Deploying Crystal Report Intranet Web Application Using MSBuild
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Published: 02 Mar 2006
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An article discussing how to deploy a Crystal web intranet application to a Dev/Testing and Production environment, using MSBuild.
by Eric Landes
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Visual Studio 2005 introduces the MSBuild tool for compiling and building your applications.  Before Visual Studio 2005, the build tools were bundled within Visual Studio as a proprietary application.  Those of us who utilized build processes outside of an IDE were forced to use tools like Makefile and NAnt.  While tools like NAnt are being upgraded for .Net 2.0, with the advent of MSBuild, all you need now is the .Net framework.  No additional downloads are necessary.

For the last 8 years, I have worked in corporate environments as an Intranet developer.  Most of these environments included a Development, Quality Assurance, or Testing environment and a Production environment.  For anyone in an environment like this, an automated build process for your application is essential. 

The automated build process assures consistency for testing custom applications.  By always having a process that builds your application the same way every time, changes are caught, files get copied to the same directory every time, and things like unit tests and documentation can be run.

To consistently make sure that you put the build process into each application, make sure to have "Creating the Build Process" or something similar as a task in your project plan.  Making that task part of your project plan ensures consistent builds across your environments.  You are also forced to make deliberate changes (for instance, adding a new dll to the gac, and other tasks that affect the server environment).

In this article, I wanted to show how to deploy your Crystal Report application to a different environment that might not have Visual Studio 2005 installed. 

System Requirements

.Net Framework 2.0 and an editor (I use Visual Studio 2005)

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