We are converting some reports from Crystal Reports to Microsoft SQL Reporting Services (SSRS) in an ASP 2.0 VB.Net web app. Crystal had a function called PrintToPrinter which was being used to programmatically print to a network printer that we specified in the code as soon as the user clicked a button on the screen. The printer dialog box did not appear. It was true one-click printing.
I need to figure out how to do the same thing in SSRS. Right now we have our SSRS reports rendering to a PDF and opening in a new window when the user clicks the button, forcing the user to then click another print button on that screen to print the report.
I've been looking all over the web for how to do this but am not finding much luck.
Supposedly there is a way to call an SSRS web service, render the report as an EMF, and use things like System.Drawing.Imaging and System.Drawing.Printing to send the report to the printer. I can't find any detailed examples of how to do this in VB.Net code however. I'm trying to avoid doing this from scratch because I have very little time left to complete this. Posts about this all seem to be from 2004 so I'm not sure if something better has come along since then. This link shows an example of this in C# but since I don't know C# I can hardly make head or tail of it:
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