ASP.NET & Excel Rpt - Acceptable to install Excel on ASP.Net web server?


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Ed.

Hello there,
We've currently got a reporting module built in VB6 that creates reports
directly in MS Excel format by directly opening the excel application ,then
creating line by line of data and charting, all with vb calls. This works
well but of course required Excel to be installed on the machine.

We're now going to turn this into a web application, and are hoping to
simply change the interface and call all of the same code which will be
placed in a DLL. My question is, does anyone know of any potential issues
with installing MS Excel on an ASP web server? Is this generally
acceptable?

Thanks & all the best,
Ed.
 
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Gregory A. Beamer

My question is, does anyone know of any potential issues
with installing MS Excel on an ASP web server?

Yes, you bring every security bug that is found in Excel on your server.
Perhaps none will be found, but maybe not.

For writing Excel docs, I prefer third party components personally.
These guys have been my favorite:

http://www.softartisans.com/
Is this generally
acceptable?

Sometimes, but many network admins frown heavily on them. And since the
number of Excel users is pretty high, the hack footprint is also big and
there are people looking for exploits. All it takes is one hacker
testing the waters and boom. Likely? I have no idea. Possible? Most
definitely.

Peace and Grace,

--
Gregory A. Beamer (MVP)

Twitter: @gbworld
Blog: http://gregorybeamer.spaces.live.com

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