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Using Sharepoint as a repository for Crystal Reports

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Hello,
We are getting ready to implement sharepoint. I would like to use sharepoint as a repository to hold all of my reports where users can go to and and run these receiving the prompts and receiving the correct data.

1. is there a connector needed to run CRS.

2. where are the reports stored and does SharePoint just point to them in their current server?

3. these reports are pulling data from Sage 300 will the DSN's still work as they are or will we need to make new DSNs?

4. If we use a product like anterra to house all the data please let me know if you have any suggestions.

The main answer I need is how to connect the reports to SP and will they run as they would out of sage? also is there a similar answer when using SSRS?
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by:mlmcc
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Where are the reports stored now?

By CRS, I assume you mean Crystal Reports Server.
CRS stores the reports in its own database.  If you want to use SharePoint as a repository you wil be maintaining 2 copies of each report.

I believe you can run reports from CRS through a URL call which can be from SharePoint.

You probably will have to build your own web part for SharePoint.

What version of CRS?
What version of SharePoint?

If you move the reports the DSNs will have to be recreated on the SharePoint server and the reports changed to use the new connections.

mlmcc
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The Crystal Reports are stored on the Sage 300 Application server.
we are using CRS XI release 2 for sage
and SP 2013.

are you familiar with Anterra? if we use Anterra's DSN then It should work fine in Sharepoint.
I guess what I am trying to ask is when you load the .rpt into sharepoint how does it run the report for the user versus opening up the design?
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Currently there is no integration kit for SP2013 and Crystal
http://scn.sap.com/thread/3259264

According to the question at this link as of early March this year it still didn't work with SP2013
http://scn.sap.com/thread/3512989

I am not familiar with Anterra.

You don't load reports into SharePoint.  To view a report requires a viewing application.  That application can be linked from SharePoint.

mlmcc
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SAP offers a Sharepoint integration Kit that works with their latest CRS and Sharepoint 2013
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after calling SAP they informed me that I needed CRS and the Sharepoint integration Kit to complete this task
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