[Today's post comes to us courtesy of Ed Walters]
SBS Reports can be found under the “Reports” tab in the Windows SBS console. The information is broken into 3 areas: Reports, Preview and Tasks.
The reports window shows the names of the available reports, if the report is to be sent through e-mail, the current delivery schedule that’s set for that report and a brief description of the report.
The preview window returns a preview of the report that is currently highlighted in the reports window.
The Tasks view allows you to view report properties, generate a report, generate and e-mail a report or view a report’s history. You can also add a new report and refresh the console view if needed. Tasks can also be accessed by right-clicking on a report listed in the reports window.
By default SBS 2008 comes with two core reports that cannot be deleted but can be modified.
Summary Network Report – Shows a summary of the activity on the SBS network over the past 24 hours. This includes both server and computers.
Detailed Network Report – Outlines detailed information concerning the performance of your network.
1. Highlight one of the core reports listed in the window. It doesn’t matter which one you select they both offer the same report options.
2. Select add a new report from the Tasks Pane.
3. Enter a name for the new report. You can also add a meaningful description to the report.
4. Select the content you would like included in the report.
5. Select the e-mail recipients for the report.
6. Schedule how often you would like the report to be generated and e-mailed.
7. Archives return a list of previous generations of this report along with their run dates. You can simply highlight one of the reports returned in the “Available Reports” list and select “View Report” to see the old report. You can also reach this section on existing reports by opening the report’s properties or using the “view archives” task for an existing report.
Once the report is created it will appear in the list with other reports in the Windows SBS Console. You will not be able to preview this report until it has been run for the first time. You can either wait until the next scheduled run or generate is immediately by:
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