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How to deploy a Crystal Reports .Net Web application on a 64 bit operating system?

This remains the most discussed topic on forums. Users are prone to errors while deploying web application, one of them being:

“Please install appropriate Crystal Reports Redistributable (CRRedist*.msi) that contains the version of the crystal reports runtime (x86,x64 or Itanium) that is required.”

Hence, before deploying the application, there are few things which should be considered. Few of them are listed below:

  1. Crystal Reports v. 9.1 to 12.x VS .NET Runtime Distribution & Supported Operating Systems.
  2. Crystal Reports Support of 64-bit Operating Systems.

Crystal Reports XI release 2 (version 11.5) and Crystal Reports 2008 (version 12.1.x) support 64 bit Operating systems (32 bit mode only). The .Net applications (created using VS2005 & VS2008) which use the reports designed in Crystal Reports XI R2 or Crystal Reports 2008 should target 32 bit mode only.

Following are the steps to run the application in 32 bit mode on a 64 bit environment.
On development machine, inside visual studio solution explorer

  1. Right click on project > Go to Properties.
  2. Go to compile properties.
  3. Select the ‘Platform’ dropdown box.
  4. Click on x86.
  5. Create a setup package of your project.

On production machine or web server

  1. Install appropriate runtimes on the 64 bit server and run the setup package created.
  2. Go to the IIS on server, right click on the application pool which is being used by the application, then go to ‘Basic Properties’.
  3. Select the dropdown ‘Managed Pipeline Mode’ > Select ‘Classic’ & click OK.
  4. Go to the Advanced settings of the same Application Pool.
  5. Set the property ‘Run in 32 bit mode’ to TRUE.
  6. Set the property ‘Managed Pipeline Mode’ to CLASSIC.
  7. Run the application.

There are certain dependencies which Crystal Reports runtimes has. We may have to apply following on the production machine before installing runtimes and setup package.

  1. Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package ATL Security Update.
  2. Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package.

The bundled version of Crystal Reports which comes with Visual Studio, (for e.g. Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2005 (CR 10.2) and Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008 (CR 10.5)) has 64 bit runtime. Hence, we don’t need to make any changes as mentioned above. We have a new version released recently known as CRVS2010 (CR 13.x). It also has 64 bit runtime (msi only).  More can be found about CRVS2010 here.

Another thing that can be kept in mind is, there are no 64 bit msm files for any version of Crystal Reports. This can be concluded from one of the Production release for CRVS2010: Couple of Questions regarding Merge module. It is planned to move away from msm runtime distribution and use msi files exclusively.

I believe this blog would be helpful while deploying the web application on server.

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      Here is the link to download MSI packages (active in 2012 Sep)

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      It's the most discussed because of the horrible deployment procedures required to get Crystal running.  One EXE, it should determine your OS, automatically install and should be done.  There shouldn't be questions about the most basic process.  I'm only using Crystal because I'm being forced, otherwise I use Xtrareports.

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      I am a mid size firm, I had built an application based on VS 2008. I have come across this document

         just click on VIEW DOCUMENT.

      This document says we need a OEM contract for Commercial Hosting. Now as CR inside VS 2008 and VS 2008 itself is EOL & Out of support do I need to sign any OEM contract with anybody for its hosting or any kind of Web redistribution.


      Kindly reply



      Author's profile photo Saurabh Pathak
      Saurabh Pathak
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      Hi Viraj,


      If you ask my opinion then I would opt for VS2010 and CRforVS2010.

      Moreover for hosting you don't need any license as it is free  (both installer and runtimes) and same would be applicable for CR inside VS2008. Only thing that would be different is the Support Case, if you are sure that CR inside VS2008  is EOL then support might be denied by SAP for any issues that you face  with the product. For CRVS2010, they will entertain you for sure until it's EOL. *Conditions Apply.


      If you still need more information on anything I suggest you put your questions here, SAP's experts will surely answer them




      Hope it clears your doubt.




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      Dear Saurabh,


      Thanks. Suggestion taken. But my scene out here is a bit tricky where im bound to use VS 2008 only.


      So coming back to your reply where you have mentioned it would not involve license implications which contradicts the link 

      which i provided in my first post. the author has specifically mentioned on page NO. 9 in the table --> hosting column --> requires OEM contract, which i understand. but my query is as VS 2008 and CR inside that VS version is EOL & out of support, will i still need an contract in place before i redistribute it commercially.