 days going thru the community posts trying to find an answer to a problem which many posts have been written on and you have responded to. We are one of the unfortunate companies who are now faced with the trials and tribulations of customers requiring tighter security, sending us down the path searching for a data provider that supports our TLS needs. Having a legacy app dependent on SQLOLEDB like others we replaced it with MSOLEDBSQL. After running a couple of reports we ran into a issue mentioned in another post where it was thought that CR generated invalid SQL statements while Converting DateTime values using our version of CR XI R2 in combination with MSOLEDBSQL. That is where we are stuck at right now.

      During my search in this Community site I came across links to a patch that claimed it would resolve the issue, but following the link resulted in a not found page. Not sure if it was false information or not. I may be able to dig it up if you have an interest.

      I have followed your posts and you seem to be very knowledgeable on the subject I am speaking about. So I would like to ask, Is our ONLY option to upgrade? Are there only certain known errors while using the new provider and is it possible there are workarounds that could be made by changing the report or stored procedure design?

      If the answer is still no, would SAP provide any paid consultation/instructional services to so as to expedite the migration/upgrade process?

      Any and all help you can provide us with is honestly appreciated. Thanks Don.

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