Reports Pane in Essentials
Updated: May 3, 2010
Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010
The Reporting navigation button displays the Reporting Overview pane, from which you can run System Center Essentials reports. This pane also provides access to related tasks.
After installing System Center Essentials 2010, if you did not complete the initial tasks for discovering objects to manage and for configuring update management, the Reporting Overview pane displays a message prompting you to complete those tasks before using Essentials 2010.
When you click Reporting, you can view the following information:
Essentials 2010 reports, including inventory reports, monitoring reports, and deployment reports.
In the Reporting Overview pane, you can run reports.
System Center Essentials 2010 integrates reporting capability into the Essentials console by adding a Reporting area that you can access from the console navigation pane. Security for reporting is integrated with Essentials 2010 security.
Reports in Essentials 2010 can be either targeted or generic.
All reports are shipped in management packs. If the object is monitored by a specific management pack that provides additional reports, selected reports are displayed in the Actions pane.
Targeted reports are run with parameters based on the console context at the time the report is run. Therefore, you do not have to search or enter the default parameters that are used by the report. Targeted reports are available in the Actions pane associated with the views within the monitoring section; for example, Alert View and State View.
Generic reports are reports run from the Reporting Overview pane without context from the console. For example, an Availability report that needs the user to enter a monitored object to run the report against is a generic report. You would have to manually select parameters to run these reports.
Reporting Overview Pane
The Reporting Overview pane is where reports are always available and is accessed from the Reporting button in the navigation pane. These reports include a report library and authored reports. The report library contains generic reports that have no pre-specified context. The context for the report is defined in the smart parameter header, located at the top of the Report window.