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Customizing Your Report Views

Published: June 11, 2010

Updated: June 11, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Vista

You can customize how you view your report data in the following ways:

  • You can select the operating systems for which you want to view the compatibility data.

  • You can select which supported architectures, 32-bit or 64-bit, to view the assessment data for.

  • You can turn on reporting for Windows® update-related information, and then you can select the operating systems for which you want to view the associated data.

  • You can add and remove columns from the various report screens.

Modifying Your <Operating_System> Reports View

You can choose the operating systems for which you want to view your report data. For example, if you are no longer concerned with seeing issues related to Microsoft® Windows Vista, you can remove that operating system from the Quick Reports pane.

ImportantImportant
The ACT will continue to collect data for any removed operating system if it is running on any of the computers to which you deployed your data collection package. However, the collected data will not appear on the Analyze screen. In addition, if you have installed ACT on multiple computers that are accessing the same database, and you opt to remove an operating system from your reports, then all of the computers will have that operating system removed on the Analyze screen.

To add or remove an operating system from the Quick Reports pane

  1. On the Analyze screen, click the Customize this view link, located at the bottom of the Quick Reports pane.

    The Customize Report Views dialog box appears.

  2. In the Deployment Reports area, select the check boxes for the operating systems you want to add to your reports, clear the check boxes for the operating systems you want to remove from your reports, and then click OK.

  3. Select your supported architecture option, 32-bit, 64-bit, or Both, to define the assessments that you will see in the various report screens.

    noteNote
    You also have the option to start collecting and viewing the Windows update information in the Customize Your Report Views dialog box. For more information, see the Windows Update Report Selection section of this topic.

Modifying Your Update Impact Reports View

You can choose to turn on data collection for Windows updates, and then you can refine your update impact report view by operating system. For example, if you are no longer concerned with seeing issues related to Windows XP, you can remove that operating system from the Quick Reports pane. In addition, after you opt to collect Windows Update data, you can select your manifest retention policy, which defines the length of time that your organization wants to keep each Windows Update manifest, for archival purposes.

ImportantImportant
The ACT will continue to collect data for any removed operating system, if it is running on any of the computers to which you deployed your data collection package. However, the collected data will not appear on the Analyze screen. In addition, if you have installed ACT on multiple computers that are accessing the same database, and you opt to remove an operating system from your reports, then all of the computers will have that operating system removed on the Analyze screen.

To enable Windows update reporting

  1. On the Analyze screen, click the Customize this view link, located at the bottom of the Quick Reports pane.

    The Customize Report Views dialog box appears.

  2. In the Update Impact Reports area, select the Enable Update Impact Reports check box.

To add or remove an operating system from the Quick Reports pane

  • In the Update Impact Reports area of the Customize Report Views dialog box, select or clear the check boxes for the operating systems you want to add to or remove from your update-related reports.

To define your manifest retention policy

  1. In the Update Impact Reports area of the Customize Report Views dialog box, select your manifest retention policy, based on the following options:

    • Keep all downloaded manifests. Retains all of the Windows update manifests.

    • Retain manifests for the last 6 months. Retains the Windows update manifests for six months, at which time the manifests are deleted.

    • Retain manifests for the last 3 months. Retains the Windows update manifests for three months, at which time the manifests are deleted.

    • Retain manifests for the last 2 months. Retains the Windows update manifests for two months, at which time the manifests are deleted.

  2. Select the Remove manifests during synchronization according to your retention policy check box.

    By selecting this check box, you enable the ACT to remove your saved manifests, based on your retention policy, at the same time as your synchronization with the Microsoft Compatibility Exchange.

Adding and Removing Report View Columns

You can add and remove any of the columns from most of the report screens, to provide a more customized view of your information.

To add or remove a column

  1. On the selected report screen, right-click the column headings, and then click Column Options.

    The Column Options dialog box appears.

  2. Select the check box next to any column that you want to add, clear the check box next to any column that you want to remove from your report view, reorder the columns, as required, by using the Move Up and Move Down buttons, and then click OK.

    noteNote
    You can also click Add or Remove Columns when you right-click the column headings; however, this only lets you add or remove a single column at one time and does not allow you to reorder the list.

Report Column Availability

The following table describes all of the available columns for inclusion and exclusion, based on screen.

noteNote
You cannot add or remove columns in the report dialog boxes, but you can reorder how the information is presented to you, by using the Column Options dialog box.

 

Screen Name Default Columns Additional Columns

<Operating_System> - Application Report

  • Application Name

  • Version

  • Company

  • My Assessment

  • Send/Receive Status

  • Vendor Assessment

  • Community Assessment

  • Active Issues

  • Computers

  • Resolved Issues

  • Language

  • Priority

  • Deployment Status

  • Issues with Solutions

<Operating_System> - Application Installation Packages Report

  • Application Name

  • My Assessment

  • Active Issues

  • Resolved Issues

  • Priority

  • Deployment Status

  • Issues with Solutions

<Operating_System> - Computers Report

  • Computer Name

  • Applications with Issues

  • Devices with Issues

  • Operating System

  • Domain

  • Applications

  • Devices

  • Priority

<Operating_System> - Devices Report

  • Model

  • Manufacturer

  • Assessment

  • Device Class

  • Computers

  • Assessment

  • Priority

Internet Explorer - Web Site Report

  • Web Site

  • My Assessment

  • Active Issues

  • Resolved Issues

  • None

Update Impact Reports - Applications

  • Application Name

  • Version

  • Issues

  • Computers

  • Priority

  • Company

  • Language

Update Impact Reports - Updates

  • Release Date

  • MSRC Severity

  • MSRC Bulletin

  • Update Package Title

  • Platform

  • Issues

  • Computers

  • KB Number

  • My Severity

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