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Upgrading Crystal Reports/Enterprise

Oct 19, 2016 at 02:19 PM

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Hi

For the past umpteen years I have been using crystal reports 9 (yes 9!) with Crystal Enterprise 9 to publish reports for users. Unfortunately the time has come where the councils latest Server upgrades (to 2008) have rendered my version obsolete. Honestly its like saying goodbye to a dear old friend. But hey life moves on, so my question(s) is.

If I purchase Crystal reports 2016 - does it come with a similar product like Crystal Enterprise to allow me to publish reports on the web (or our intranet?)

Does it support ODBC?

I am going to install it on a Widows 2008 server and point it to SQL Server 2012 Db using an ODBC can anyone see any issues please?

Many thanks

Kieron

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Denis Konovalov
Oct 19, 2016 at 02:23 PM
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You can find out all about CR2016 here :

http://help.sap.com/bocr2016?current=pcat_analytics

If you want ability to share reports via web, maybe Crystal Server 2016 is what you need :

http://help.sap.com/bocrs?current=bocr2016&show_children=false

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Kuldeep Ghosh Oct 19, 2016 at 02:34 PM
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With Crystal Reports 2016 you can either go with "Crystal Report Server 2016" or SAP Business Objects BI Platform 4.2. This give you the ability to save the report on the enterprise server and end user can access it using a BI Launchpad (earlier know as Infoview).

Have a look at this link. It also shows the Product Availability Matrix and supporting database and connection medium.

This link contains supporting document for Crystal Reports 2016.

Hope this will help.

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Dell Stinnett-Christy Oct 19, 2016 at 02:40 PM
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Crystal no longer comes with Crystal Reports Server/Crystal Enterprise 9 as part of the package. You would need to purchase Crystal Reports Server 2016 AND Crystal Reports 2016 to get your current functionality. If you're didn't by any additional licenses for Crystal Enterprise 9, you would just need a 5 CAL license.

If you're just interested in providing access so that users can view your reports interactively or running your reports at specific times and sending them directly to the users, you could also consider using Crystal 2016 with the Crystal .NET SDK, which is a separate free download, to write a program that will handle this. There are some limits to it - only 3 concurrent users and 100 "print jobs". A print job is a report or subreport instance. So, for example, if you have a report that includes a subreport and the subreport runs 4 times within the main report, that's 5 print jobs. If you have a report that includes a subreport and the subreport runs more than 99 times within the main report, the report will fail because it will use more than 100 print jobs.

-Dell

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Kieron Clark Oct 19, 2016 at 02:50 PM
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Thanks for all replies

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Sastry Duvvuri Oct 20, 2016 at 07:24 AM
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Hi Kieron

If I purchase Crystal reports 2016 - does it come with a similar product like Crystal Enterprise to allow me to publish reports on the web (or our intranet?)

Crystal reports 2016 is a designer and you can't place reports on old enterprise, you also have to go for either CR for enterprise 2016 or Business Objects 4.2 server.

Does it support ODBC?

Yes, it supports ODBC.

I am going to install it on a Widows 2008 server and point it to SQL Server 2012 Db using an ODBC can anyone see any issues please?

Yes, you can install and create ODBC to access SQL Server 2012.

Thanks,

Sastry

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