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 Jaspersoft.

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 Jaspersoft Dashboards that quickly convey business trends.

For business intelligence users, Jaspersoft offers TIBCO™ Jaspersoft® OLAP, which runs on 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 TIBCO™ 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 extend your knowledge of JasperReports Server:

Our core documentation describes how to install, administer, and use JasperReports Server. Core documentation is available as PDFs in the doc subdirectory of your JasperReports Server installation. 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 Professional Services section of our website.
Our free samples, which are installed with JasperReports, Jaspersoft Studio, and JasperReports Server, are documented online.

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 charts, flash charts, dashboards, Domains, auditing, and a multi-organization architecture for hosting large BI deployments.

This chapter contains the following sections:

JasperReports Server Upgrade Distributions

JasperReports Server Upgrade Distributions

There are two main distribution packages for JasperReports Server.

Distribution Package Description

Overlay Upgrade zip

Supports upgrade starting with version 4.0.

Supports only the Apache Tomcat application server.

Supports all certified repository databases.

Supports upgrade and rollback of upgrade changes.

Supports assistance with identifying customized files in your environment.

Supports Windows, Linux, Mac, and other platforms.

Only available with the Commercial version of JasperReports Server.

File name is:

WAR File Distribution Zip

Supports upgrade starting with version 3.7.

Supports all certified application servers.

Supports all certified repository databases.

Supports Windows, Linux, Mac, and other platforms.

File name is:

About Bundled Apache Ant

The Overlay Upgrade ZIP and the War File Distribution ZIP come with a bundled version of Apache Ant so you do not need to download or install Ant. The Ant scripts used for upgrade come with Windows and Linux batch scripts that are pre-configured to use the bundled version of Apache Ant.

The bundled Apache Ant is version 1.8.1. This version or higher is required if you want to run your own version of Ant.

The bundled Apache Ant has an additional jar that extends Ant functionality. This jar is: ant-contrib.jar. This jar enables conditional logic in Ant. If you are 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 have errors, use the bash shell explicitly. For more information, see the information on the bash shell in the Troubleshooting appendix of the JasperReports Server Installation Guide.