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Enterprise Reporter 3.2.1 - Configuration Manager User Guide

Product Overview Configuring the Configuration Manager
Starting the Configuration Manager Finding Answers and Getting Help An Overview of Enterprise Reporter Communications and Credentials Required Logged In User Details Setting Up Your First Collection Computers Modifying your Deployment Improving the Performance of Your Discoveries What does the status of a node or cluster indicate? Using the Credential Manager Changing the Credentials used by the Enterprise Reporter Server Configuring Global Settings Global Discovery Settings
Understanding Discoveries Creating Discoveries
Step 1. Create the Discovery Step 2. Choose what to include in your discovery (Scopes) Step 2a. Choose scopes for your discoveries
Choosing your Active Directory Scopes Choosing your Computer Scopes Choosing Your Exchange Scopes Choosing Your File Storage Analysis Scopes Choosing Your Microsoft SQL Scopes Choosing Your NTFS Scopes Choosing Your Registry Scopes
Step 2b: Choose scopes for your Office 365 discoveries Step 3. Schedule your Discovery Step 4: Review the summary
Managing Discoveries Troubleshooting Issues with Enterprise Reporter Appendix: PowerShell cmdlets Appendix: Encryption Key Manager Appendix: Log Viewer

Using the Browser to Include and Exclude Scopes

The browser is designed to allow you to drill into the acceptable objects for a given discovery type. Although the browser may vary slightly between discoveries, the basic use of it is consistent.

Your discovery should contain objects for which you want to collect similar data because:

See also:

Including Objects in Your Scope

A valid discovery requires that you include at least one object. You can explicitly include high-level objects—domains, OUs and containers. This implicitly adds all computers in the selected object. For some discovery types, you can include objects using a query for more flexibility. For more information, see Using Queries to Define Your Scopes .

When you run the discovery Enterprise Reporter resolves the high level object to a list of targets, or in the case of an AD discovery, to a list of domains. These can be useful because if the contents of the container change, so do the targets of the discovery. Once Enterprise Reporter resolves this list, the other options in the scope can be applied.

Depending on the discovery type, you may also be able to select:

DFS Shares: A published Windows® Server DFS share can be added like any other share, from the System\Dfs-Configuration container within a domain. You can use the Browse dialog box to manually add all other DFS shares.

For more details on including objects in your scopes for each discovery type, see also:

Importing Computers to Your Scopes

On the scopes page, instead of using the Add button to add one computer at a time, you may choose to import multiple computers to be included or excluded from collection for the following types of discoveries:

Microsoft® SQL

You may import from any text file containing a list of the fully qualified computer name (or IP addresses) of the computers to be targeted with one computer per line, as in the following example:

Only unique computer names free of invalid characters will be imported.

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Select Include Computers.
Select Exclude Computers.
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Select the file and click Open to start the import.

Refining Your Scope with Exclusions

This step can be done in conjunction with the inclusions. Exclusions refine your scope further. Use the browser, a query, or the Import option to exclude scopes. For more information, see Importing Computers to Your Scopes .

For example, you can add a computer, but exclude a specific folder; or add a domain and exclude a specific OU. The following rules are used to process your exclusions:

For an Active Directory® discovery, excluded objects are processed after included objects. Any OU or container that is included below an excluded one in the AD structure will not be included, as the exclude will take precedence.
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