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Enterprise Reporter 3.2 - Quick Start Guide

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Add Another Node to a Cluster

Each target is assigned to a node, balancing the distribution across the nodes until all the nodes are processing as many tasks as they are able. If no nodes are available to process the task, it must wait until a node becomes available.

When you run a computer discovery, each computer in the discovery is separate task that can be assigned to a node. In this case, adding nodes will speed up the performance of your discovery. This is particularly important as we are collecting change history data as well, which will increase the time taken to process each task.

In this scenario, you are going to add another node to handle collecting more data from a larger number of targets.

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Click Add.

Enable Change History for the Computer Discovery Type

You configure change history at a global level for each discovery. All discoveries of that type will collect this data. When you create a discovery, the Name page indicates whether change history is enabled for the discovery type.

In this scenario, it is important to enable change history before running the first discovery, so that all changes are captured.

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On the Discovery Management | Configuration page, click Configure global change history settings.
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For the Computer discovery type, click Disabled to toggle the setting.
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Click Close.

Create and Schedule a Discovery

Since you need this weekly, you can create a weekly discovery. In this simple case, we are assuming that the targeted computers are located relatively close together. If they were very dispersed, you would create different discoveries in the appropriate cluster to ensure faster collections. Each computer should only be in one discovery, so while we are going to configure the discovery to collect the minimal needed data, if at a later time more information is needed, this discovery should be expanded, rather than creating a new one to gather the new data.

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On the name page, enter Computer Services so you can identify the discovery easily once you have a list of discoveries.
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On the Scopes page, click Add to choose your computers.
Browse to locate the computers, click Include, and click OK to close the Browse dialog box.
On the Scopes page, click Import to add computers from a file.
Browse to locate the file containing the computers to add, select the file, click Open to start the import, review the import results, and click OK to close the results screen. For more information, see Importing Computers to Your Scopes.
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Click Next.
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Click Weekly and schedule the discovery to run once a week.
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Click Finish.

Schedule the Report

When you are scheduling a report with time-sensitive information in it, you must make sure the discovery has time to finish collecting all of its data before you run the report. For small, simple discoveries, this should be easy to predict, but for large discoveries, or discoveries that are slowed down by network issues, such as nodes placed far from their targets or connectivity problems, it may take a few runs to learn how long it will take.

For more details on the steps to take to schedule a report, see Schedule Report Delivery to Stakeholders .

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On the Report tab of the Report Manager, expand Report Library | Change History and drag the Computer Change History report to My Reports.
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On the Schedule tab, click +New Schedule, and enter Service Changes as the schedule name.
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Select Computer Change History, and click OK.
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In the Parameters pane, in the Description text box, type Changed services on [computer names] to identify the parameter values you will use.
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In the Include the following domains parameter, type the domain name, and click Add.
You also can click Search, locate and add the domain, and click OK.
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In the Include the following computers parameter, click Search, and add the computers you targeted.
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In the Include the following changes parameter, click Search and add Services.
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Click Save.

Your report will now run automatically, reporting on the data from your scheduled discovery.

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