Introducing Inventory and Chargeback Reports
Inventory reports automate much of the work that is needed for planning changes or migrations in an Exchange environment. The reports can also simplify much of the ongoing management of Microsoft Exchange.
Whether you are reviewing your Exchange organization to tune message transport or are cleaning up unneccessary overhead, inventory reports add significant value.
You can define scope to a single object and determine the steps that should be taken to increase the productivity of your environment. For pre-migration assessments, you can create regions to model the server and storage consolidations based on actual metrics.
About Chargeback Reports
Using the Chargeback reports, you can calculate charges based on usage of the system. The Chargeback reports apply the definitions to your data storage and resource usage statistics.
To see cost information in the Chargeback reports, you must define the storage and usage costs in the MessageStats console. The chargeback amounts can then be distributed back to the departments or groups that incurred the expenses.
Chargeback Report Descriptions
The following reports are found in the Chargeback folder:
About Inventory Reports
MessageStats provides inventory information so that you can review the components of an Exchange environment. The Inventory reports include information from the most recent MessageStats gatherings, and provide an up-to-date view of your Exchange environment.
You can view summary information about your Exchange organizations, or specific region, server, databases, mailbox, public folder, or distribution group inventory information.
You can also view information about archive mailboxes as well as information about primary mailboxes.
If you have Outlook and Office Communicator installed and running on the computer on which you view reports, you can view presence status icons in any inventory report that shows the individual mailboxes.
If you right-click a status icon, you can communicate with the mailbox owner. For more information about presence information in reports, see Viewing Presence Information .