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Crystal Reports Server XI - hardware and technical specification needed

The company I work for are looking to purchase Crystal Reports Server XI. We are buying a dedicated server to put it on. I need some details on what hardware and techical specification will be needed. Also how does the licensing work for this product?
What sort of issues should I look for before deploying this product?

I have tried to access the Business Objects website but it keeps falling over.

Can anyone help.

Thanks

Mark
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polynominal
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mlmccCommented:
The licensing issues for CR XI are (at least to me unclear).

Look at this link
http://www.itbusiness.ca/index.asp?theaction=61&sid=57844

Are you buying the tool for in-house reporting or for building reporting tools for others to use?

System specs
http://www.businessobjects.com/products/reporting/crystalreports/sysreq.asp

mlmcc
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Kurt ReinhardtSr. Business Intelligence Consultant/ArchitectCommented:
Crystal Reports Server is a combination of Crystal Reports XI and Business Objects Enterprise XI.  You get one copy of Crystal Reports and 5 concurrent user licenses for 'Crystal Reports Server', which is really Business Objects Enterprise XI Professional Edition.  You can purchases additional blocks of concurrent licenses for a single server implementation of up to 20 concurrent licenses.  You may also be able to add 5 named user licenses.  Crystal Reports XI Professional and Developer come with a free version of Crystal Reports Server XI with the named user licenses.  The idea is that you'll like the product and then purchase the concurrent licenses, meaning that you keep the named user licenses and can then blend them with additional concurrent licenses.

Overall, I really like Crystal Reports server.  It's designed for small business/implementations. It's limited to a max of 20 concurrent users on a single server.  On top of that, it has the same functionality as Business Objects Enterprise XI Professional, which means that small deployments aren't forced to accept a watered down version of the tool if they can't afford the very expensive fees for named and processor based licenses normally associated with Enterprise.

Check out the Business Objects XI Portal:

http://support.businessobjects.com/support/xi/default.asp


~Kurt
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