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Crystal Report with the ability to dynamically change database name.

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I work in an environment (like everyone else) that consists of a production database and a test database.  My test environment is an exact image of my production database.  What I'd like to do is to create a Crystal Report that works for both environments...if this is possible.  Basically, I'd like for my users to be able to run reports in our testing environment without having to re-create all of my Crystals to point towards the test database.  Having two sets of each Crystal isn't something that I'd like to do...or maintain.

Basically I'd like to just change the database name dynamically at runtime.

Thanks in advance,
Corey
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by:mlmcc
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You can use the same report.

There are 3 ways to do this.
Use the SET DATABASE LOCATION to alternate as required

Use an application to run the reports and change the database through code.

If the test and prod are physically separate networks you could set the TEST network up to look exactly like the PROD network including server names.  In that way the report doesn't know anything has changed.  That is what we di and never had a problem moving reports from one to the other.

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by:C Williams
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Sorry for my ignorance but you say "SET DATABASE LOCATION", how/where would I use this code?  Because if this is code that I could use within the actual Crystal, I think that'll be the way I'd like to go.

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This assumes it is a full version of Crystal not a VS version.
Open the report in Crystal
Click DATABASE --> SET DATABASE LOCATION
The steps from here are version dependent.  I don't have CR9 so I am not sure how they do it.
CR XI has 2 windows on the popup.
Top one is the report database location
Bottom one allows you to navigate to a new database

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