Finding Out What the Crystal Report Distribution Key is on VS.NET 2003:
1- Open VS.NET 2003
2- Click on Help Menu Option
3- Choose "About Microsoft Development Environment"
4- Look under Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET, you will see a 19 character number, which is the Distribution Key Code:
Producing the Deployment Project:
Open Solution Explorer, right click on the “Solution Name” at the top and Add a New Project. On the window that appears, move to Setup and Deployment Projects. Click on Setup Project (not the wizard), put a name for your deployment project (make a note of the location where the folder that the deployment project will be created in) and then click OK. A File System dialog will appear – solution explorer should be displayed on the left of screen. Within solution explorer – right click over your deployment project and select Add – Project Output. Another window will appear – select Primary Output (make sure configuration is showing Active) and click OK. This will result in the detected dependencies being updated & a primary output icon appearing in the deployment project. Right click on the deployment project name again and Add – Merge Modules. Add the following modules.
These were the appropriate modules for my application given that I am using VS 2003. Yours may be slightly different.
Right click on Crystal_regwiz2003.msm and go to its properties. Enlarge the MergeModuleProperties tree and enter the product licence key which is like this AAA00-BB00000-C0000DD that we found above.
Go onto Build – Configuration Manager . Check that the Project & Deployment Project which appear are set to “Release” and the Build check box for each is checked. Build the Project. If all is well the build should show no errors.
If this has gone according to plan you should now have (in the folder specified in the “location” window given when you added your deployment project) a debug and release folder. The release folder will contain:
- setup (application)
- setup (config file)
- an installer package
The release folder is all that is needed to deploy the application on another machine.