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Cyrystal Reports and VB.Net 2008

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I have an aplication that collects data from a local SQL DB and hands the information off to Crystal reports. I have added what seems to be all the needed dll dependencies into the installer package wizard. When I take the installer to a new machine and run it. It installs fine and the application runs fine. When I go to print a report it does not run; and the errors I get are associated with missing dll's. When I look back at VB.Net they are supposed to be there. So I have determined that I am not doing somthing right and the dll's are not in the installer.

BTW... this application runs perfectly on the machine it was developed on.
Crystal Reports v 10.5.3700

1. What steps are needed to get the dlls to deploy with installer?
2. Are there known problems with crystal reports not running properly?


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With 8.5 we used to put individual files in our build, but when we went to 11.5 we had to use the merge modules as it was just too complex to try to figure out individual file dependencies.  Not sure where 10.5 falls on that scale, but if you have merge modules available (.msm files) try those.
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To clarify the PC that developed the application has SQL, VB.Net, and Crystal Reports.

The machine that the application needs to go on only has SQL and the applications installer.

Does Crystal Reports need to be installed on the second PC as well to get this to run?
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No, but a huge subset of files does.  All of those files are contained in a merge module.  When you say "I take the installer to a machine" I am assuming you have a .msi file, which is used by the Microsoft Installer.  Merge modules (.msm files) can be included in the .msi file.  We use Installshield to build the .msi with the necessary .msm files included.  I don't know off hand how to include .msm files when using the Installer package wizard in .net.
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I ended up figuring out how to add the crystal reports with the applications installer package, not .MSM but with the dependancies. Thanks.
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