crystal reports server 2008

Posted on 2011-02-24
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I have just downloaded and install crystal reports 2008 on a 32 windows 2003 server.  After installing i have added some reports to CMC and try to run them.  i always get failures when running these reports

Error in File ~tmp102467f6625dae0.rpt: Failed to load database information.

I have added ODBC connections to our sql 2005 databases and also to our account software MAS200.  I doesn't seem to matter what i use for settings in the database config area of CR CMC it still doesn't work.  The same report will give me the correct data while in preview mode from the CR designer if i refresh.  Please help.  I am a newbie at Crystal reports server and I appreciate any info you experts can provide.  Again much thanks!
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Are you using 2 different databases?

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Do you have Crystal Reports installed on the same machine that's running the Crystal Reports Server software? If so, can you run the report successfully from Crystal Reports on the server machine?  If so, then there's a configuration problem with Crystal Reports Server itself.  If not, then there's a problem with the actual server configuration.

In regards to the server, you stated "I have added ODBC connections to our sql 2005 databases and also to our account software MAS200". Did you do this through the ODBC Administrator or do you mean that you simply tried to connect to them through the CMC? They need to be created in the ODBC Administrator, typically as System DSNs, and they need to be the exact same name and case as you have on your development machine.  If your DNS is named "MyDSN" on your development machine then it needs to be identical on the server - "mydsn" won't cut it.

In regards to the data configuration for each report in the CMC, it should look like the attached screenshot. Depending how your ODBC connection was created, the connection may also specify a database owner.


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For the report i am running i am only using one database on a sql 2005 machine.  CMS Database is also on another server.

I have report designer running on the same machine as the crystal reports server and i can open the report in designer and refresh the data no problem.

I will verifiy the case on the dsn connections and yes i have created system dsn from the odbc administrator (they show tested successfully after i created them).  I will try to play with the DB config from CMC to see if i can get a different error or perhaps a report that works.

Also could either of you tell me why i can't get infoview .NET to launch?  i always get a 404 error page can't be displayed.
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There could be a number of reasons by .net infoview won't work, but it's most likely related to .net and/or not being properly configured for IIS.  You said it's installed on a 32-bit Windows 2003 server?  Most folks don't realize you basically have to prep the server to make sure it's ready for the install - Crystal Reports Server is an application server and requires a web server, too.

Can you verify support is installed for the Web Server role in Server Manager?


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before i started the install for crystal i went to add remove programs and clicked add windows components.  I went through the steps to install IIS.  Is there an additional step for ASP.Net that i missed?

In Server manager IIS\ is configured (or so it states).

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I reinstalled from scratch and now all the items open including .net infoview.  I haven't set up any system DSNs yet but when i add a report from a users laptop, i have an item under data sources in the database configuration for the report.  Apparently this is info that is part of the report itself.  Should i see other datasources added to the list when i add system DSNs?  Is there any configuration within the CMC for adding other data sources?

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