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KACE Systems Management Appliance 11.0 Common Documents - KACE Express Quick Start Guide

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Reporting in KACE Express

Reporting in KACE Express

You can use the reporting capability to get a detailed view of the activity on the KACE Express Management Appliance.

KACE Express includes number of standard reports for software, hardware, and other items. Examples of the provided sample reports include Computers with Dell Warranty Expiring in < 60 Days, Computer Uptime Report, Software Inventory by Vendor, Windows 8 Readiness Assessment, and many others in the following categories:

You can also use the report wizard on the Reports page to create custom reports. For both standard reports and custom reports, you can export a report in HTML or PDF format.

Generate a standard report

Generate a standard report

You can run a report using one of 65 standard reports supplied with KACE Express.

1.
On the left navigation bar, click Reporting to expand the section and display the default Reports list page.
3.

In HTML reports, the first data column is automatically linked to the detail page for the item in the Administrator Console.

NOTE: After you have created a custom report, it appears in the Reports list as well and you can generate it in the same manner.

Create reports using the reports wizard

Create reports using the reports wizard

You can use the report wizard to create reports by selecting options from templates.

1.
Log in to the appliance Administrator Console: http://appliance_hostname/admin.
2.
On the left navigation bar, click Reporting to expand the section and display the default Reports list page.
3.
Select Choose Action > New (Wizard) to display the Title and Topic page.
4.
Specify the settings for Title, Category, and Description, and whether the report displays line numbers.

Option

Description

Topic

The topic of the report. This setting determines the fields that are available for the report.

add a subtopic

Click this link to add up to two related topics to the report. Linking enables you to show relationships between up to three types of data in the same report.

When you generate the report in HTML format, you can expand and collapse the rows to drill down into the information as needed.

When you click add a subtopic, additional options become available, depending on the topic you select. For example, if you select Label, Device, and Software, the following two check boxes appear:

Only show rows from Label with at least one Device row.
Only show rows from Device with at least one Software row.

In the preceding example, select these check boxes to limit the report to Labels and Devices that have at least one child row. Label rows would appear in the report only if they have at least one corresponding Device row. Device rows would appear in the report only if they have at least one corresponding Software row.

Clear these check boxes to show all Label and Device rows regardless of whether they contain any Device or Software rows, respectively.

6.
Click Next to display the Fields to Display page, then select the fields that you want to include in the report.
7.
Click Next to display the Column Order page, then drag and drop the fields, from top to bottom, to set the order in which column headings appear. In the report output, columns headings appear in left-to-right order.
8.
Click Next to display the Sort and Breaks page, then configure how the rows are arranged.
9.
Click Next to display the Filters page.
10.
Optional: If you do not want to return the entire data set in your report, add filter criteria:
a.
Click Specify rules to filter the records.
A rule set, with Match all of the following appears. These rules are equivalent to and statements in Boolean logic. To appear in the report, items must match all of the rules in this section.
d.
Select filter criteria, then click Save at the right of the row.
e.
The first nested subset adds a Match any of the following set of rules. These rules are equivalent to or statements in Boolean logic. This enables you to nest or criteria under the top-level and criteria. To appear in the report, items must match the criteria in the Match all of the following rule set and at least one criterion in the Match any of the following rule set.
f.
Click Save next to the rule set.
11.
Click Save.
The Reports page appears with the new report listed. The View By list, which appears above the table on the right, is automatically set to the category of the new report.
12.

In HTML reports, the first data column is automatically linked to the detail page for the item in the Administrator Console.

Updating the KACE Agent on managed devices

Updating the KACE Agent on managed devices

The KACE Express appliance automatically checks with Quest KACE for the KACE Agent updates at approximately 03:40 every day. In addition, the appliance checks Quest KACE for Agent updates whenever the appliance is rebooted.

When Agent updates are available, they are automatically downloaded to the KACE Express appliance, as long as the appliance is connected to the Internet.

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