Nothing about Crystal Reports Server is easy. I looked and did not see much info which I am sure you did as well. They really stink at sharing information. Their a great example of how NOT to do support and how NOT to do a web site.
I'd suggest you contact LANDESK support as this is a very good question about supported platforms. I suspect crystal is fine, but in theory if LDSD support 2012 but crystal didn't, you'd have a bit of a dilema
My dilema exactlly ...
Reply from Support:
This is a third party product and would be a question for SAP whether or not that MS SQL 2012 is supported.
The ServiceDesk product supports sql 2012 and our Testing is done on sql 2012 and we have not had any issues but as sql 2012 was not available when crystal 2008 was released I cannot comment on the support with Crystal itself.
So the question "Does Crystal Reports Server 2008 v1 connects easily to a MS SQL 2012 database". Yes as our testing is done with SQL 2012 it connects easily.
Well IMHO that would be an acceptable answer if Crystal was being supplied from that third party. But LD supply crystal reports runtime and the report design tool as part of LDSD. So to me that means they need to handle/answer this question and not hand it off to SAP. LDSD customers have no ability to report issues with Crystal to SAP as that module is part of an OEM arrangement, neither do they have access to any support plan that gives them a copy of a more up to date release.
I am perhaps being slightly picky, but it's certain the line I would take, if asked.
Support can ask SAP about Crystal 2008 and SQL 2012. However I believe that SAPs policy will be to refer us to the supported platform guide and as we know SQL 2012 will not be listed. They are not likely to retrospectively issue a supported platforms guide or recommendations for any updated technology as it comes out.
If by any chance you do experience issues with Crystal 2008 and SQL 2012 please do log them with support. We will then decide what action we need to take (e.g, speaking to SAP, upgrading the supplied version of Crystal, for example).
As mentioned though, we are currently not aware of any issues.