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    TIBCO JasperReports® Server builds on TIBCO JasperReports® Library as a comprehensive family of Business Intelligence (BI) products, providing robust static and interactive reporting, report server, and data analysis capabilities. These capabilities are available as either stand-alone products, or as part of an integrated end-to-end BI suite utilizing common metadata and provide shared services, such as security, a repository, and scheduling. The server exposes comprehensive public interfaces enabling seamless integration with other applications and the capability to easily add custom functionality.


    This section describes functionality that can be restricted by the software license for JasperReports Server. If you don’t see some of the options described in this section, your license may prohibit you from using them. To find out what you're licensed to use, or to upgrade your license, contact TIBCO.

    The heart of the TIBCO Jaspersoft® BI Suite is the server, which provides the ability to:

    Easily create new reports based on views designed in an intuitive, web-based, drag and drop Ad Hoc Editor.
    Efficiently and securely manage many reports.
    Interact with reports, including sorting, changing formatting, entering parameters, and drilling on data.
    Schedule reports for distribution through email and storage in the repository.
    Arrange reports and web content to create appealing, data-rich TIBCO Dashboards that quickly convey business trends.

    For users interested in multi-dimensional modeling, we offer Jaspersoft® OLAP, which runs as part of the server.

    While the Ad Hoc Editor lets users create simple reports, more complex reports can be created outside of the server. You can either use Jaspersoft® Studio or manually write JRXML code to create a report that can be run in the server. We recommend that you use Jaspersoft Studio unless you have a thorough understanding of the JasperReports file structure.

    You can use the following sources of information to learn about JasperReports Server:

    Our core documentation describes how to install, administer, and use JasperReports Server and Jaspersoft Studio. Core documentation is available in PDF format on the TIBCO Product Documentation website. You can also access PDF and HTML versions of these guides online from the Documentation section of the Jaspersoft Community website.
    Our Ultimate Guides document advanced features and configuration. They also include best practice recommendations and numerous examples. You can access PDF and HTML versions of these guides online from the Documentation section of the Jaspersoft Community website.
    Our Online Learning Portal lets you learn at your own pace, and covers topics for developers, system administrators, business users, and data integration users. The Portal is available online from the Professional Services section of our website.
    Our free samples, which are installed with JasperReports Library, Jaspersoft Studio, and JasperReports Server, are available and documented online. Please visit our GitHub repository.
    If you have a subscription to our professional support offerings, please contact our Technical Support team when you have questions or run into difficulties. They're available on the web at and through email at http://support.tibco.com and js-support@tibco.com.

    JasperReports Server is a component of both a community project and commercial offerings. Each integrates the standard features such as security, scheduling, a web services interface, and much more for running and sharing reports. Commercial editions provide additional features, including Ad Hoc views and reports, advanced charts, dashboards, Domains, auditing, and a multi-organization architecture for hosting large BI deployments.

    Server Upgrade Distributions


    Distribution Package Description

    Overlay Upgrade zip

    Available only with the Commercial version of JasperReports Server.

    Supports upgrade to 7.9.0 from version 7.1 or later.

    Supports only the Apache Tomcat application server.

    Supports all certified repository databases.

    Supports upgrade and rollback of upgrade changes.

    Provides assistance with identifying customized files in your environment.

    Supports Windows, Linux, Mac, and other platforms.

    File name is: TIB_js-jrs_7.9.0_overlay.zip

    WAR File Distribution Zip

    Supports upgrade from version 7.1 or later.

    Supports all certified application servers.

    Supports all certified repository databases.

    Supports Windows, Linux, Mac, and other platforms.

    File name is: TIB_js-jrs_7.9.0_bin.zip

    Upgrade Paths

    Your current version determines your upgrade path:

    Paths for Upgrading to Version 7.9


    If you are upgrading from 7.8, use the instructions in Upgrading from 7.8 to 7.9. If you are starting from 7.1.x to 7.5.x, use the instructions in Upgrading from 7.1 - 7.5 to 7.9.

    If you are using the JasperReports Server Commercial edition installed with the WAR file and the Apache Tomcat application server, you can use the overlay upgrade, described in Overlay Upgrade.

    For upgrading other versions, see the table below. Versions prior to 6 are no longer supported and must be upgraded to version 6.3 first. You may also need to updgrade in several steps through an intermediate version. In the following table:

    samedb = Follow the steps eqivalent to Upgrading from 7.8 to 7.9.
    newdb = Follow the steps equivalent to Upgrading from 7.1 - 7.5 to 7.9.
       To >
    6.1.x 6.2.x 6.3.x 6.4.x 7.1.x 7.2.x 7.5.x 7.8.x 7.9.x
    6.0.x samedb newdb newdb newdb newdb        
    6.1.x   samedb newdb newdb newdb        
    6.2.x     samedb newdb newdb        
    6.3.x       samedb newdb newdb      
    6.4.x         samedb newdb newdb    
    7.1.x           samedb newdb newdb newdb
    7.2.x             samedb newdb newdb
    7.5.x               samedb newdb
    7.8.x                 newdb

    About Bundled Apache Ant

    We recommend Apache Ant version 1.9.4, which is bundled with the War File Distribution ZIP and the Overlay Upgrade ZIP. The Ant scripts used for upgrade come with Windows and Linux batch scripts pre-configured to use the bundled version of Apache Ant.

    If you want to run your own version of Apache Ant, version 1.8.1 or later is required.

    The bundled Apache Ant includes an additional jar. This jar (ant-contrib.jar) enables conditional logic in Ant. If you're running your own Ant you should copy the ant-contrib.jar to your <Ant_HOME>/lib folder.


    On Linux and Solaris, the Ant commands may not be compatible with all shells. If you get errors, use the bash shell explicitly. For more information, see the information on the bash shell in the Troubleshooting appendix of the TIBCO JasperReports Server Installation Guide.

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