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Generate reports on demand

Updated: August 22, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 R2

During daily operations, you may want to generate reports on demand to analyze different aspects of current disk usage on the server. Use the Generate reports now action to generate one or more reports. Before the reports are generated, current data is gathered.

When you generate reports on demand, the reports are saved in the reports repository, but no report task is created for later use. You can optionally view the reports immediately when they are complete.

If you choose to open the reports immediately, you must wait while the reports are generated. Processing time varies, depending on the types of reports and the scope of the data.

To generate reports immediately

  1. Right-click the Scheduled Report Tasks node, and click Generate reports now. This opens the Storage Reports Task Properties dialog box.

  2. In Scope, add each volume or folder that you want to report on.

  3. In Report data, select and format each report that you want to include:

    1. To add a report to the task, select the check box for the report.

    2. To edit the parameters of a report, highlight the report label and click Edit Parameters. When you finish editing the parameters, click OK.

  4. In Report format, select each file format that you want to save the report in.

  5. To deliver the reports by e-mail, on the Delivery tab, select the E-mail report to the following administrators check box. Then, enter each e-mail address that you want the report delivered to. Use the format account@domain; use semicolons to separate multiple accounts.

  6. To gather the data and generate the reports, click OK.

  7. In the dialog box that opens, choose whether to open the reports when they are complete or generate the reports in the background, in which case the reports are not displayed.

    Both options save the reports in the formats that you selected. If you choose to open the reports after they are generated, each report opens in its own Internet Explorer window.

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