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Michael
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Michael asked on 26 Apr 2017, 09:52 AM

Hello,

currently i perform some tests with the reporting features but i have some questions about the licensing the exact differences etc.

I have a Windows Service as Server and as client a WPF Application. The communication works over two Web-Services (one for each side). This architecture is well tested and works very fine for our purposes.

Lets go to the questions:

  1. i want to have the reports on all clients. The delivery of the reports should perform from my own Windows Service. Is it possible to implement a simple Webservice to render and manage the reports on the server side? Is the documented REST/WCF Reporting-Service the right one to choose? Or do we have to buy the report server as well?
  2. I want to use the Standalone Report designer for creating and administrating the reports. Is it possible to connect the ReportDesigner to the above mentioned Webservice?

Thanks,

Michael

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Stef
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answered on 28 Apr 2017, 06:32 PM
Hi Michael,

Telerik Report Server
is an application based on Telerik Reporting libraries that includes ready to use functionality like users and reports management, scheduling and mailing reports. The application can be used as unified source of rendered documents, where end-users with rights (CALs) will be able to produce more reports for the Report Server, and all other anonymous (Guest) users can be provided with a preview or rendered documents.
Telerik Report Server can be integrated with Telerik Reporting WPF and WinForms ReportViewer controls. The Report Server works out of the box with the HTML5 Viewer (Javascript widget) that is used by the Report Server's web preview as well.
The Report Server's API is exposed if you want to use it in other applications.


If you prefer to create your own documents API, then you can use Telerik Reporting. Telerik Reporting includes REST Service which can be used with desktop and web viewers. The reporting REST Service can be used for downloading rendered documents as well.
With Telerik Reporting you can also have you own data service that delivers TRDX|TRDP files (reports in XML format produced by the Standalone Report Designer) from a remote machine to the client machine, where a desktop viewer can process and render reports locally through its embedded engine.
The Reporting WCF service is designed to work only with Telerik reporting Silverlight Report Viewer.

Both Telerik Report Server and Telerik Reporting can work with the Standalone Report Designer. Connection to a remote machine from the Standalone Report Designer is implemented only when the designer is in the context of Telerik report Server.


Let us know if you need further help.

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Stef
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