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This section briefly explains the different ReportCaster installation components, as well as how those components interact. If you are not using ReportCaster, proceed to WebFOCUS and ReportCaster Installation and Configuration Steps.
ReportCaster enables you to schedule the delivery and automatic running of WebFOCUS reports and alerts, as well as independent files and URLs. ReportCaster distributes reports and files to individuals or lists through FTP, email, or a printer, and it can store reports in a Report Library.
There are three ReportCaster components:
Note: The ReportCaster Distribution Server is also referred to as the ReportCaster Server or the Distribution Server.
To schedule a delivery job, the ReportCaster Distribution Server is accessed through either a ReportCaster user interface or an external API. The ReportCaster API allows independent applications to schedule delivery jobs on the ReportCaster Distribution Server.
After jobs have been scheduled, the ReportCaster Distribution Server handles their execution and delivery. The following steps and figure describe how the Distribution Server processing identifies schedules to be run and distributes scheduled reports for scheduled WebFOCUS procedures (FEX).
ReportCaster components can run on the same machine or be distributed across different machines. The ReportCaster web components are installed with the WebFOCUS Client and must reside on the application server. The ReportCaster Distribution Server can be installed on the same machine as other WebFOCUS components or on its own machine. The WebFOCUS repository, which contains ReportCaster tables, can be on the same machine as the Distribution Server or it can be on a separate machine.