Features Scheduled Reports

The right information at the right time

ServerAssist can automatically generate reports periodically, sending them via e-mail, publishing them to a web server or storing them on the file system.

All Types Supported

All the reports available in the user interface are available, and have exactly the the same look and feel.

Flexible Scheduling

Reports can be scheduled to run every few hours, once per day, once per month, only on selected days and only during selected hours.

For example, a report could run once an hour on weekdays between 9am and 5pm, or once per day at 7am, or on the first day of the month at 10am.

Integration With Configuration

In a similar vein to the links embedded in a notification e-mail as part of the active response feature, some reports can contain links to relevant configuration changes, making taking action as a result of report content a one-click process.

For alert lists and event log digest, it is possible to manage the alerts and add event log filters respectively, right from links in the report itself.

Automatic Presentation Selection

Some reports make use of JavaScript to provide interactive capabilities within the report itself. While this leads to a more useful and focussed report, it can create problems when a report is sent via e-mail, since most modern e-mail clients do not process script inside the body of messages.

The interactivity can be enabled or disabled based on the delivery medium - one report configured to be sent by e-mail and published to a web server would have interactive features disabled, and all information always displayed when sent by e-mail, but full interactivity enabled when published to a web server.

Content-Dependent Processing

Sometimes, a report may have no meaningful content - an audit failure report covering a day in which there were no audit failures, for example. Where appropriate, a report can be automatically suppressed if it contains no useful information.

Template Processing

The scheduled report template facility allows a single scheduled report to be dynamically modified as it is generated, overriding several key attributes of the report.

This allows one scheduled report can be used as a template for multiple reports. This can be very useful when there is a requirement to generate multiple reports that are very similar, but differ slightly.

For example, a corporation with 20 departments may want to generate one report for each department, each report covering just that department's systems and each report sent to a different department head.

Using one report and a template program will drastically reduce the maintenance burden of keeping 20 different reports updated.

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