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Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2010 – Deployment

Deployment information may look like an old record being replayed, but remains the most discussed issue on the forum as well as cases. Most of the times it becomes difficult to gather information about resources required for deployment, location of supported documents is not known etc… I  don’t intend to share how to deploy the application that uses Crystal Reports but provide the resources that can ease the deployment and few FAQ’s about it.

The deployment for Crystal Reports can be categorized in two or three types depending upon the applications being used. Merge Modules (MSM) and Windows Installer (MSI) can be used for Web and Windows application. Click Once is used only for deploying windows application.  More about deployment can be found in the Crystal Reports .NET SDK Developer’s Guide; open the file and you would find a separate section on Deployment in the Developer’s Guide as given in the image below.


Deployment Section

Following are the most common questions that may arise during deploying the application:

  • Where can I find the required runtimes?

Rumtimes can  be downloaded from here.

  • Are there 64 bit MSM runtime?

There are no 64 bit msm for any version of Crystal Reports which is evident from this Production release for CRVS2010: Couple of Questions regarding Merge module and  KB1529068. MSM is likely to retire soon.

  • Do I need Crystal Reports Designer on production machine (web server)?

No, it is not required as the purpose of runtime is defeated. Install the appropriate runtime on the production machine. It is always recommend that the patch level of designer and runtime are same.

  • Where can I find the Supported Platform Guides?

They are available here.

Additional Resources:




KB Articles:

Deployment Section
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