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13 Configuring, Generating, and Viewing Reports

Configuration Change Console provides a library of predefined reports to aid in analyzing compliance with policies and spotting potential problems. These reports can be viewed online, printed, or distributed to specific individuals. To create reports specific to your environment, you must create report instances, based on predefined reports.

Several steps are required to complete the report-configuration process. Some tasks must be completed prior to using Configuration Change Console Auditor and other steps can be taken using the Configuration Change Console report features.

Before you can use the Configuration Change Console report features:

  1. Install and configure the BI Publisher Server, if it is not already available in your enterprise. Refer to the Configuration Change Console Installation Guide.

  2. Publish the Configuration Change Console reports to the BI Publisher Server. This step integrates the Configuration Change Console reports into the BI Publisher Enterprise system. You can select from a list of reports provided with the Configuration Change Console product. Refer to the Configuration Change Console Installation Guide.

Using the Configuration Change Console report features, described in this chapter:

  1. Configure the Configuration Change Console BI Publisher Server, described in BI Publisher Server Configuration.

  2. In the Configuration Change Console BI Publisher Deployment screen, described in this chapter, customize the run-time parameters and make report instances available for users to run.

  3. Create a report instance (a specific, customized version of the deployed report), based on a predefined report.

BI Publisher Server Configuration

The BI Publisher Server Configuration screen completes the integration with your BI Publisher software. Using this screen, you can establish the connection with your BI Publisher Server.

To access this screen, navigate to Administration --> Server Administration --> BI Publisher Server.

Configure the following parameters:

BI Publisher Deployment

This section provides instructions for deploying BI Publisher Reports through the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Configuration Change Console user interface. Follow these steps to deploy BI Publisher Reports:

  1. Log into the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Configuration Change Console Product interface using the Administrator login

  2. From the Navigation tree, select Administration > Server Configuration > BI Publisher Reports Deployment

  3. The BI Publisher Reports Deployment screen will display. This screen shows all reports that have been published on the BI Publisher Server. The columns displayed include:

    • Report Name -- The name of the report as published in the BI Publisher server

    • Description -- A brief description of the report, specified in the BI Publisher Server

    • Deployed -- Indicates whether the report can be seen/run by users in the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Configuration Change Console server

    • Default Parameters -- Indicates whether default parameters have been configured through the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Configuration Change Console user interface, for use by the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Configuration Change Console server in report generation

    • Last published in BIP Report Server -- The date the report was published into BI Publisher Server

    Click on a report name link to configure default parameters for the report, as well as to modify the deployment status.

    Check the checkbox and click the Deploy checked reports button to make the report available in the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Configuration Change Console server.

  4. Click on a Report Name link to configure any default parameters for the report, as well as modify the report deployment status.

  5. The Update a BI Publisher Reports Deployment screen will display. Click the deployed checkbox to make the report available in the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Configuration Change Console server.

  6. Specify the following report elements:

    • Report Start and End times -- Specify the start and end time for report data set. The report will include data collected within the time interval specified. Note that certain reports feature an Include Current Hour option which can be toggled to include all data collected during the hour leading up to the report.

    • Report Parameters -- Specify a range of data elements to include by default in each report. Depending on the report type, you will have a different set of configurable Default Parameters. These include such things as individual monitored devices, or device groups, application users, and/or individual files (The report in the screenshot below features an input field for file rules). Note that most reports feature only device and group report parameter selections. Further note that you can select device groups or individual devices, but not both at the same time.

    Repeat steps 4 through 6 for all reports that you want to make visible through the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Configuration Change Console user interface. Once the reports have been deployed they will be viewable by all users on the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Configuration Change Console server.

  7. Navigate to Reports > Configure Your Reports > Reports to view all the report instances created by the available reports that have been deployed into the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Configuration Change Console server

  8. Click the Add Report Instance button or the report instance name link to create/update the report instance. Fill in the following information:

    • Report Instance Name -- The unique instance name

    • Report -- The report list that has been deployed into the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Configuration Change Console server (we can call them report templates)

    • Description -- the description from the selected report template. Also you can change it

    • Run Schedule -- Specify the schedule for this report instance. Currently we support Daily, Weekly, Monthly, First day of the month and None (means no schedule)

    • Run on Demand? -- If you uncheck it, the report can't be run

    • On demand parameter? -- Specify whether you should re-configure the parameter's value before running the report instance or not. Checking it means need to re-configure the parameter's value, otherwise not

    • Priority -- Use to define the priority when sending notification for the generated report. The range is from P1 to P5, P1 is most urgent

  9. Click the number link under the Recipients column on the Configure Report Instances screen and navigate to the Report Distribution List screen.

    You can specify the person who can receive the notifications.

  10. After the report instance is created, navigate to Reports > View Your Reports > View Reports. You can generate a report by clicking the report's Run Now link. When running a report you will have the option to specify unique runtime parameters only when the On demand parameter? checkbox is checked. By specifying runtime parameters you can override the default parameters configured for the report.

  11. Once a report has generated you can click the page icon next to the report name to view the report.

Update a BI Publisher Deployment

Using the Update a BI Publisher Reports Deployment screen, you can modify the deployment or active status of a configured BI Publisher Report.

To access this screen, navigate to Administration --> Server Configuration --> BI Reports Deployment --> Report Name link.

The following details are displayed for each report, with the capability of configuring the Deployed status and the default parameters:

  • Report -- The report name is displayed as a link in the BI Publisher Deployment screen to direct you to the Update a BI Publisher Deployment screen

  • Last Published Date -- Date and time the report was last published

  • Description -- Brief description of the information contained in the report (optional)

  • Deployed -- Indicates whether or not the current report is active

  • Default Parameters -- If the report accepts parameters, you can select which parameters are included by default. For example, you may be able to include start and end times for each event in the report, or you might be able to specify device groups or individual devices for application instances

Configuring Report Instances

To configure an offline report, define the general report and then assign and configure report modules from the predefined report library supplied with the installation package. The Configure Report Instances screen displays a list of reports that have already been configured.

To access this screen, navigate to Reports --> Configure Your Reports --> Reports.

To create a new report instance, click the Add Report Instance button. To modify an existing report instance, click the link in the Report Instance Name column. Either way, the Configure Report Instance screen is displayed. Enter the following report details:

Click Save to save changes or Reset to reset the fields.

Selecting Devices for Report Instances

By default, no devices or device groups are selected for any report; you must assign them to a report instance. In Devices mode, you can select devices individually. In Group mode, if devices are added or removed from the group, the report will change dynamically, but you cannot change the selection of individual devices using the group mode. By default, a group includes all devices in that group.

To access this screen, navigate to Reports --> Configure Your Reports --> Reports --> Report Name link.

To select device(s) for a report, follow these steps:

  1. Select a Device Mode: either Groups or Devices

  2. Select specific devices or device groups

  3. Click Save to save changes or Reset to reset the fields

Configuring the Report Distribution List

The Report Distribution List screen allows you to select the people or team(s) that will receive reports.

If you assign a report to a team, new members will receive the report on joining the team. If you unselect a person from a team, then that person will be excluded from receiving the report. If you do not select a team and you select only select individuals from that team, then the report will only be sent to the specified individuals, even as the team membership changes.

From the Configure Report Instances screen, click a link in the Recipients column.

To access this screen, navigate to Reports --> Configure Your Reports --> Reports --> Recipients link.

Note:

You also can access this screen if you have configured a report instance to enable on-demand parameters. When you click the Run Now link in the BI Publisher screen, you will see this screen as the second set of on-demand parameters.

To specify the distribution list, follow these steps:

  1. Select Individual People or Teams from the drop-down option. If you select Teams, expand the teams to display a list of all users assigned to the team.

  2. Select specific users or teams to receive the report.

  3. Click Save to save changes or Reset to reset the fields.

Generating and Viewing Reports

By default, all BI Publisher reports can be viewed by a user through the Configuration Change Console user interface. The administrator also has the option of sending the generated PDF report to specified users via email.

To access this screen, navigate to Reports --> View Your Reports --> View Reports.

To instantly run a report, click the Run Now link to instantly generate the selected report. If the report is configured as an On-Demand report, you will be prompted to supply parameters. The report will generate and its status will change to Running until it has run successfully. If problems are encountered, the Last Run Status will display an error message. To view an existing report, click on the Report Name or the PDF icon to report as of the last run date. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader on the local system to view the PDF file.

The BI Publisher screen displays the following details:

The parameters shown on this screen depend on what has been configured for the report instance. At a minimum, you will need to specify the Time or Time Range:

Click the Next button to configure the Report Distribution List. Select Individual People or Teams from the drop-down option. Click Apply Filter.

Viewing Online Reports

The Configuration Change Console solution comes with a number of other online reports available from the Reports menu.

For each of these reports, you can select specific devices and timeframes to confine or filter the information displayed.