6.1 Overview

After you have conducted scans on storage resources, Novell File Reporter has the content needed to generate reports. The type of report you can generate depends on the type of scan that you have conducted. For example, in order to create an Assigned NTFS Permissions report, a Permissions scan on a Windows share must first be conducted.

All reports are created by first creating report definitions. The report definition specifies the report name, type, target path to the scans, and more.

IMPORTANT:The report definition name must be unique. If you attempt to give the report definition an existing name, Novell File Reporter generates an error.

Novell File Reporter has built-in aggregate reporting capabilities, meaning that you can specify multiple target paths in the same report. Additionally, Novell File Reporter has built-in scoping, which allows you to browse through the file path or identity system and specify the level where you want to start reporting data. Finally, Boolean filtering is available for all File Data Reports. For more information, see Section A.0, Filtering.

When the definition has been saved, you can generate the report immediately, or schedule it to be generated.

You can generate reports in either Preview or in Stored Report mode. Preview lets you view the report where you can save it locally if you want to. Stored Report saves the report to the server hosting the NFR Engine, where it remains for a set amount of days.

You can generate Detailed Reports from certain built-in report types. For example, a File Extension Report can be the means of generating a Detailed Report that includes the specific details of all of the *.mov files.

All built-in reports include a cover sheet that you can customize to include your organization’s logo.