Now we’re getting to the real meat of this series. We’ll be looking at the reports through the console, through a web browser and then in the next blog post, we’ll be using SSRS to create our own custom reports.
First we want to review a report to see how they work in the console. Go Reports > Hardware – Memory > Count with low memory (less than or equal to specified MB).This will open a new window. We now want to specify the criteria which in this case, we’re looking for machines that have less than 2GB in physical memory (RAM). We’ll put 2048 in the “MB of Memory” field and click view report.
You can see we easily retrieve the information back from the SCCM database that has been collected from your environment and shown in this nice little report. You can even drill down to get even more specific information by clicking on relevant links on reports where applicable. But here’s the problem. What if your line manager or an executive somewhere wants this report? You don’t want to give them access to the console. Firstly they can do untold amounts of damage or just get confused at all the amount of clickable buttons. We want something simpler…
That’s where the web reports come in handy. They allow people to view reports without the need to access the console. If you open a web browser and type in “http://<yoursiteservername>/Reports” you should be greeted by the ConfigMgr reports page. You’ll need to modify the <yoursiteservername> to your site server name. For ease of access, you can set up a DNS alias to make the server name more memorable.
If we navigate to the same area as before (Reports > Hardware – Memory > Count with low memory (less than or equal to specified MB)) and enter in the “MB of Memory” as “2048” like we did previously, when you click “View Report” we should pull up exactly the same data. You can even drill down into the reports as if you were in the console!If we go back a few pages, you’ll notice that some of the reports have a drop down kind of feature. Clicking on it gives you a multitude of options that you can action such as creating a subscription to the report (we’ll go into that in another area) or managing the security settings for that report, controlling who gets to view the report or administers them, to even just downloading the report as a .rdl file.Now that’s the quick and dirty overview of how the reports work when attempting to view them and why you may use the web reports over the console. In the next article, we’ll talk about creating our own report, then we’ll talk a bit about report subscriptions before we move on. I’m still looking and learning about Asset Management tech which really is a beast. It’s taking up a lot of my time but I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the end.