Can MakeFeatureLayer Object be Passed into ExportReport Function Layer Parameter?

Discussion created by BrokenLegMike on Mar 4, 2013
Latest reply on Mar 5, 2013 by BrokenLegMike
I'm trying to pass an in memory layer object created from a feature class using
into the
function. It's erroring out, so I think it's having trouble with the in memory feature layer (Does a feature layer have a.lyr extension?).

My code is:

arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer_management("SOILFC", "soil")
arcpy.mapping.ExportReport("soil", reportfilename, r"C:\Test_Outputs\ProjectReport1.xls")

I'm not sure if the mapping class needs an actual map document to work on, but I'm hoping not. I don't want to go through the process of creating a temp .mxd, setting a dataframe reference and then add in some layers somewhere just for the purpose of getting a layer object to create a report. I was just hoping I could create the report using in memory objects because the only thing I care about if the .xls report from the final output