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Connecting to Crystal Enterprise Reports

Visual Studio .NET 2003

For the current release, if you want to connect to a Crystal Enterprise report from Visual Studio .NET, you should first install the Crystal Enterprise client on your machine. The client allows you to connect to a Crystal Enterprise server which hosts a Crystal Enterprise report repository.

You can connect a Crystal Enterprise report to a Report Web Service client project by adding the report to the project.

To add a Crystal Enterprise report to a Web or Windows client project

  1. Locate the Crystal Enterprise client (which is also a Web server).

    The Server Explorer displays under Servers all the servers your machine is connected to. If you are not yet connected to the appropriate Crystal Enterprise client, click <Add Server> to connect to it.

  2. Connect to the Crystal Enterprise server.
    1. Under the Crystal Enterprise client, expand the Crystal Services node.
    2. If you are not yet connected to the Crystal Enterprise server, right-click Crystal Enterprise, select Login from the shortcut menu to invoke the Login dialog.
    3. In the Login dialog box, enter the following:
      Login Field Enter
      Authentication Select the authentication method the Crystal Enterprise server uses.
      User Name User logging onto the Crystal Enterprise server.
      Password Login password.
      APS The name of the Automated Process Scheduler (APS) that is the Crystal Enterprise server referred to in this online help.
      WCS The name of the Web Component Server (WCS) set up with the Crystal Enterprise server.
    4. Click OK.

      For more information on login requirements, please refer to the online help for the Crystal Enterprise server.

    5. Click the Refresh icon on the Server Explorer.
    6. Click + adjacent to Crystal Enterprise to display all Crystal Enterprise reports in the Report Samples folder.
  3. Right-click the desired Crystal Enterprise report, and select Add to Designer to add the report to the Design view of the client project.
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