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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

Discoveries

Discoveries are created to collect data. A discovery contains a number of targets, and is assigned to a cluster. The Enterprise Reporter server distributes the work among the nodes in that cluster. For more information, see Defining the Data Collection (Discoveries) .

Role of the Server

The Enterprise Reporter server is the central component of the Enterprise Reporter application. It directs the collection of data, maintains the report data in a SQL database (the central data store), organizes the computers running discoveries (nodes) into logical collections called clusters, assigns discoveries to the nodes using load-balancing, and executes report schedules.

A global corporation has decided to use Enterprise Reporter to keep track of the various SQL databases throughout their enterprise. They have offices located in New York City, London, and Tokyo, and each of these offices has a unique domain hosting several SQL databases.

Each office will host 3 discovery nodes on various computers in their respective domains. These nodes are collected into clusters. A total of 3 clusters are created; one cluster for each office. Additionally, each cluster has its own shared data location located within its domain. When a discovery is created, it is assigned to the cluster in the office.

In each office, when a discovery process is executed, the server assigns the discovery to the nodes within the assigned cluster. All of the required data is written to the local shared data location and then uploaded to the central data store controlled by the Enterprise Reporter server.

The Report Manager

Once you have collected data, you use the Report Manager to generate reports. The Report Manager is a robust, flexible console that lets you create, modify and run reports. The Report Manager is intended for use by users who need to produce reports.

Reports in the Report Manager can be read-only, so that the settings cannot be changed, or they can be modifiable. For a modifiable report, you have control over what data is in the report, and how it is organized and laid out. Report definitions can be exported from one console, and imported into another. You can report on data collected from all clusters in your deployment.

The Database Wizard and Database Content Wizard

The Database Wizard is a stand-alone utility you can use to create and manage your Enterprise Reporter database. For more information, see Installing and Configuring the Configuration Manager.

You can launch the Database Content Wizard from the Database Wizard.

The Enterprise Reporter Database Content Wizard allows a user to perform the following tasks on the information stored in Enterprise Reporter SQL Server® Databases.

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