How do I … directly printing a project report.rdlc in VB.Net without previewing first

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  1. Imports System
    Imports System.IO
    Imports System.Data
    Imports System.Text
    Imports System.Drawing
    Imports System.Drawing.Imaging
    Imports System.Drawing.Printing
    Imports System.Collections.Generic
    Imports System.Windows.Forms
    Imports Microsoft.Reporting.WinForms
  2. Load data as usual
  3. Dim report as New LocalReport
    report.ReportPath = “<ReportName>.rdlc”
    report.ReportPath = “Reports\<ReportName>.rdlc
    report.DataSources.Add(New ReportDataSource(“dtRouteCardWO”, CType(Me.DsRouteCard1.RouteCardWO, DataTable)))
  4.     Private Sub Export(ByVal report As LocalReport)
            ‘MsgBox(“Start of Export”)   ‘Reaches this line on EBC Rise TS
            ‘then before “End of Export” get “Error occurred during local report processing”        Dim deviceInfo = “<DeviceInfo>” & _
                “<OutputFormat>EMF</OutputFormat>” & _
                “<PageWidth>8.3in</PageWidth>” & _
                “<PageHeight>11.7in</PageHeight>” & _
                “<MarginTop>0.25in</MarginTop>” & _
                “<MarginLeft>0.25in</MarginLeft>” & _
                “<MarginRight>0.25in</MarginRight>” & _
                “<MarginBottom>0.25in</MarginBottom>” & _
            Dim warnings As Warning() = Nothing
            m_streams = New List(Of Stream)()

            ‘See my blog. For this to work the Build Action must be changed from Embedded Resource to Content and a Copy policy chosen
            ‘For this to work from a different project. Add this file as a link in that project and then do above on linked file.
            report.Render(“Image”, deviceInfo, AddressOf CreateStream, warnings)
            For Each stream As Stream In m_streams
                stream.Position = 0

            ‘MsgBox(“End of Export”)
        End Sub

  5.     Private Function CreateStream(ByVal name As String, ByVal fileNameExtension As String, ByVal encoding As System.Text.Encoding, ByVal mimeType As String, ByVal willSeek As Boolean) As Stream
            Dim stream As Stream = New MemoryStream()
            Return stream
        End Function
  6.     Private m_currentPageIndex As Integer
        Private m_streams As IList(Of Stream)
  7.     ‘ Handler for PrintPageEvents
        Private Sub PrintPage(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal ev As PrintPageEventArgs)
            Dim pageImage As New Metafile(m_streams(m_currentPageIndex))        ‘ Adjust rectangular area with printer margins.
            Dim adjustedRect As New Rectangle(ev.PageBounds.Left – CInt(ev.PageSettings.HardMarginX), _
                                              ev.PageBounds.Top – CInt(ev.PageSettings.HardMarginY), _
                                              ev.PageBounds.Width, _

            ‘ Draw a white background for the report
            ev.Graphics.FillRectangle(Brushes.White, adjustedRect)

            ‘ Draw the report content
            ev.Graphics.DrawImage(pageImage, adjustedRect)

            ‘ Prepare for the next page. Make sure we haven’t hit the end.
            m_currentPageIndex += 1
            ev.HasMorePages = (m_currentPageIndex < m_streams.Count)
            ev.HasMorePages = False ‘#1074 srs fudge. Routecard was on 2 pages, should always be 1
        End Sub

        Private Sub Print()
            ‘MsgBox(“Start of Print”)
            If m_streams Is Nothing OrElse m_streams.Count = 0 Then
                Throw New Exception(“Error: no stream to print.”)
            End If
            Dim printDoc As New PrintDocument()
            If Not printDoc.PrinterSettings.IsValid Then
                Throw New Exception(“Error: cannot find the default printer.”)
                AddHandler printDoc.PrintPage, AddressOf PrintPage
                m_currentPageIndex = 0
            End If
            ‘MsgBox(“End of Print”)
        End Sub

  8.     Public Shadows Sub Dispose() Implements IDisposable.Dispose
            If m_streams IsNot Nothing Then
                For Each stream As Stream In m_streams
                m_streams = Nothing
            End If
        End Sub


  1. An error occurred during local report processing copy
    The report definition for report ‘..\some_path_to_report\<reportname>.rdlc’ has not been specified
    Could not find file ‘C:\inetpub\wwwroot\some_path_to_report\tse.rdlc’.
  2. Could not find file ‘C:\inetpub\wwwroot\some_path_to_report\tse.rdlc’.

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