Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Release Candidate installation & reporting services extension components

As you may already know, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Release candidate (RC) has been released on the 14 December 2010. For more details and to download the release components, please visit the Microsoft Dynamics CRM blog. This post is about the reporting services extension components which some may can get confused between them.

It is important to note that there are two reporting services extension components that come with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 release candidate (RC):

  1. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Reporting Services Extension (SRS Data Connector), and
  2. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Report Authoring Extension

Both components have to be installed on the Reporting Services Server (if you have it on a separate server from CRM). Both components are installed after Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 server release candidate is installed, but the first component is the vital component that is required for creating new CRM Organizations. The SRS Data Connector (first component) is found inside the server component after you unpack its components. You will find it in this location: YourCRM2011ServerBitsFolder\server\amd64\srsdataconnector. The report authoring extension (second component) on the other hand, is a separate standalone installation which you download separately and is not part of the CRM 2011 server redistributable files.

It is important to mention that the CRM 2011 server install will run normally without problems without the SRS Data connector, as is not required for installation. On the other hand, if you try to create a new CRM 2011 organization without the SRS Data Connector installed on your reporting services, you will not be able to do so. You will also find a warning in your CRM 2011 deployment manager if you have not installed the data connector. So normally you would start by installing the CRM 2011 server component and I would advise that the second component to install straight after that should be the SRS Data connector. You can then setup the integration with SharePoint 2010, install report authoring extension and the rest of your components.

Please refer to CRM 2011 release candidate Software Development Kit (SDK) and the CRM 2011 Implementation guide for more details on what each component does, CRM 2011 overall installation planning and best practices you should follow for installing CRM 2011 components and in which order.

Hope you find this post helpful.