SolarWinds Product Manager Rob Hock explains how to get started with the reporting capabilities of SolarWinds Orion. We will cover how to modify existing reports, pull in legacy view resources, and even how to create your own custom charts and tables.
The Report Writer in SolarWinds Orion® provides a flexible and intuitive method of extracting and reporting on the data collected. Each Orion module contains out-of-the box reports relevant to the use case. Additionally, reports can be built on the fly, saved and executed manually, or scheduled to be delivered via email. To execute a built-in report, simply click on the "Reports" link under Home, select the desired report and click "View Report." To make it easier to find the report you are looking for, you can order by a variety of criteria, or use the search dialog located in the top right-hand side. To create a new report, or modify an existing one, just click on the "Manage Reports" button above the search bar. Editing an existing report is the easiest way to get acclimated to the report writer. To edit an existing report, select the report, and click "Edit." If you do not want to modify the base report, you can also choose to duplicate and edit the copy. In edit mode, you can retitle, change the logo or footer, or overall report content. You can edit the time period for the resources on the report, the objects you are reporting on, and, if you are using custom tables and custom charts, you can edit the columns in the table and the details of the charts. You can also duplicate individual resources and change them. For example, have a resource that shows all interfaces on a selected node for one time period, then duplicate it to show all resources on the same node for another time period. To create a new chart from scratch, you select the resource you want to use then you select the object(s) you want to report on. You can group the objects by the criteria that makes the most sense for the application. Once the resources are added you can move them on the layout builder. To create a custom chart, add a custom chart resource to your report and select the data source or nodes you want to report on. Use Dynamic Query Builder to select objects where what is included will change over time. For example, "all servers in the New York office." You want to select all objects For example "all nodes." You are using custom tables or custom charts to create "Top XX" resources. Adding a data series will prompt you to select what data you are interested in. In this case, we'll use CPU data. You can further filter your data set to include just the most interesting data. Once you've added content by selecting the resource and the objects, you can preview the resource to make sure it shows what you want it to show. When completed, you can mark the report as a favorite, limit who sees it, and assign custom properties to it in Properties. For more information, please visit www.solarwinds.com.