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Hi,
we've developed a J2EE app, which uses Crystal Reports Server XI (a.k.a. CRXI) to print documents that support operations.
We are using remote scheduling to accomplish that task.  We've been able to supply the printer name (for example, Printer1) into the request that we send to CRXI.  
Sometimes (very few, dont know why) CRXI prints to the supplied printer (Printer1).  
But now, it always does print to the default OS printer (DefaultPrinter).  
Looking in the RPT history, i can see that the print operation was successful, and that CRXI prints to Printer1.  But the job  is processed by, and paper sheets are thrown by, DefaultPrinter.
I want to know which are the possible causes for this behaviour.  We've not changed code that manages printing operation inside our app.
SO is Win 2003 Server R2 Standard Editon.
Thanks in advance for your comments.
Jaime
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by:mlmcc
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Is this a new application or was it running correctly and the behavior changed?

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Hi,
it's an old app and behavior changed. BUT:
We've found the solution.   It's a little complex to try to explain, but i'll try.
In order to create the CR object to schedule a report, we were using this query (as stated in some documentation, i think):
SELECT TOP 1 *
FROM CI_INFOOBJECTS
WHERE SI_PROGID = 'CrystalEnterprise.Report'
   AND SI_INSTANCE = 0
   AND SI_NAME = 'ReportName'
But this query (SELECT *) is very slow and inefficient, so after researching and googling we came to this:
SELECT TOP 1 SI_NAME,SI_OWNER, SI_FILES,
   SI_PROCESSINFO.SI_LOGON_INFO,
   SI_PROCESSINFO.SI_PROMPTS

FROM CI_INFOOBJECTS
WHERE SI_PROGID = 'CrystalEnterprise.Report'
   AND SI_INSTANCE = 0
   AND SI_NAME = 'ReportName'
We ommited the printer settings object in the above query; it's weird because i think the CR API should have complained about referencing an object that does not exists.  But instead, uses default printer !!!!!!
After a lot more of researching and googling, we found the missing object:    
                     SI_PROCESSINFO.SI_PRINTER_INFO
So the final functional query is:
SELECT TOP 1 SI_NAME,SI_OWNER, SI_FILES,
   SI_PROCESSINFO.SI_LOGON_INFO,
   SI_PROCESSINFO.SI_PROMPTS,
   SI_PROCESSINFO.SI_PRINTER_INFO
FROM CI_INFOOBJECTS
WHERE SI_PROGID = 'CrystalEnterprise.Report'
   AND SI_INSTANCE = 0
   AND SI_NAME = 'ReportName'

Hope this help.  Thanks for your comments.
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by:japintoce
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It works; it's documented on CRXI docs.
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