Microsoft CRM 2011 Report Authoring Extension Installation for Fetch-based Reports
In this post we will look at step by step installation of the Report Authoring Extension for Microsoft CRM 2011. As per Microsoft, “Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Report Authoring Extension is required to author custom Fetch-based reports for Microsoft Dynamics CRM by using Business Intelligence Development Studio.” Meaning, you need to install this if you want to create custom reports in Business Intelligence Studio. The Report Authoring Extension plug-in enables obtaining the meta-data and data from Microsoft CRM for custom reports.
Note: Report Authoring Extension is available only in 32bits, but can be installed on 64bit machines and OS.
Software components required:
Supporting Reporting Authoring Extension install: CRM2011-Bids-ENU-i386.exe
Launch the CRM2011-Bids-ENU-i386.exe, this will ask for an extraction directory and post extraction launch the SetupBidsExtensions.exe program which then installs the Report Authoring Extension plug-in for CRM2011.
Accept the license agreement and click on “I Accept”.
Click on “Install”. This will install the pre-requisite software. You need to have an internet connection to download these files. If the server you are installing does not have an internet connection, then you can download on a different machine, install then on the server and then retry installing the Report Authoring Extensions.
Click on Next.
Click on Next.
Select the destination directory for installing the Report Authoring Extension and Click on Next.
Make sure there are no errors. If there are any errors, you need to fix them before you can proceed with the installation. Click Next.
Click on Install
Congratulations, Report Authoring Extension for Microsoft CRM 2011 is successfully installed!
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