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Continuing from my last blog, Caboodle – Part 8 – BOBJ4 Analysis for Office Install.

 

In this blog, I download and install Crystal Reports 2011 and Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0.

Crystal Reports (CR) currently comes in two flavours. “Crystal Reports 2011”, which is like the “2008” replacement and “Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0”. Other than the look’n’feel, they differ with their data connectivity. “2011” connects to the ERP and BW system and looks like the older “2008” version, whereas the “for Enterprise” version utilizes the new Semantic Layer (Universe), and Business Intelligence Consumer Services (BICS), which both connect to BW, and is Java based. From what I understand, there is an intention to integrate them into a single product.

More information about CR can be found on Ingo Hilgefort SDN Community Site, and from SAP Crystal Solutions 2011 Portfolio Update #1 by Blair Wheadon.

I have Crystal Reports 2008, 2011, & Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0, installed and working on one machine.

The blog is structure as follows

  • Download CR 2008
  • Install CR 2008
  • Test CR 2008
  • Download CR for Enterprise
  • Install CR for Enterprise
  • Test CR for Enterprise

 

Download CR 2008

Currently CR 2008 is on SP2.

For a completely new installation, from the SMP

Software Downloads->BusinessObjects Downloads->Browse the SAP BusinessObjects Portfolio->Installation and Upgrade->CRYSTAL REPORTS->CRYSTAL REPORTS 2011->Installation and Upgrade->WINDOWS

 

To upgrade from a previous version

Software Downloads->BusinessObjects Downloads->Browse the SAP BusinessObjects Portfolio->Support Packages and Patches->CRYSTAL REPORTS->CRYSTAL REPORTS 2011->Comprised Software Component Versions->CRYSTAL REPORTS 2011->Windows Server on IA32 32bit

 

You cannot use the upgrade path to upgrade from 2008 to 2011. This is what you will get

 

Unlucky !

 

Install 2008

My install took well over an hour and a half, but then the VM is getting a little fat.

After unpacking, I navigated to the “setup.exe”, and “Run as administrator”

 

I kept the default setup language

 

“OK”

Prerequisite ok. It does actually to a little more than just check this, for example, if a re-boot is pending, but, for some reason, it does not show you the successes to all checks.

 

“Next”

 

“Next”

License stuff

 

“Next”

Not sure why I could not change the default folder here ?

 

“Next”

User information stuff

 

“Next”

Be mindful of any future Languages you may wish, I believe after this point, you cannot add them. Of course you can uninstall, and add that way.

 

“Next”

 

“Next”

I chose to install all options

 

Here is the list of all options

 

A look at the disk requirements

 

“OK”, and “Next”

I chose not to have the defaulted Web Update Service enabled

 

“Next”

Ready to commence

 

“Next”

Away it goes

 

 

“Finish”

 

Now to see what programs are there, so a look in Windows Start->All Programs

 

and a look in Control Panel->Programs and Features

 

Install done

 

Test CR 2008

To test, I thought I would use my NSP BW system, and the DSO “ZGSDD02L” I had  manually created for testing the MS Analysis here Caboodle – Part 8 – BOBJ4 Analysis for Office Install It contains a good 80,000 records.

So, to begin, I clicked on the Crystal Report 2011 icon in Windows Start->All Programs

For the first time, this “Copying” message appears, then goes away

 

I powered up the NSP System, as you can see below, and from the initial CR screen, I chose “Report Wizard”

 

As this was the first time, I had no previous connections to my BW system.

I clicked the “SAP Operation Data Store” as I want to access my DSO “ZGSDD02L”.

Then, as is often the case, the System Environment Variable “SAPLOGON_INI_FILE” was not present, so no available systems could be seen.

 

To fix this, I added the System Environment Variable “SAPLOGON_INI_FILE” and pointed it to my “saplogon.ini” file, which on “Windows 7”, is located here

C:Users
spadmAppDataRoamingSAPCommon

The Variable and Value looks like this. Note, the value includes the “saplogon.ini” file name.

SAPLOGON_INI_FILE = C:Users
spadmAppDataRoamingSAPCommonsaplogon.ini

I restarted CR, and tried again. All’s well and good now.

 

After selecting my NSP BW System, “Next”

I supplied the BW Client, and Credentials

 

“Next”

I could have just clicked “Finish”, but for demonstration, I’m showing you what is next

 

Now, “Finish”

I get presented with my one and only DSO in BW, “ZGSDD02L”, I selected it from the left, and added it to the right

 

“Next”

I chose some fields, and added them to the right side

 

“Next”

I chose the Group field “ZTABCLASS” and added to the right

 

“Next”

I chose the Summary field “ZTABCLASS” and added it to the right

 

“Next”

No filters

 

“Next”

I decided to choose a template

 

and “Finish”

Again, I logged on to the BW System

 

and “Finish” again

A short while, whist the report retreives all the data, and

 

So my test is successful with all 81,857 records in the report. I saved the report (with data), and exited. I use this report for tesing the CR Enterprise version, coming next.

 

Download CR for Enterprise

Currently CR for Enterprise is on SP2.

For a completely new installation, from the SMP

Software Downloads->BusinessObjects Downloads->Browse the SAP BusinessObjects Portfolio->Installation and Upgrade->SBOP BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE PLATFORM (SBOP ENTERPRISE)->SBOP BI PLATFORM 4.0->Installation and Upgrade->WINDOWS


 

To upgrade from a previous version (although judging from above, you cannot aquire a previous version anymore).

Software Downloads->BusinessObjects Downloads->Browse the SAP BusinessObjects Portfolio->Support Packages and Patches->SBOP BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE PLATFORM (SBOP ENTERPRISE)->SBOP BI PLATFORM 4.0->Comprised Software Component Versions->CR FOR ENTERPRISE 4.0->Windows Server on IA32 32bit

Install CR for Enterprise

As usual I manually extracted the “exe” file. I ran into a little know problem, due to the long paths (number of characters restriction) in the compressed “exe”. I moved the compressed file, nearer to the root directory (in my case I put it in c:), and perform the extraction, and installation from there.

 

I ran the “setup.exe” via “Run as adminsitrator”

 

Kept the default setup language

 

“OK”

Prerequisites all good

 

“Next”

 

“Next”

License stuff

 

“Next”

 

“Next”

Using the “Crystal Reports 2011”, temporary license key worked

 

“Next”

Kept the default language

 

“Next”

“Custom” installation for demonstration

 

“Next”

Kept default all features

 

“Disk Cost”

 

“Ok”, and “Next”

I disabled the Web Update

 

“Next”

Install ready to commence

 

“Next”

Off it goes

 

 

 

“Finish”

 

A look at Windows Start->All Programs

 

and what is in Control Panel->Programs and Features

 

That’s the install over

 

Test CR for Enterprise

I did not perform much testing here, as I am only testing the installation. So I ran CR for Enterprise

 

I opened my previously created report in CR 2008 (see above), which I called “ZTABLES.rpt”

 

“Open”

It prompted me to use the “Common Semantic Layer”, but I cancelled

 

“Cancel”

and here’s my report. It shows data, as it was previously saved with the report

 

That’s about all I can do here.

 

Remember, I created this in CR 2008, which connects directly to my BW System. There is no direct connectivity to an OLTP (ECC) or OLAP (BW) so I cannot do a “Refresh” or anything like that.

 

Continue on to my next blog, Caboodle – Part 10 – Dashboard Install

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