ecently, we upgraded a client's FRx to Management Reporter using the upgrade wizard. While I was disappointed by the lack of magic tricks involved in the process, it was fairly easy to use. As long as the how-to guide provided by Microsoft is followed step-by-step, the conversion should not take more than an hour or two and will result in functioning Management Reporter reports (assuming that the client's FRx is properly configured). The procedure is easy to follow, but there are some differences between FRx and Management Reporter that may cause MR reports to not generate. With a basic understanding of Management Reporter, these problems can be fixed in no time at all.
The first error that I ran into involved how calculated fields are written in MR. When attempting to run the client's report I received the following error: "__ is not a valid row code. Ranges require valid from and to row code references." An intimidating error message, right? Luckily, it has a quick fix. In FRx, when calculating fields in your row definition, you can write the summations and subtractions by just referencing the different rows that you need added and subtracted. MR allows you to do this as well, but it requires the "@" symbol to be placed before each row included in your calculation, pictured below.Read More