Crystal Report - Parameter based on a formula?

I have a table that lists employee ID's, FIrstName, LastName, etc.
Other tables used in my report has the Employee ID.
The user isn't going to know the employee ID's, only their name.  

 I created a formula that displays the employee's full name.  I want the user to be able to select which employees he wants filtered in the report.  How can I achieve this?
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Sue TaylorProject ManagerAsked:
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vastoCommented:
You have 2 options:
1 Create a command , which will get the list of employees' IDs and names. After that create a dynamic parameter and set the datasource to the new command

2. If employee IDs and Names are available in your report you can set them directly as datasource for your dynamic parameter. Choose value = EmployeeID and Description -= Employee Name  

Option 1 will be faster because you will get the list of Employees and then run the report for one employee. Option 2 will initially run the report for all employees and then will filter the report locally to show the information for just one of them. However if you want to use the report also offline, you will be able to do this with this option since all the data will be available.

I would prefer option 1
mlmccCommented:
You can't create a parameter based on a formula.

I assume you issue is that you have employees with the same last name.

What version of Crystal?
With CR XI and later you could create a parameter that first prompts for the last name then for the first name.

How do you run the reports?

mlmcc
Sue TaylorProject ManagerAuthor Commented:
Yes, I have users with the same last name.

CR 2008

Ooh...I want CR XI!

The user will run the report via another program, uniPoint, which acts just like someone doing it from Crystal.
mlmccCommented:
CR 2008 (ver12) is newer than CR XI (ver 11).

You should be fine with it.

You need to check if UniPoint supports cascading and dynamic parameters.  Not all applications do.

mlmcc

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