Creating a Custom Report

This page lets you create a custom report. A report like this is actually code that generates a printable report. It typically consists of HTML with embedded Relevance and JavaScript commands. You can choose to make this report public or private.

Take note that, if you have a brand new installation of the product, the import or save of custom reports is disabled by default. To import or save custom reports, the product administrator must set the value of key AllowCustomReportCreation to 1. Also the view of custom reports to non-administrator users is disabled by default. To allow any user to view custom reports, the product administrator must set the value of key AllowUserViewCustom to 1. Depending on your installation, these registry keys can be found in:
On Windows operating systems:
HKLM\Software\WOW6432Node\BigFix\Enterprise Server\BESReports
On Linux operating systems:
In the configuration file /var/opt/BESWebReportsServer/beswebreports.config, section [Software\BigFix\Enterprise Server\BESReports]
If you modify any of these registry keys, to enable the change, you must restart the Web Report server.

To create a custom report:

  1. Select Explore Data > Custom.

  2. There is a Filter box. Set it to apply to just the subset of data you want your custom report to be based on.
  3. Fill in the text box by specifying the full report request. For example you can specify to list the names of your IBM BigFix computers as follows:
    <div>Computer Names</div>
        <?Relevance names of bes computers?>
    Note: In the corresponding XML file this information is displayed in the character data (CDATA) block of the Data tag
  4. When you like what you see, click the Save Report button to add your custom report to the list.

When in the list you can change its visibility, label it, and schedule it, as with any other report. The following section describes in more detail how to create a custom Web Report using XML.