The next step in designing this report is to connect to the
AdventureWorksLT database. These steps assume you have already downloaded and
run the install for the AdventureWorks database.
Right click on the Database Fields node in the Field Explorer. If you
do not see the Field Explorer window select Crystal Reports -> Field
Explorer from the menu. Select Database Expert… from the pop-up menu.
This report is going to connect directly to the database using OLE DB.
To connect to the database click the plus sign next to the Create New
Click the plus sign next to OLE DB (ADO). This will display the OLE DB
dialog which allows you to select your AdventureWorksLT database.
Select SQL Native Client from the list of providers and click Next.
Enter the server name where the SQL Server database is installed.
You can either use integrated security or a SQL Login and password to
connect to the database. This depends on how you setup your database when you
installed it. I created a SQL Login called "aspalliance" and gave it
a password of "aspalliance" and added the Login to the db_owner role
in the AdventureWorksLT database. Enter the User Id and Password.
Now click on the Database drop down list. You should see AdventureWorksLT
as one of the options. If you do not then the SQL Login does not have access
to the database. You'll have to use SQL Server Management Studio to add the
aspalliance Login and add them to the db_owner role for the AdventureWorksLT
Once you have selected AdventureWorksLT for the database click Next and
then click Finish.
Your SQL Server should appear under the OLE DB (ADO) node
and the AdventureWorksLT database should be listed under the server name.
Click the plus sign next to AdventureWorksLT and you'll see the list of
schemas defined in the database. If you click the plus sign next to a schema
name you'll see two nodes, one for Tables and one for Views. Clicking the plus
sign next to either will display the list of tables or views in that schema.
next step is to select the appropriate tables and views for the report and move
them to the Selected Tables list in the dialog box. Expand the SalesLT schema
and expand the Tables. Click on the SalesOrderHeader table and then click the
> button to move this table to the Selected Tables list.
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You should now see the report in Visual Studio 2008. Click
the plus sign next to the Database Fields node in the Field Explorer. You see the
SalesOrderHeader table. Click the plus sign next to the table and you'll see
the fields in that table. These are now available to be used in the report.