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Crystal Report Deployment

Hello, My company is trying to implement Crystal Reports but someone told me there are two types of Crystal Reports:

1. Server based

2. Desktop based.

Does anyone here know the difference between these 2? I am not able to find anything on this online maybe they are called something else.

Thanks.

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    Posted on Nov 29, 2011 at 03:26 PM

    Thank IAn, so desktop installation is ntohing but a viewer that would connect directly to the database and Server-based is where a user will connect to the server only? if this is the case then I don't see the benefit of installing the server. Thanks.

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      Ok, so if i just do the desktop based installation would I need to buy as many licenses as server based installation? is it not what we always do design and view reports? what else is available in server based that I will miss out in desktop based deployment? thanks.

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    Posted on Nov 29, 2011 at 03:21 PM

    Reports are exactly the same.

    Crystal Reports need to be developed on desk top application - Crystal Reports. If you want other users to be able to run reports they also need Crystal Reports installed on their PC.

    You can deploy Crystal Reports on a server based application such as BOXI or Crystal Enterpriseas it used to be called (I think Crystal Reports Server is still available too) . Here reports can be viewed and executed by users via a web browser provided they have login credentials to use the server application. You still need Crystal Reports to develop the original report.

    Ian

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    • I have Crystal Reports 2008 Client and Crystal Reports Server. We use windows scheduler to invoke a DOS Batch file that runs a dozen or more Month End applications against a MS SQL Database. After the month end apps are done, the batch file does a backup of production database and restores the database onto separate (reporting) server. We manually execute Crystal reports against the database on the reporting server.

      We woudl like to automatically run the Crystal reports against the reporting server by calling them at the end of the DOS batch file.

      How would I do this?

      Thank you,

      Tony

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