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Enterprise Reporter 3.5 - Configuration Manager User Guide

Product Overview Configuring the Configuration Manager
Starting the Configuration Manager Finding answers and getting help Overview of Enterprise Reporter Communications and Credentials Required Using the Credential Manager Setting Up Your First Collection Computers (Nodes) Modifying Your Deployment Configuring Global Settings Customizing the Configuration Manager View
Understanding Discoveries Creating Discoveries
Step 1. Create the Discovery (Name) Step 2. Choose what to include in your discovery (Scopes) Step 2a. Choose scopes for your on-premises 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 cloud 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

How is a Discovery Processed?

When a discovery runs, the process is as follows:

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Types of Tasks

Each discovery is broken down into tasks for processing. You will see these task types as you manage your discoveries. There are several types of tasks.


Examines your scope and reduces it to the smallest number of targets. For a Microsoft SQL discovery, a target is a SQL Server.


Displays as the name of the target. A discovery task collects the data from the target and updates the Enterprise Reporter database.

Group Membership

When the collection requires information from other targets, to improve performance the work is performed at the end of the collection. This can prevent the same data from being repeatedly collected.

Manually Running a Discovery

You can manually run a discovery at any time—unless it is currently running. Before you manually run a discovery, check the Next Run column in the Manage Discoveries main view to see if the next run is scheduled to start soon. A Discovery that has no enabled schedules does not show a Next Run time.

Click Run.

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Viewing your Discoveries

Ideally, you can configure and schedule your discoveries and the Configuration Manager will run discovery jobs to provide fresh data to the Report Manager at the intervals you have specified. However, issues can occur that require your attention. For example, a SQL Server could go offline, or another user might cancel your discovery. Or, you receive inquiries from users about the freshness of the data or whether a particular object is included in the data on which they are reporting. You can use the Manage Discoveries pane to view your discoveries and answer questions about data collection.

The main Manage Discoveries pane is a listing of all the discoveries created on any console connected to your Enterprise Reporter server. A snapshot of the current state of each discovery is shown. For each discovery, you can see the following:

Next Run: The next run of the discovery. This is calculated based on the discovery’s schedule.
Last Run Status: The results of the last run of the discovery - whether it finished, finished but was unable to collect all of the data, or was canceled.
Last Run: When the discovery last completed. This will be empty until the first successful completion of the discovery.
Last Run Time: How long the most recent run of the discovery took to complete. This time is measured from the time the discovery is submitted to the server until the last task finishes running.
Average Run Time: The average of the Last Run Time of the 10 most recent runs of the discovery. Only runs with a Last Run Status of Finished or Finished with failures are included.
Error Suppressions: Indicates when errors have been suppressed for a discovery.

By default, discoveries are grouped by cluster and sorted by discovery name. The current grouping is displayed just above the column headers. An arrow in the column header indicates the current sort.

The Manage Discoveries pane can be customized to display columns in an alternate sequence or to display discoveries with revised grouping, sorting, and filtering. Changes made to the Manage Discoveries pane are automatically saved and used for subsequent logins of the same account.

You can use any of the following options to change the grouping:

To clear the grouping, right-click in the grouping area just above the column headers and select Clear Grouping.

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