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Cyrstal Reports 2008 seeing SQL Server DATE field as STRING

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I have a crystal report that in 2008 see's the DATE field as a STRING. However, if I open the report using Crystal report 11.5 it shows it correctly as a DATE Field.

Our server version is 2008 which is why i need to get this fixed and my formulas are not working since it now sees as STRING.

Any ideas?
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by:mebaby333
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did you try just formating the field as a date? right click on the box and choose format
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by:mebaby333
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Or is there something in particular you are trying to do to it that is being prevented?
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Verify the database
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by:kelsanit
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yes, I have verified the database.  I have even created a brand new report on the 2008 version with just that one table and it shows as STRING.  

I dont want to format as then it want work in the 11.5 version.

there has to be a setting in the options or just service pack fix for this. Currently on 12.4.0.966
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by:vasto
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Are you using a view or stored procedure ?
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Did you try and confirm it would not work right in the 11.5 version?
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I am using ODBC SQL driver and connecting directly to table.  No I did not verify it woudl not work in 11.5 if I format the field.
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by:mlmcc
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What version of Crystal was the report built in?

Try opening it is CR XI then saving to a NEW report name

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by:vasto
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when you verify the database the report will detect that the field is different and will ask you to map it to another field. Did you see anything like this ?
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by:kelsanit
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yes, when I open in 2008 it has be map. Of coure it does not find as same type and I have to map to string field.
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by:vasto
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When you see the map button you should uncheck the check box for the type. Then you will see the date field. If you map the field to a string field it will assume it is string
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change the  ODBC connection  to SQL SERVER NATIVE CLIENT 10.
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The new SQL Server connection type is an updated driver that older versions of Crystal Reports do not recognize
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currently i only see SQL Server as an option on the server.

how do i get option for NATIVE SQL server client?
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It is in the sql 2008 feature pack..... you can download it if you do not have the disk here..
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=16978

here is a technet article on installing it
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms131321%28v=sql.105%29
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