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  • Can you offer any assistance finding the right merge modules to deploy the application to the user's desktop?

    Thank you!!!

    Thursday, May 12, 2005 2:55 AM
  • Deploying an application to a user's desktop can be accomplished in 2 ways.

    1) Using Click0nce deployment
    2) Using Setup project deployment

    ClickOnce deployment:

    1) Start Visual Studio 2005 (Beta2)
    2) Select File, then click New Project.
    3) Choose a language (C#, VB, J#) and select Windows Application.
    4) Create your application
    5) In the Solution Explorer, right-click the project name, and click Properties
    6) Click on the Publish tab, and then click Prerequisites.
    7) In the Prerequisites dialog box, under the Choose which prerequisites to install list,
        select .NET Framework 2.0 and Crystal Reports for .NET.
    8) back to the Solution Explorer, right-click the project name, and click Publish...
    9) When the Publish Wizard dialog box appears, click Next.
    10) In the Will the application be available offline? dialog box, select Yes, this
          application is available online or offline
    , and then click Next
    11) From the Ready to Publish! dialog box, note the URL where the application is
          published, and then click Finish.
    12) On the client machine, open a Web browser window
    13) In the browser's address bar, type the URL of the published Web Site.
    14) The Web Site contains links to install and run the Windows application with the
          prerequisites or without the prerequisites.
    15)  Click the install link to install the prerequisites on the client machine.
    15)  Click the install link to install your application on the client machine.

    After the installation is complete, you can access your Windows application through the Start Menu.

    A complete Crystal Reports ClickOnce Deployment Tutorial can be found at:
    http://www.businessobjects.com/products/dev_zone/granville_beta/GranvilleBetaOnlineHelp/default.htm

    An article on Deploying Windows Forms Applications with ClickOnce can be found at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnreal/html/realworld12012004.asp

    Setup Project Deployment:

    Setup Project Deployment is very similar to ClickOnce deployment, but here you can deploy either a windows application or a web application.

    Here I will assume that you have already created your application

    1) Start Visual Studio 2005 (Beta2)
    2) Select File, then click New Project.
    3) Choose Other Project Types and Setup and Deployment.
    4) Select Setup Project or Web Setup Project 
    5) Add in your project output, file, assembly...etc
    6) In the Solution Explorer, right-click the setup project name, and click
        Properties
    7) From the Property Pages dialog, click Prerequisites
    8) In the Prerequisites dialog box, under the Choose which prerequisites to install list,
        select .NET Framework 2.0 and Crystal Reports for .NET.
    9) Back to Property Pages dialog, click OK
    10) In the Solution Explorer, right-click the setup project name, and click
        
    Build

    Copy your setup application onto your client machine and install it.

    Hope this helps,

    -- Thanh




     
    Friday, May 13, 2005 5:57 AM
  • Actually... I think you might need to include MDAC 2.8 in the list of prerequisites as well.
    Tuesday, May 17, 2005 8:03 AM