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Home > Success Center > Log & Event Manager (LEM) > SolarWinds LEM Quick Start and Deployment Guide > Get started > Run and schedule LEM reports

Run and schedule LEM reports

Reports provide a bridge between detailed views (point-in-time information) and events (unaltered messages from LEM-managed devices). You can run a report on your Log & Event Manager database to view events and trends and make informed decisions about your network activity. After you create the report, you can print it or export it to several supported formats, including PDF and Microsoft Word). You can also run an ad-hoc report or schedule reports to be sent to you automatically to your email address.

SolarWinds recommends identifying who needs to receive performance or status reports, and how often they should receive them.

Log & Event Manager reports are segregated into three levels: 

  • Master reports include every type of log in an event category and a graphical summary page.
  • Detail reports include all events and event details.
  • Top reports include the top events for a selected category.

Each report level displays in the level column next to the category. Hover your mouse over any column header row and click File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEM/LEMQuickStart/0F0/030/lem_qsg_schedule_reports18.png to filter your selection. Similar to the LEM Console, all reports are based on events and fields in your LEM database.

Run a report

  1. Ensure that your Reports console is installed and configured on a network computer.
  2. Log in to the Reports console as an administrator.
  3. In the Settings tab, click the Data Source drop-down menu and select a manager (the IP address or hostname of your virtual appliance).

    If you are installing Log & Event Manager for the first time, only one manager should appear.

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  4. (Optional) Click the Category drop-down menu and select a report category filter—for example, Audit.

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  5. Select a report title and click Run in the toolbar.

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  6. Select your start and end date and time parameters, and then click Now.

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    The report displays in the View tab.

    This process may take several minutes to complete.

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  7. Click Print in the toolbar to send the report to a local or network printer.

    Click Export to export the report to the appropriate format (such as a PDF or a Microsoft Word document).

Run a custom report

If you want to report about a specific event (such as a user logon failure), you can create a custom report that reports on a specific field. Using the left menu in the Reports console to select the field for your report.

  1. In the left column, select the field you want to query.

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  2. Click Select Expert > New.
  3. Select a field to report on, and then click OK.

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  4. Click the boolean drop-down menu and select your comparison value.

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  5. Select or enter a second value. Click New to select or enter additional fields and expand your query.

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  6. Click OK.

    Select Expert filters out only the information in your query.

    All fields are listed as column labels across the top. You can also mouse over data to display the reported field.

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  7. Click Print to print your report.

    Click Export to export your report to a PDF, Word Document, or other format.

Schedule a report

You can schedule tasks in the Reports console to generate a report based on your criteria. You can schedule the report to run daily or at specific times that you choose.

After you schedule your report task, you can assign the task to a manager and define the task scope—the period of time reflected in the report. When the system runs the report, it retrieves all relevant events that occurred within the scope parameters.

The Reports console works together with Windows Scheduled Tasks for report scheduling.

  1. Select a report in the console and click Schedule.

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  2. Click Add in the Report Scheduler Task dialog box.

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  3. Enter a name that distinguishes this task from any existing or future tasks, and click OK.

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  4. Select your task parameters in the Task tab.

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    Click Set password to password protect this task.

    Select the Run only if logged on check box to run the report only when you are logged on to the Reports console.

    Select the Enabled check box to enable the task.

  5. Click the Schedule tab, and then click New.
  6. Set the schedule parameters that describe when your SolarWinds system can run the task, and then click Apply.

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  7. Click the Settings tab.
  8. Select the scheduling, idle time, and power management settings for your task, and then click Apply.

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  9. Enter your Reports console password to schedule the task, and then click OK.

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  10. Click OK to close the dialog box. If prompted, re-enter your password and click OK.

    The scheduled report task displays in the Report Schedule Tasks window.

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  11. Click Load to View or Edit to assign the task data source.
  12. Click the Select the report data source drop-down menu and select the IP address or hostname of your Log & Event Manager.

    You can assign one report task to one manager. To assign a similar or identical task to another Log & Event manager, create a new task.

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  13. Click the Report Scope drop-down menu and select a date range for this task and data source.

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  14. Select the Start and End data and time for your date range.

    Day:Today reports all data from today.

    Day:Yesterday reports all data from yesterday.

    Week:Current reports all data from seven days ago to the current day.

    Week:Previous reports all data from 12:00:00 AM last Monday to 11:59:59 PM last Sunday.

    Month:Current reports all data from one month ago to the current time.

    Month:Previous reports the last full month of data beginning at 12:00:00 AM on the first of the month until 11:50:59 PM on the last day of the month.

    User:Defined reports all data based on your selected date and time parameters.

  15. (Top Level reports only), In the Count Settings box, enter or select the number of items to track in the report.
  16. (Optional) Select the Export check box to export a scheduled report to a PDF file or send the report to a printer.

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    1. Click the Format drop-down menu and select a file format for your report.
    2. Enter a report name in the File Name field.
    3. Click File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEM/LEMQuickStart/0F0/030/lem_qsg_schedule_reports15.png and select a location for the report.

      If the report includes multiple schedules, provide each scheduled report a different name. Otherwise, new reports will override your existing reports or increment according to the If File Exists setting.

    4. Select an option for similarly-named files in the If File Exists drop-down menu.
  17. Click Save.

    The scheduled report task displays in the Report Schedule Tasks window.

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