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Dear Crystal Reports Exports,

Per request of a client I am trying to implement Crystal Reports (CR) reporting solution. I am new to CR and I am not sure where to start.

The solution is an incident reporting application with about 4000 potential users. I say "potential" because realistically we will have at most 10 to 20 users concurrently using the system. The main interface of the application is a .NET web application (either 1.1 or 2.0) and as mentioned the reporting is done using CR.

I am told that users will have the CR Viewer 11.0 on their machines.

The first question I have is what does the client need to implement such a solution. I know there are different CR licensing models and I am a little confused as to whether the client will need to purchase a CR Server license or whether the client can use any other editions.

Second, what is the best way to go about designing such a solution. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction or recommend some books, articles, and whitepapers.

I would be greatful for any input any of you might have. I am aware that the project scope is extremely vague and I am happy to answer any additional qyestions you might have
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There are many 3rd-party tools that would integrate with your system and provide access to the reports.  To use them, the client would need to purchase 1 copy of Crystal Reports.  It doesn't need to be installed they just need to own a license to use the runtimes.

http://www.kenhamady.com/bookmarks.html

Another option is to develop an applicatio to run the reports, say in VS2005. This document is a tutorial or walk-through on how to build such an application and deploy it to a web site.
http://www.businessobjects.com/global/pdf/dev_zone/VS2005_Walkthroughs.pdf

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thx mlmcc:

I am still a little unclear as to difference between a Crystal Reports license and a Crystal Reports server license. When would I need a server license.

In my particular case I know that the clients wants to distribute the rpt files so that the end user can view and manipulate the reports on their own using CR viewer. Does this make any sense or would it be better to just make the reports available via a web site?
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You need a Crystal Reports Server license only if you choose to use CR Server to provide access to the report to the users.

The methods I mentioned use tools from Crystal Reports and the Crystal Reports runtimes, thus only a Crystal Reports license is required.

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Thx mlmcc,

This might be a little bit a dumb question but what does it mean when you say "use CR Server to provide access to the report to the users"? How is it different from, say, using the CR tools and runtimes. Is there a difference among those methods as far as accessing data is returned?
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CR Server is a stanalone product.  It is basically a fancy application that allows users to run reports.

Crystal built the product and I am sure used many of the same APIs and DLLs that you need when you build an application but it is sold as a separate product from Crystal.  Some editions of Crystal come with a 5-user license of Crystal server.

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