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Crystal Reports in 64 bit

Posted on 2006-07-14
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Has anyone got Crystal Reports to work running on a Windows 2003 64 bit operating system?  We are using CR 8.5, and when i try to display the crystal report viewer (VB 6 app.), i get a 'Physical Database Not Found' error.  When the server was Windows 2003 32 bit, it worked fine.  

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by:John Gates
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Um not to take the wind out of your sails but I use CR XI and it even has problems running on 64 bit os.  Your best bet is to upgrade to XI as there is no way I can see 8.5 working.


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Have you gotten the Crystal Report Viewer to work on the 64 bit OS, with XI?  Or what do you have problems with?

Thanks for the response.
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Yes.  But when you package your application you have to make sure you bundle the right .MSM (Merge module) from the business objects website, which by the way will bloat your install by 100 MB.  I personally am going to make the change to Microsoft reports and SQL 2005.  Microsoft has removed Crystal from all thier applications.  But if you do what I said above it will work.  XI is great for .NET too!!

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by:sborchers
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The application that you got to work what was that written in (VB6 or .NET)?  I went out to business objects website and found some zip files you could download, I'm assuming those are the ones you are talking about?  
Do you think you could just install those zip files on the server without adding them to your package?  

We do have .NET but what I'm working on needs to stay in VB6, but we've tried to deploy a web page written in VB.net with a crystal report on it and keep running into problems.  XI is easy to integrate into web documents, passing variables and that kind of stuff?

Thanks so much for your help!!
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Is your application run off a server in one location (Like a terminal server) or on multiple machines?  The Crystal Reports support MSM has to be rolled into your program installation.  If it is just on the server then there are files on the CR CD that can be installed on the server and the reports will work.  I program mostly in .NET but I have done the same with vb6 and it works fine.  XI is extremely easy to integrate into web documents (If the web server has the support modules installed from the CD) and you can easily pass variables however, .NET makes it much easier than vb6 or classic ASP 8)

Hope this helps!
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It is on a term server.  So CR XI should work with VB6 on Server 2003 x64?  I'm downloading the free trial of XI.  

Thanks again for the help, it may save us from going back to M. Server 2003 32 bit!!!!!
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No problem, and good luck.  It should work well for you 8)
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I get a run time error 50003 when i have a crystal report with a parameter on it.  Have you ever ran into that?  
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I have never seen this error myself but a google search rendered this:
http://www.codecomments.com/archive342-2005-5-467200.html

This stems back to the fact that the machine you are trying this on does not have the minimal crystal reports install on it.  If it does add the registry key as they describe.
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