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Building a solution without necessary dependencies

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Is it possible to successfully build a solution without necessary dependencies?  Here is my dilemma:

One project in our solution has Crystal Reports as a reference.  There are some QA testers that usually get the latest version of the code and run the application.   These QA testers do not have Crystal Reports installed.  Though this project that references Crystal is important and contains other functions that will be tested, the QA tester will not even use the functionality that does use Crystal Reports at this time.  

Furthermore, we have a Team Foundation erver we use as a build server.   So the server gets all of the latest code from Team Foundation Server (TFS) and builds the .exe, which is also used by a separate set of QA testers who do not have Crystal Reports installed.  But I doubt the TFS server will build the solution and generate the .exe now because Crystal Reports is not installed on the server.  

There's so much more to the application than this reference and I don't want everyone to go installing Crystal Reports just so the application can build.  Is there any other way?  

Crystal Reports is used as an example here.  There may be other references needed that are outside of the Framework.

Thanks for the help.
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>>Is it possible to successfully build a solution without necessary dependencies?

No. The build process needs to resolve references.
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