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Unable to install project onto Win 2008 R2 server

We have an application that we have created in Visual Studio 2005 (32 bit) that allows us to run reports created in Crystal Report XI (32 bit) on a windows 2003 server. We are not using merge modules, we just installed the runtime files on the Windows 2003 IIS server.

We need to move this setup to a new server that has Win 2008 R2 installed. I have tried to run the VS2005 application but it does not run. I have managed to get the crstal report bits setup and have installed the 2008 r2 crystal .net runtime files on the server and it appears to run but I get an error saying "

Parser Error Message: Could not load file or assembly 'CrystalDecisions.Web, Version=11.5.3700.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=692fbea5521e1304' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified."

It all feels very messy.

Do we need to purchase a new version of Visual Studio and Crystal Reports and recompile the project/application and reports again or am I missing something ?

Thanks for any assistance in advance.

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    Posted on Jun 08, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Hello Colin,

    The error you're receiving suggests that your application was compiled to use the CR XI R2 (v11.5) assemblies and references. Deploying the CR2008 runtime files will not work. The various runtime file versions are not interchangeable.

    Crystal Reports XI R2 was never supported on Win 2008 (because of it's age). You might be able to get it to work, but it might not. Here's the CR XI R2 Supported Platform document.

    You can either try to install the v11.5 runtime files or you'll need to upgrade your application, recompile and then deploy the upgraded application.

    Here's information on Crystal Reports XI Release 2 .NET Application Deployment.

    For the CR XI R2 runtime files you can go to the Business Objects Support Software Download page. Change the filters to Software - Crystal Reports, Product Version - Crystal Reports XI Release 2, and Software Type - Utility (for runtime packages). You want to download the .NET Server installer (a prebuilt deployment package) or the Merge Modules (for building your own deployment package).

    I hope this helps!

    Dan Kelleher

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