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19.14 Deploying an ASP.NET Application

Deploying an ASP.NET Application

Deploying a web application is very similar to deploying a Windows application. As far as Crystal Reports is concerned, the primary difference is that the project is going to be installed on a web server.

When deploying to a web server for the first time, make sure that the ASPNET user has full rights to the \Windows\Temp folder. Crystal Reports reads and writes temporary files to this folder while generating reports. If you’re deploying to Windows Server 2003, use the NetworkServices account instead.

To create a deployment project for your web application, first open your application in design mode. Then select File > New > Project. This opens the New Project dialog box.

Open the Other Project Types node and select Setup and Deployment. On the right side, click the Web Setup Project template. At the bottom of the dialog box, give it an appropriate name and set the file location. You should also select the option Add To Solution so that the setup project stays within the same solution as your reporting application. This is shown in Figure 19-8.


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