2.1 Understanding and Assigning the Reporting Rights

The following sections provide detailed information about the Reporting rights that are available to the ZENworks administrators:

2.1.1 Understanding the Reporting Rights

The ZENworks super administrator can assign the Execute/Publish Reports or the Create/Delete Reports rights for a folder or a Web Intelligence document to other administrators.

For an administrator, if a particular right is assigned to a folder, all the subfolders or reports contained within that folder have the same right, unless specific rights are assigned to them. If no rights are explicitly assigned to an administrator, the administrator can only view the list of all the reports.

  • Execute/Publish Report Right: Allows the administrator to schedule reports and manage historical report instances.This right does not allow administrators to create or delete reports or folders within the folder on which the right is conferred. However, the administrator can copy the reports from one folder to another if the administrator has the Create/Delete Reports right on the destination folder.

  • Create/Delete Report Right: Includes the Execute/Publish Report right. It allows the administrators to create, modify, or delete Web Intelligence documents and folders contained within the folder on which the right is conferred.

For more information about how to assign reporting rights, see Section 2.1.4, Assigning Reporting Rights to Administrators.

2.1.2 Understanding the Reporting Folders

ZENworks Reporting contains personal as well as shared folders to create and organize reports. The reports created in the personal folder are personal to the administrator and are not shared or visible to other administrators. Only the reports that are created in the shared folder are accessible to the other administrators.

The following report folders are available on the ZENworks Reporting Server:

  • Favorites Folder: The Favorites folder is the administrator’s personal folder. This folder is available to the administrator who has the Create/Delete Report right or the Execute/Publish Report right. Administrators can save their reports in this folder only if they have the Create/Delete Report right. This folder cannot be viewed by other administrators on the server.

    Administrators who have the Create/Delete right on a Favorites folder can also save the customized InfoView Page Layouts in to the Favorites folder. For more information on customizing the InfoView Page Layouts, see the BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 InfoView User’s Guide.

  • Novell ZENworks Report Folder: This is a shared folder that can be accessed by all the ZENworks administrators on the ZENworks Reporting Server. This folder contains the Custom Reports and the Predefined Reports subfolders.

    • Predefined Reports Folder: The Predefined Reports folder contains reports that are bundled with the product. The folder and its contents are accessible by all the administrators on the server. The administrators can schedule, view, and manage the historical instances of these reports only if they are assigned the Execute/Publish Report right. However, the administrators cannot modify, create or delete these reports.

      If you assign Create/Delete rights to the Predefined Report folder, this applies only the Execute/Publish rights to the folder.

      For report definitions of each of the reports in the Predefined Reports folder, see Section 2.1.3, Understanding the Predefined Reports.

    • Custom Reports Folder: Administrators who have the Create/Delete Report right can create subfolders or reports within the Custom Reports folder and share it with other ZENworks administrators based on their reporting rights.

2.1.3 Understanding the Predefined Reports

The Predefined Reports folder includes predefined reports for Discovered Devices and Asset Management.

The ZENworks Standard Templates folder contains the A4-Landscape, A4-Portrait, Letter-Landscape, and Letter-Portrait formats. You can generate the customized reports in these formats. For more information on using the templates, see Creating Reports by Using ZENworks Standard Templates.

For more information on the report definitions for each of the predefined reports, see the following table:

Table 2-1 Predefined Reports

Predefined Reports


Asset Management

See the ZENworks 10 Asset Management Reference.

Discovered Devices

See Viewing the Predefined Reports in the ZENworks 10 Discovery, Deployment, and Retirement Reference.

ZENworks Systems

This folder contains the Device Listing, Non-Compliant Devices, ZENworks License Information, ZENworks Messages, and ZENworks Server Statistics reports.

For more information on Device Listing and Non-Compliant Devices reports, see Viewing the Predefined Reports in the ZENworks 10 Discovery, Deployment, and Retirement Reference.

For more information on ZENworks License Information report, see ZENworks 10 Product Licensing in the ZENworks 10 Asset Management System Administration Reference.

For more information on ZENworks Messages report, see Message Logging in the ZENworks 10 Asset Management System Administration Reference.

For more information on ZENworks Server Statistics report, see ZENworks Server in the ZENworks 10 Asset Management System Administration Reference.

Creating Reports by Using ZENworks Standard Templates

To use the templates in the ZENworks Standard Templates folder, ensure to set the Select a default creation/editing tool option in the Web Intelligence preference to Advanced. For more information on how to set preferences, see Section 2.6, Setting the ZENworks Reporting Server InfoView Preferences.

To use a template to create a report:

  1. In ZENworks Control Center, click the Reports tab.

  2. In the ZENworks Reporting Server panel, click ZENworks Reporting Server InfoView to launch the ZENworks Reporting Server InfoView.

  3. Navigate to Novell ZENworks Reports > Predefined Reports > ZENworks Standard Templates, select the desired template, then click Organize > Copy to copy the template.

  4. Paste the template to a customized report folder that has Write permission.

  5. In the customized report folder, select the template, then click Actions > Properties to edit the title of the template, specify a name for your new report, then click OK.

  6. Select the template, then click Actions > Modify.

  7. Click Edit Query on the toolbar.

  8. Delete any objects that are in the Results Objects pane.

  9. Drag the objects from the ZENworks universe to the Results Objects pane to create the report.

  10. Click Run Query.

  11. Click the Data tab in the left pane, and drag the objects from the Data panel to the report in the right pane.

  12. Save the report.

2.1.4 Assigning Reporting Rights to Administrators

By default, a super administrator has the Execute/Publish Report right on the Predefined Reports folder and the Create/Delete Report right on the Custom Reports and the Favorites folders. A super administrator cannot change or override these rights.

Any other administrator must be assigned specific rights on the Predefined Reports, Custom Reports, and Favorites folders.

These reporting rights can also be specified within a role that can be assigned to the administrators. For more information on roles, see Managing Administrator Roles in the ZENworks 10 Asset Management System Administration Reference.

To assign reporting rights to the administrators:

  1. In ZENworks Control Center, click the Configurations tab.

  2. In the Administrators panel, select the administrator to whom you want to assign reporting rights.

  3. In the Assigned Rights panel, click Add, then select Reporting Rights to display the Reporting Rights dialog box.

  4. Click Add to browse for and select the folders or reports to which you want to assign the reporting rights for the administrator.

    The rights that you assign to the Reports folder are also automatically applied to the Favorites, Custom Reports, and Predefined Reports folders. You cannot assign rights individually to the contents of the Predefined Reports and the Favorites folders.

  5. Select the reporting rights you want to assign.

    You can allow or deny the Create/Delete Report right and Execute/Publish Report right on reports to the administrator.

  6. Click OK.